[ARC Review] Me Since You by Laura Wiess

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?

 

 

Thank you MTV Books and Edelweiss for the review copy! This doesn’t affect my opinions or review at all.
 

Review

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.

 

8 comments

  1. YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS! I thought I was the only one who wasn’t able to relate with this one. And that really bothered me because books like these would really make me bawl like a baby. I easily tear up even with the most mundane of things. But this one didn’t make me cry.

    I still gave it a 3.5 star rating because it was something new and I learned some valuable lessons about handling grief. But if I have to disregard that, this one could have gotten a star rating for me.

    I find it difficult to connect with the characters. The romance was almost non-existent. And the grieving was endless to the point that it was getting monotonous. Pages after pages were spent with our characters constantly moping and sobbing and all that.

    Great review, Kezia.

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    1. Same here, Charlotte. I definitely thought the grieving too long to the point that it was slightly unrealistic but I guess I’ve just never experienced that before. This is one of the few novels I wish there had been more romance because I like the love interest.

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  2. I keep meaning to pick up a book by this author, but I always get distracted by other books! I think I’ll give this one a try, as I generally love really heavy contemp stuff… Even if I don’t like it, at least I’ll have a taste of Wiess’ writing.

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    1. Ooh, then you really should try this one! I generally don’t like heavy contemp so that’s probably why this book didn’t click with me.

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  3. I don’t really like slow moving stuff because I get bored easily. Contemporary just doesn’t do it for me, I didn’t find TFIOS that enjoyable but I think this was because of the hype. I don’t know whether I should judge this genre based on that one experience but I’m definitely going to try and get into this genre this year. Great review! Don’t think I’ll be picking this one up anytime soon.

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    1. I’m trying to read more contemps as well and since I’ve known that I don’t enjoy heavy contemps…perhaps I’ll try the light ones :p

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  4. I actually tend to love the heavy contemporary over the fluffy stuff, so this one is probably one that I’ll like. I was approved on NetGalley, so we’ll see how I like it when I read it!

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