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Me Since You

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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-ye...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by MTV Books (first published February 14th 2014)
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Giselle
A sad but moving novel; Me Since You is a difficult, yet eye opening journey into the deep, dark abyss of grief.

It doesn't start out as an emotional train wreck, though, which is something I really appreciated. We get introduced to Rowan as a normal teenager. We see her living a normal life, with the angst and risk that come with teenage antics. There's also some romance involved that's refreshingly cute and full of the new-relationship happiness and hope. The tragedy itself only occurs past a...more
Melanie
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Sobbing.

Sobbing.

2 hours later.

Eating chocolate that Eileen sent via the internet.

Thinks of Me Since You.

Starts sobbing again.

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Well that sucked. Not the book, but the fact that I had to hold in all my tears as I read this book on the train and at the state library. Trust me people; there were a lot of tears wanting to fall. Right now, I just want to sit in a hole with my chocolate and ice-cream and blanket and hide there for eternity. Is that allowed?...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)
Rowan is a normal teenager. A little rebellious. A little bit overtaken by her dominant BFF. She loves her family and worries about saving money for a car, what clothes to wear, and how people at school see her. All that changes the morning that a man decides to kill himself and his baby boy. Rowan's dad was the responding officer that morning, and while he's dealt with his share of tough situations over the years, the backlash that comes from the media and public because of this incident pushes...more
Keertana
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Ashley
Me Since You is hands down the most powerful and emotional book I have ever read. This book ripped me to emotional shreds. I have never cried so much over one book in my entire life.

If you don't like sad books, turn away now. Me Since You is not just sad—it's devastating. The genuine loss and hopelessness that drips from the words in this book will cripple you a thousand times over. I read this book in increments, and each time I picked up the book again, the tears immediately started up again....more
Jasprit
“I will never understand how life can rip your heart
out with one hand and then give you a small,
warm piece of it back with the other?
How can something so good come from something
so terrible?”


Sometimes trying a new book by an author that you’ve never tried before can be daunting. But by just reading the first few pages of Me Since You, I knew I would love this book and would read anything written by Wiess right away. Wiess captured the grief that Rowan and her family had to go through really well...more
Abbe "The Sexy Gryffindor" Hinder
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3.5 Stars

Me Since You is a story about grief and regret. It's a story that will hopefully draw a few tears, if not buckets full. It will leave you tired and drained but in a good way. Hopefully you'll be able to connect to this piece of art just like I had. It's such an emotional roller coaster that has a few dips and stops but is great.

Unfortunately, this novel has a hard time being realistic at moments. The times when Rowan needs Eli the most, he's miraculously there. No one goes to prom with...more
AH
Initial Thoughts: About a 3 or 3.5 star read for me. This was a difficult read for me. It was outside my usual genre and it dealt with depression, suicide, and death, along with the aftermath for the surviving family members. It's sad. It will make you cry. It's hard to read, just because of the emotions.

The Review:

Christal and I read this book as part of the Jumble Your Genres Challenge from Lovin' los Libros. You can read our thoughts on Me Since You at Badass Book Reviews.

Me Since You is o...more
Claire Robinson
2.5 Stars.

Me Since You reminds me of a very long Winter, or a cloudy day, You wait and wait for the sun to shine through, and the Spring to rear it's head, but ultimately it stays cloudy, and hey it's January so suck it up Winter is going to be around for a long while yet.

Well written, developed story. Can't say I was that enamoured with Rowan, she seemed to take everything so personally, or somehow twist it up so much she managed to make it her fault.

If you are looking for some out and out angs...more
Sarah
Jan 24, 2014 Sarah marked it as not-for-me
Shelves: dnf
The older I get, the harder time I have with grief-filled books. Me Since You is beautifully written and emotionally evocative, but I couldn't keep reading it--there was just too much for me. If you want an ugly cry, an lovely writing, this is a good choice.

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Apropos of nothing, I really love the cover model's hair.
Alex
2.5 stelline!
Questo libro si é rivelato tutto, fuorché quello che mi sarei aspettata.
Lento, triste ed angosciante oltre ogni possibile immaginazione...
Non fraintendetemi, pretendo che una lettura mi faccia vivere emozioni intense e contrastanti, ma questo libro é un funerale continuo!
Una girandola di emozioni soffocanti, che molto spesso diventavano "pesanti"da leggere.
Pagine e pagine di dolore, sofferenza, rimorso, rimpianto e colpa, per non avere saputo prevedere l'inevitabile.
Rowan é una prot...more
Tez
I went into this novel expecting a story of a school shooting. What I got instead was something very different - and unexpectedly triggering. We're talking not being able to sleep because of crying until 4AM.

