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Meet Me at the River

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  64 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 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 02, 2013 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
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
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 06, 2014 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
May 05, 2014 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
Jun 24, 2015 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
Nov 03, 2013 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 25, 2013 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 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
Missy Brewer
Apr 01, 2015 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.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 for the record.

Loved this book to pieces and wish it was more well known.
Jan 20, 2013 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
"Goodbye, I say, for the second time this year. I will miss you my whole life."

(cue gross sobbing)

I've read a lot of YA books that deal with the issue of grief. It's a heavy subject to tackle, and it's infinitely harder to portray it in a way that seems genuine. I often commend an author just for trying. Grief and death and and loss and love are HARD, HARD things.

Nina de Gramont does it fantastically.

She's up there with Jennifer E. Smith's The Comeback Season, and Jodi Lynn Anderson's Tiger
Paulina Maurovich
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
How can she let go, when she is all she has and the only constant she has ever had?

This sad story tells the story of Tressa, following the death of her boyfriend Luke. At the same time it tells the story in Luke's point of view and his inability to reach "the other side". After a tragic accident Tressa is left without the boy of her dreams and the boy she cannot live without. However, for some magical reason she can still see him. Even though their touch is senseless and he cannot hear when sh
Desiree Pitts
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok

While I would love to say that I enjoyed every aspect of the novel meet me at the river, I have to say that it wasn't one of my favorite pics. I was looking for something extremely deep yet entertaining, and while it was probably one of the saddest books I've ever read, I just wasn't entertained. The book was extremely slow for me which I know is just a personal problem considering I love action and drama, but I just wish the book had been more fast-paced. Perhaps that would have kept me more al
Neetu Yadav
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The girl is obsessed with her dead boyfriend. She is more drowned toward death than life. A big guilt surrounded her after his death. As for her, she was the reason for his invisibility from the world. After his death, world staring at her awaits for her explanation she can't give.
The story was all about the depression that comes as a result of some guilt. A wish you couldn't fulfill. An incident horrible one , you can't forget and forgive.
The whole point is facing that thing sitting inside you
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t expect to like this book at first. I thought it was gonna be about someone who has no experience of real depression. Grief. Overwhelmed of feelings. But this book did it perfectly. I’m a metaphoric and poetic writer when I write Sappy work, this is a good example of it. I hope to remember this book for years to come.
Ruth E.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
An interesting book that tells about a young girl's recovery from an attempted suicide over a love who drowned. The ghost of the young man helps her move on over the next year. It shows how he slowly fades out of her life, but still remains a part of her memories.
Melissa McGuire
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book actually had me in tears at one point. It spoke so close to home for me
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book way more than I thought I would. Good solid story.
Stephanie Starr
Weird read. I liked it
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"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
Jul 23, 2014 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
Oct 03, 2013 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
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
Jan 16, 2014 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
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 11, 2015 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
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