Me Since You
Author: Laura Wiess
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Pages: 368 (eBook)
Genre: YA – Contemporary
Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
Before starting Me Since You, I’d heard that this was a very devastatingly realistic book so I couldn’t help but to increase my expectations. I thought it was going to be TFIOS kind of sadness but apparently it was WAY MORE.
The beginning is rather perplexing that I had to keep frowning – took me quite a while to understand. For example, it is talking about A and then suddenly B and then go back to A again. Additionally, the writing didn’t help at all. Like, one sentence is so long you can just make a paragraph out of one. Fortunately, I grew accustomed to the writing and eventually it didn’t bother me anymore.
Me Since You tells the story of how Rowan deals with the grief and emptiness left after her father committed suicide. I’m just gonna go straight to the point. The fact that I’ve never experienced loss and grief as big as Rowan possibly resulted in my failure to connect with her character – or actually relate to the whole book. There were also times that Rowan’s actions just flat-out irritated me. For instance, when she just assumes something before hearing the explanations. Blah, she claims to do it because of grief but at that point I felt almost completely disconnected with her I could barely care. (Seriously, I feel like a heartless bitch for writing this review -_-)
Due to its character-driven nature, there isn’t much happening and the plot moves slowly. I managed to enjoy some parts but then things felt like dragging most of the time. However, I appreciated that the romance just stays in the shadows even though I wouldn’t mind if Eli appeared more because I liked his character haha.
Through Me Since You, I came to conclusion that heavy contemporary is not my thing. I highly recommend it for people who are up to depressing reads. It’s not the book, it’s just me. I may be the black sheep but I won’t stop any of you from reading it as many people have loved it.