So my TRIGGER WARNINGS to you are also SPOILERS:

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If you'd prefer something more specific:

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You've been warned.
Mitchii
Rowan and I, you could say we were in the same situation (that's far as I can share). But we’re not on the same page as far as the grieving goes. I mean, every one of us deal with this kind of pain differently. And even though we had a common denominator I sort of felt detached to her. I guess it was too overwhelming to me and I wasn’t completely committed to her issues.

Rowan’s father is a police officer and one day, he failed to save the guy from committing suicide. And that’s where it all star...more
Angigames
Ho acquistato questo libro convinta di avere tra le mani un’altra, semplice storia YA, con i suoi giovani amori, i suoi piccoli difetti e una necessaria leggerezza. E invece no, invece questo è uno YA completamente diverso, molto più cupo, più ostico e più lento. Ma queste caratteristiche non hanno sminuito la trama, me l’hanno fatta amare, perché è bello che alcuni autori affrontino temi del genere.
Questa è la storia di Rowan, 16enne in piena crisi adolescenziale, che salta la scuola e ama le f...more
Tori ♡
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NOTE: I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Before reading this book, I wanted to pick up a nice feel-good contemporary book with a love interest that would make me want to swoon. Imagine my surprise when I cried halfway through reading this book. That's right, guys. I cried during this book. The emotional roller coaster that this book put me through was something that I was not anticipating whatsoever....more
Molli Moran
One of THE best books I've ever read.

Hands down.

Gorgeous prose, real characters, and a respectful, honest dialogue about mental illness coupled with a profound look at grief and healing make this a stand-out novel that will linger with me for a long time to come.

(ALSO. Eli? SWOON.)
Nara
Okay, everyone, have a quick read of the last paragraph of the blurb
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Doesn't it seem like the romance is going to be a HUGE focus of the book? It sounds like Eli somehow swoops in and completely saves Rowan; with the romance being the reason why she can move forward. Well, let me shatter that expectation for you: the romance is actually, quite surprisingly, a relatively minor subplot in the book.

That being said, the relationship between Rowan and Eli was incredibly sweet and well developed. El...more
Maryellen
“Me Since You”, even the title makes you pause for a moment to think of all of the implications of that phrase. Most of us can relate. Most of us have had a person in our life whose absence or presence alters our whole self.

Rowan Areno’s Father Nicky is a highly respected and decorated Police Officer. He keeps a tight rein on Rowan because he has seen firsthand the dangers out there. If only he could protect Rowan. If only he could save everyone.

Rowan was just a normal sixteen year old girl bef...more
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
"Grief..." She shakes her head. "You can't hide from it. There is no over, under or around it. No avoiding. It will stay until you make your way through it."

This book right here broke my heart. The subject matter is so intense. It is full of such raw honesty and heartbreak. I lived every single one of the emotions as they were experienced throughout the story. I'm not even sure what I was expecting when I started reading this, but it definitely wasn't what I got. It was everything I could ha...more
Michelle
Teens and tragedy appear to go hand-in-hand lately. It is unfortunate in a way because it makes the teen years much more difficult than they already are. Still, there is an attraction between the two that is difficult to ignore, if only because misery does love company. Besides, people find solace in another person’s pain – to some extent.

The most emotionally difficult scenes within the story are also the ones that emphasize Ms. Wiess’ mastery of the emotions within the story. Rowan’s, as well a...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Me since this book

This is such a difficult book to rate! I really am having a difficult time settling on a star rating. Normally I just rate on how enjoyable I found a book, but Me Since You was so thoroughly and heartbreakingly sad can I really say that I enjoyed myself reading it? Mmm, that might be a stretch...

So, if I can't do that, perhaps I should rate on writing quality? Well, actually, if we're going there, the present tense narrative and the unfathomable allergy to pronouns drove me sl...more
Chelsea Pitcher
It's been a long time since I've found a book like ME SINCE YOU, one that compelled me to carry it around with me everywhere I went, because I didn't want to stop reading it for a second. I gobbled it up in a manner of days. And it will resonate with me for a long time.

