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Bleed Like Me

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,309 ratings  ·  395 reviews
From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy-like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just "Gannon" to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers-even her best friend, who is more interested in bumming cigaret
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Simon Pulse
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May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

WARNING before reading this book you need to buy a box of tissues, cause you are going to cry, and you are going to cry a lot.

This is a book that gets down to the grit of a very serious issue, self-harm. It is a story that will rip you apart from the inside out.

Gannon has been invisible for the past five years. Her parents adopted three brothers from Guatemala and ever since then, she has fallen into the background. She
Steph Sinclair
WOW. It’s no secret how strongly I loved Fault Line, so when I saw Bleed Like Me go up on Edelweiss, I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed.

The other day I found myself in a conversation with a few people who thought YA was mostly made up of love triangles, teen angst and paranormal creatures that run around with their shirt off. To be fair, there are a good amount of these kinds of books in YA just as there are in Adult Urban Fantasy or PNR, and there is nothing wrong with these novel
After a series of really good books, I thought that the good luck will stay forever. That I will read only good books from now on. Lol. Who am I kidding? I am actually looking forward to this one and sadly, this book is a huge disappointment.

What the freaking heck?!? I expect something moving, something that would bring to me tears. I am in a mood for a good cry. But this freaking book is just so frustrating. This book made me angry not sad!

The plot:

Amelia Gannon is an only child. She was happy
Jan 06, 2014 marked it as to-read

Where have I heard that before...


Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
Thank you to Simon Pulse via Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced review copy of this book!

This book is a doozy and I feel certain that it will divide reviewers on its release. I don’t foresee a ton of middle ground with this one - it’s going to be polarizing.

Before I get to the meat of my thoughts, I’d like to address some of the criticisms. If you look through the few negative reviews posted as of this writing (7.29.14), you’ll notice common complaints: no one learns anything, it lacks
Jolene Perry
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This is one of those books that HOOKED me in the very first few pages, and I loved it and wanted to scream and just... This is such a fantastic, disturbing read.
I fell in love with these characters, HUGE flaws and all.

Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I want to be up front about exactly how dark and fucked up this book is. There are very graphic, detailed scenes depicting self harm. There is sex, drugs, running away, an abusive relationship, and even the violent death of a kitten (nothing is shown, but we’re told about it after the fact.) I want to be clear that my low rating is not because of the content, but because of the execution. I have lived through so many of the things that happened on the pages of Bleed Like Me and for the most part ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
DNF at page 90. I knew something was gonna be bad when I saw a comment on the page for this book that made my stomach churn. Not one character in this book is believable. While Gannon and Brooks' relationship wasn't a good one, it was still unrealistic even in dysfunctional terms. Even her brothers' actions are too unrealistic, especially as adopted children. That's enough. This is awful. I can't even tell if it's just awful, unexplained time jumping that makes this book so bad. Don't waste your ...more
Alice Rachel
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Okay, so I could hardly put this book down, which in and of itself owes this book 5 stars!

This book was nicely written in the sense that the writing style and sentences made the characters' actions feel like constant slaps in the face. The gritty style was perfect!

At first, I hated Brooks. But then I just felt so bad for him. I wanted to hug him all the while knowing that no one could ever help him. He would have to save himself.

The possessive, toxic relationship is described realistically
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I don't always rate books I DNF, but I do when I feel like I've got a handle on how the rest of the story will go. That's the case here. I stopped at page 126, bored with the MC. The stuff with her brothers was so over the top it was unbelievable. I flipped through the rest, and then read the epilogue. I don't think I missed anything.
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
update: song pairing: Tear You Apart by She Wants Revenge The motion, emotion, darkness and everything, if not the story itself

I do think that Christa Desir could actually write an honest love story that people would sing ballads about in centuries to come if she, you know, set out to bring hearts together as opposed to destroying them the world throughout. Her stories, they all start in this slightly skewed, seemingly sunny place, darker things shooed away, only intimated, or well move into suc
Ross Wetzel
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am going to preface this by saying this book was in all likelihood not meant for my demographic. This was written for a very specific audience and that audience was not me.

If you love overly dramatic afterschool specials then this is the book for you. It tells the tale of the angstiest teenage girl in all the Midwest, Amelia Gannon, and some paint huffer she meets in a park and falls in love with. That is exactly how these two love birds meet and kick off this adventure of misery, sexual haras
Apr 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
When I saw that I'd gotten approved for this on Edelweiss I was like:



If I had a happy-o-meter with me, I'm sure it would've spontaneously combusted from all the high waves of exuberance I was sending off. It was like a dream come true. I almost peed myself.

