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Meet Me at the River

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  47 reviews
We can't choose who we love - but can we choose to let go?

Stepsiblings Tressa and Luke have been close since they were little - and when they become teenagers, they slip from being best friends to being something more. Their relationship makes everyone around them uncomfortable, but they can't - won't - deny their connection. Nothing can keep them apart.

Not even death. Luk
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
I think I'm finally ready to start reading again, but I'm still not ready to spend more than 5 minutes writing a review. Sorry kids. I'll get my reviewing mojo back eventually. O.o

This is the book that Ever should have been. I felt the connection between the couple in Meet Me at the River in a way I never did with Ever.

It's really too bad that I rarely click with the books which have a certain sort of quiet beauty in the details. In the same way that I struggled with Shiver and A Certain Slant o
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mich

In general, I'm a pretty impatient reader. I like action. I like drama, I like passion. This book had none of that. This book was quiet. It was a story about longing, and grief. It was slow and normally a read like this would bore the crap out of me, but for some reason, I was never bored with this book. Something about it just held my attention from the very beginning and never let go.

This story is about how 18 year old Tressa deals with the aftermath of the untimely death of her boyfriend, Lu
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Isamlq
I loved….

… That no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t love any of them completely ~ or hate them for that matter, because they all just were. She’s sad and going on ~ or struggling to, while he’s after-Luke, unable to move on.

… How the story isn’t just theirs, but touches on other lives as well. In particular there’s that almost mirroring in who her mother was to who his father, made more by those admissions of Romeo/Juliet and vice.

Mirroring but in the opposite because where the younger are m
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Nomes
Nina de Gramont is such an amazing writer, I love what she does with prose and how real her characters feel. (proper review to come)

seriously excited for this book. i loved her debut Every Little Thing in the World so, so much <3
Jessica
I remember reading an Onion article years ago where the headline was "Pitchfork gives music a 6" or something like that, and I feel like I'm getting to be that way about books. "Jessica gives books a 3"

I think my barriers to totally accessing this book were the fact I really struggle to swallow anything supernatural that isn't like, campy supernatural. (view spoiler) Also, I have a hard tim
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Megan  • Reading Books Like a Boss
This book sounds depressingly beautiful! Just the way I like it!

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Melliott
Meet Me At the River is told from two viewpoints, that of Tressa, trying to cope with the death of her boyfriend, and Luke, the boy who is dead but can't leave. I don't want to say too much about it, because I so much enjoyed discovering the facts of the story in exactly the way the author wanted me to, which was not immediately, not all in a paragraph of explanation, but gradually, through the interchanges, the thoughts, the scenes, that I'd like other readers to have that experience.

This book
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Missy Brewer
This book is so much more than the description. It doesn't do it justice really. This is a very well written book about things most people don't want to talk about. It covers love, loss, and the struggle to move on beautifully. It is very moving and I am adding it to my favorites list.
Sierra
meet me at the river: Nina De Gramont

Luke and Tressa were always together, until the accident happened that had made Luke leave this earth and Tressa then try to kill herself to be with him. Until her suicide attempt had failed and she lives, and Luke is back as some sort of spirit, only able to visit Tressa at night.

Tressa has decided to spend her days alone, listening to her mother, who looks over her shoulder 24/7 scared that she may try to commit again, while she waits for the nights she ca
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Sarah Thomas
Meet Me by the River by Nina de Gramont was a very touching and a breathtakingly good story. I love how it starts out with months after Luke's death and Tressa goes back and talks about times before he died and what happened with their families and how they were childhood friends and then started dating.
Tressa and Luke's situation was so bittersweet because they could see each other and talk to each other but they couldn't feel each other or talk about things that happened after Luke's death.
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Sherry
So I read a book called Meet Me at the River, by Nina de Gramont, and I don’t know how to feel about it yet. I have to return it today, thus I don’t have much time to ponder it, and so I’m just going to give my raw feelings about it.

I was all over the map as I read this book, not only in regard to what rating to give it, but with how it made me feel. For me, the book started painfully slowly. I was almost halfway through the book before I felt compelled to read to find out what happened to the c
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anniethetoaster
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Tressa is deeply in love with Luke even though he is dead. She does not want to move on and neither does he. Luke haunts her but they cannot feel each other except on the spot where Tressa tried to commit suicide. Slowly and painfully Tressa must move on with her life knowing that as she does she may no longer see Luke. The grief and love that come across the pages will profoundly move the reader. This story does not fall into a typical paranormal romance genre. Rather it is more similar toI Hea ...more
Ally
Meet Me at the River is perfectly cryable. (Note: cryable is not a word. Please don't use it in your college essays or writings or anything like that). It's about a story of a ghost, Luke, and a girl who can't let go of him, Tressa. It totally reminds me of the movie...Ahhh! There's too many movies like this book. Too many to remember.

If you break the book down, Meet Me at the River is pretty much about moving on with life, rather than stay behind in the past. That's the biggest theme in this b
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Stacy
I'm going to be honest at first this book started off very slow to me. It was hard to get into but all of a sudden there was a change and I couldn't put it down. Tressa and Luke's story is so utterly tragic and the entire time you hope that they can somehow be together but you ultimately know they can't... There's now way that it can end the way you want to. I thought it was so compelling to hear Luke's point of view as I found his sections the most interesting to read... I truly felt for him be ...more
Daniela Florez
Están a punto de leer serias reflexiones filosóficas porque hay varias cosas que me gustaría compartir después de haber leído esto.

