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Meet Me at the River

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  282 Ratings  ·  53 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
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
Oct 28, 2013 mich rated it really liked it

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
Oct 23, 2013 Isamlq rated it really liked it
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
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
May 02, 2015 Melliott rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
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
Jun 27, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely brilliant. It is everything literature can be in its purest form. The author focuses on one character and her life altering event, spiraling outward to embrace her family and hometown with loving prose that encompasses the reader. Tressa is a girl from a fairly troubled background, born on the road to a woman who just can't settle down. She has a difficult time making friends, but becomes unusually close to an almost-sibling, the son of her stepfather's ex-wife. When he ...more
Missy Brewer
Apr 01, 2015 Missy Brewer rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 03, 2013 Kristina rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 18, 2014 Brandy rated it really liked it
A heartwrenching story of death, attempted suicide, survival and the will to go on. I started this book a while ago and had to put it down because it was too sad for me to continue at that point. I picked it up this morning and I was not able to put it down until I reached the final page, crying as I did so.

This story is a reminder that no matter what goes on in life, everyone has problems and secrets. Given the chance I would definitely read this again. The story was well written, in fact one
Dec 23, 2013 Cayla rated it it was amazing
You know an author is a good one when you can feel the emotions the characters are feeling. I felt the sense of longing Tressa felt for Luke and the feeling of wanting to help as she went through this tragedy. I love novels that make me think afterward, and I know I won't be forgetting about this one anytime soon. Not only did this novel have a great storyline, but also a great message. Suicide is a big theme in the novel and it shows that even if you don't believe it, you will make it through a ...more
4Mckee O
Dec 11, 2015 4Mckee O rated it it was amazing
The novel Meet me at the river by Nina De Gramont is very depressing and sad throughout the book. Stepsiblings Tressa and Luke have always been really close. But when they are teenagers they start to become something more than just friends. When they are around people it makes them feel very uncomfortable they cannot go without each other. “The same people who never wanted her and Luke together in the first place are determined that she should move on”. He only visits during night. this seems ve ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Sierra rated it liked it
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
Sarah Thomas
May 14, 2014 Sarah Thomas rated it it was amazing
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.
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
BAYA Librarian
Apr 03, 2014 BAYA Librarian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, paranormal
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
Jan 16, 2014 Ally rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2014 Stacy rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 30, 2014 Daniela Florez rated it really liked it
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
Chiara (delicate eternity)
4.5 for the record.

Loved this book to pieces and wish it was more well known.
Mar 13, 2016 Litany rated it it was ok
I read this book wanting to explore the possibility of a loved ones death. (morbid right) Although when getting into it, her boyfriend coming back at night to visit her seemed a little strange and unappealing. But I did enjoy that the author used this to her advantage. It covers the past with her boyfriends thoughts, to fill in blanks, and the main characters voice to cover the current events.

Just a PS. They're step-siblings. That fact made it harder to get into their love life. But other than t
Mar 26, 2015 Maureen rated it liked it
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
Nov 24, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 01, 2014 Nani rated it it was ok
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
Sep 12, 2014 Sakura rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2014 Bekka rated it it was ok
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
Lexi Wright
Mar 25, 2015 Lexi Wright rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, reviewed
“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
Nov 01, 2013 Bailee rated it really liked it
"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
Aug 08, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
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
Allison Rivera
Oct 13, 2013 Allison Rivera rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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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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“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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