There is so much about this book to love. The writing is beautiful and engaging. The characters are relatable. The story is heart-breaking, yet addictive. It's rare to find a book that leads one through so many different emotions:...more
Eileen
Check out more of my reviews at Singing and Reading in the Rain!

Me Since You, told from a sixteen-year-old girl named Rowan's point of view, is powerful and demands to be felt. What her perspective brings is to watch the destruction of a loved one. After her police officer father fails to save a man and a baby from committing suicide, he spirals into a depression, one that absolutely wrecks him and his family. Rowan's entire world was falling around her, as she tried to cope with the tragedy of...more
Angie
Mar 18, 2014 Angie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I've decided that Laura Wiess' books scare me. She is not afraid to incorporate the unfortunate and often hellish details of everyday life into her contemporary novels, and I have learned that I have to tread carefully if I am to imbibe, if you will. In fact, I didn't even pick up her last couple of books because I was leery of being hurt. But I was (and am) such a fan of her debut novel, Such a Pretty Girl (despite it's hellish subject matter), that I have b...more
Nobody
First I would like to point out that I am a bad netgalley user, I got this book back in like February and just read it. I don't know why it took me so long, I kept saying I was going to read it and then I would open my kindle and click on something different, but now, finally, I have read it and oh my jeez, the feels. okay?
Have you ever read and book and just been completely speechless? Not necessarily because it's like the most epic thing ever or because it was just soooo bad, but just because...more
diana (chaotic reader)
I received an eARC of the book from the publisher through NetGalley.

The first thing I noticed about the book is its cover. No matter how cliche it seems now, I find it very irresistible to read a book with a pretty cover. And then I read the blurb and I was like, "I have got to read this now!"

I have no idea what went wrong about a hundred or so pages of the book. I was very ecstatic when I started reading the book but I was just extremely bored when I was a few chapters in. I have put my kindl...more
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Feb 07, 2014 Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of heartbeat by e. scott
3.5 to 4 stars

I love it when a single voice tells me so many stories.

As I lay thinking about at night, Me Since You made infinitely sad. Depression can be really scary. And worse is, seeing your parents break down; seeing your father cry and your mother hopeless. The past winter was really tough for me and my family- depression like this, for differing reasons, at varying levels with the the weather which couldn't be counted on since it was raining the whole goddamn time. That was why the first...more
Vox
Oh, boy.

Faithful readers, Laura Wiess is not content to show you sadness and discontent amongst the teen set. No. She wants to grab you by the throat, then use her other hand to rip your heart out.

So you might want to grab a box of tissues before you read this one.

Rowan is a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore determined to skip school one day with her bestie Nadia, who has arranged for the girls to meet up with two hot upper classmen. But things don't go as planned, largely because Rowan's f...more
Natalie
I received this ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review


Heart breaking, realistic, dark view of grief.

When I requested this book of netgalley I read the blurb and this sounded like, it was mainly based around a romance. I got that completely wrong yes there is a romance but it's in the background of a more dark issue. That many people have had happen to them grief.
I can't really say much about the plot as I may spoil the story. But as I said above, this book shows a very realistic vi...more
Aditi nichani
A huge thanks to the publisher Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review:

Rowen Areno is just a normal teenager- trying to keep up with her social butterfly best friend, Nadia as well as the pressure to be a 'cool' sophomore in high school: Cutting classes, experimenting with alcohol and, taking a whiff of her first cigarette and of course, partying with seniors! Slightly overprotected by her cop- father and her libr...more
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Laura Wiess is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Such a Pretty Girl, chosen as one of the ALA’s 2008 Best Books for Young Adults and 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and Leftovers. Originally from Milltown, New Jersey, she traded bumper-to-bumper traffic, excellent pizza, and summer days down the shore for scenic roads, bears, no pizza delivery, and the irresistible allure...more
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“When someone threatens suicide, when they tell somebody they're going to do it beforehand they're reaching out, hoping someone will stop them. The problem is that people who aren't depressed don't always understand that and have a hard time believing it. To them, the idea of killing yourself to end pain is inconceivable. They think it's nothing but drama or a bid for attention and if they ignore it or reason with them, they'll come to their senses and life will go back to normal. [...] Most times it doesn't happen that way. The ones who don't tell anyone beforehand...They've already made their decision and planned it all out to make sure they succeed. We find them after the fact, when it's too late.” 3 likes
“But when I looked for good, evil came; and when I waited for light, darkness came. My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep. (Job)” 2 likes
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