Existe una belleza silenciosa alrededor de las tragedias. Y contrario a lo que se podría pensar, esto no las hace menos terribles sino más reales e incluso más dolorosas. En la vida siempre habrá momentos de reflexión hacia el pasado, en el que se nos cruce el pensamiento de que cierta cosa pudo haber sido distinta, un gesto, una palabra, un beso, una hora. Siempre
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Maureen
Tressa and Luke were in love. No one liked them being together. Luke died, but Tressa could still see him. This book is basically her journey through that loss and how she falls and gets up again. The book started really sad but it slowly started to become more hopeful, just like Tressa. It was slow, but I liked the pace, it was necessary.
I was expecting this book to be all around her grieve but it was not. The theme of the book is pretty dramatic but Tressa was not over dramatic and I am very g
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Nani
When I walked into my local library hoping to find a book that would appeal to my eye, I found this one. I mean, come on, look at the cover! It is very beautiful. In fact, I've actually seen the image of the front cover on the Internet various times before because once upon a time, I was a faithful Wattpad user.

*clears throat* Not anymore.

So, you know, I picked up the book, checked it out and drove home with my mother who took the time to drive me up there (love you, Mom). When I got home, I was
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Sakura
As it appears on The Accidental Reader

When I was working at a bookstore I was around 100's of books...between them was this one.
The storyline is simple and cliché – about a girl and a boy , the ''mean parents'' (this reminds me of stuff – probably he is reading this right now and he is either smilling or cursing :) , a weird mother and the boys death. Its a pretty cliché romance BUT (drumroll please) the writing is so beautifuly amazing, so superb and although I wouldn;t read this book the writi
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Bekka
I am so, so sorely disappointed. Everything about the novel sounded like a good idea, sounded like it was written for me: from a tragic death to a phantom nightly visitor. When I started reading Meet Me at the River, the first few pages hooked me; I thought for sure that I would be rating this one five stars and thrusting it upon Renae and Steph, but sadly, none of that happened. I was bored most of the time, and I did not care what happened to the characters one way or another.

Meet Me at the Ri
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Lexi Wright
“I have thought about my life in terms of monumental moments that can’t be undone.” So muses 18-year-old Tressa, the protagonist in de Gramont’s latest coming-of-age novel (since Every Little Thing in the World, 2010). Tressa is still actively grieving the death of her soul mate, Luke, and blaming herself for the accident that took his life. Compounding the inconceivable tragedy, Tressa is surrounded by family who shunned their relationship when Luke was alive—because he was her stepbrother. Now ...more
Bailee
"You make me want to live." - Tressa, near the end of the book

The quote I put from a random section of the book, which is nearing the end of it, accurately describes the book. The whole novel is about life and trying to survive when someone you love dies. It contains survivors guilt, depression, blaming, and loss of self control, especially when it comes to the one who who passed on. Tressa and Luke have an enduring love, one that I certainly admire, which honestly lasts even after he dies. They
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Kelly
I think maybe more like a 2.5.

First: don't go in expecting a ghost story, as some reviews have suggested this book may be. It's not. It's pretty much a straight contemporary novel, with maybe an element of magical realism to it, depending upon reader interpretation.

Tressa's been grieving the loss of her boyfriend and step-brother Luke after a terrible accident at the river, for which she feels responsible. But it's not just grief that penetrates Tressa -- it's much, much deeper than that. (vie
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Allison Rivera
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2.5 stars.

Meet Me at the River while a powerful story it was just an okay read for me. This could have been one hell of a story but I just couldn't fully get into it.

I think my main problem with the novel was that there was too much internal dialogue. Too many descriptions. I guess I also wasn't prepared for all the family drama. Sometimes it felt like it was the center of the story. I wanted more of Tressa and Luke's relationship. I wanted more talk of Tressa's fu
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Sandra
Meet me at the River follows the story of a young girl named Tressa and the grief she experiences following the loss of her boyfriend Luke. Tressa and Luke's home life is very complicated and while they are technically step-siblings they do not share any biological relation. After Luke's death, Tressa goes through a long period of depression and attempts suicide. Following Tressa's attempted suicide, she begins to see Luke's ghost and he comes to visit her usually at night. This story shows both ...more
Stockard
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Danielle La pan
This is a fantastic book about dealing with loss, grief, being left behind, and coping with how to move forward with life. Tressa's story takes you on a fantastic journey as she figures out if she wants to join Luke or continue to live her life.
Steph
3.95. This book... Made me so freaking emotional that I love and hate it so much. This book was just so full of emotions and it was full of such tragedy. It makes you feel, but not only what Tressa feels, what Luke feels, what Francine feels, what H.J. feels, what all of the characters feel and that is some amazing writing right there. I hate this book because its so sad, but I love this book. I loved that Luke died saving Carlo and I hated that he died, then Carlo died. And I loved that he and ...more
Ashley
3.5 stars...but first:

ANNE, this book is NOT SAFE for you.

Alrighty, enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It was quite beautifully written and while full of drama, it was not overly dramatic. Also, all the drama wasn't thrown in at the end in a "whaaa?" pile.
Kristina
From the very beginning, Meet Me at the River grabs your heart and refuses to let go, pulling the reader along with Tressa's painful but beautiful journey of recovery, reminiscence, and hope. It's a tribute to how, even after losing those closest to you, love and support, no matter from how unlikely a source, can give you the courage and strength to carry on. However, one of the things I love most about this book is that it reminds us that moving on doesn't mean completely letting go, but rather ...more
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“The way I feel about suicide is, I like knowing it's there. I like having it as an option. Because if I'm going to kill myself, then nothing really matters, so I might as well stick around for one more day. Just to see what happens. Out of curiosity. If I'm going to die anyway, then nothing is of particular consequence, so why not see what happens next? That way all I have to do is live until tomorrow. I know I can always handle one more day.” 5 likes
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