Good thing I didn't, though. Not only would it have been extremely embarrassing, but it also wouldn't have been worth it because this book... it didn't exactly turn out to be the all-time shit.

I mean, shit! WHAT the ever-loving crap was
Oct 09, 2016 added it
It was really, REALLY good...but someone please light a pyre of maxi pads and throw my ass on it the next time I say I am going to read a C. Desir book.

Thanks in advance.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first thing you should know about Bleed Like Me is that it is a love story. The second thing you should know is that calling it a love story doesn’t mean it won’t also be very disturbing. Gannon’s family situation is consumed by the three boys her parents adopted a few years ago. She is able to hide her unhappiness, her loneliness, and her cutting within the chaos of her home life. The author does an excellent job of letting you see Gannon’s isolation, so when she meets Brooks it makes perfe ...more
Debbie Narh

2.5 Messed Up Clouds

I believe that Desir can write. However, I'm not sure if she can write a young adult novel that's more than 'okay'. The relationships are great, as well as the tension and the ending however, the writing and the middle, it's all bad. And although I had a few problems with this novel, I didn't find it to be horrible, I still liked it for the most part.

The problem with the writing style is it's all telling rather than showing and makes the story dull because of it. The stor
Elle (ellexamines)
1.5 stars. This book aims to accurately portray the dangers of cutting and abusive relationships, but it fails by not giving the protagonist a chance to escape or develop. And also by just being... badly written and badly developed. There's just nothing good here.

This book suffers mostly from a heroine who rings false at every turn. Amelia seems naive and frankly kind of stupid. When authors write books about teens who get into bad situations, they need in general to focus on making the characte
Mar 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
It took me a year to read this book. A YEAR. What a major disappointment! After my wife ranted and raved about this book I picked it up and eagerly read about Gannon's tumultuous life. 65 pages in and I was bored. The book takes on a monotone pace and the characters are whiny and dramatic. Brook's could've been such an in depth character and yet he ends up being a drug dealer with a sour relationship with his father. Gannon's family is a nightmare that Desir should have explored in much greater ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was awful & very disturbing. It was worse than an One Direction fanfic. The plot is about a girl who has always felt invisible since her parents adopted 3 boys from Guatemala & then she meet this guy & she feels like he's the only one that notices her (wow shocker). The main characters in this book SUCK, there's no character growth, their lives just get more awful as the story progress. The side characters were way more interesting than the man ones. Then, there's a lot of self harmed ...more
Oct 12, 2014 marked it as pass
Shelves: cover-lust
Someone mentioned kitten murder.

No. Can't do it.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Full review here =>

If you read the synopsis, you saw that this book is compared to the story/movie, Sid & Nancy. If you aren’t familiar with that story, let me warn you . . .

. . .there is no HEA!

What happens when one destructive person gets together with another destructive person? If you expecting that they magically heal each other, think again. And refer to my warning.

The two main characters in this book are not strong. They have been dealt rou
Nay Denise
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Bleed Like Me was like no other novel I've read before. It tore my soul to pieces because it was gruesome, heartbreaking, beautiful and disturbing all in one. Christa Desir did a fabulous job writing this beauty.

The story follows two seventeen years old who feel they are both invisible to the world. There's Amelia Gannon -- she lives at home with her mom, father and her three adoptive brothers. At the age of 12 her parents adop
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this read. I had no idea what exactly I was getting into picking this one up, and it definitely surprised me (in a good way).

The most enjoyable aspect of this book for me was the rawness of Gannon and Brooks. This book is without a doubt the edgiest YA I have ever read, and I love that Desir embraced that side of her novel. She definitely didn't shy away from dealing with real issues and difficult emotions, some of which were often as painful to read as they were for Ga
May 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
what the fuck. what the fuck. I want to DNF this so hard

when you start reading things like " The blade of the utility knife slid out and my heart thumped faster. I reached to touch his nipple ring and he moved his mouth to my stomach. He licked a small circle around my belly button and then replaced his tongue with the blade. The first cut barely grazed me, but I moaned. ", you know it's time to stop.

i never liked the romance anyway. brooks was creepy and possessive af, and the girl was actually
Jen  Bigheart
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, goodness! This is seriously what a mother is most afraid of. Whoah.
Erin V
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read it for a couple hours did not like it at all
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that is so hard to describe yet alone rate. So many different types of emotions run through you, all of them unwelcome. All in one, you get so wrapped up in the story until the very end.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just "Gannon" to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers-even her best friend, who is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding. Some days the only way Gannon knows she is real is by carving blo
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This is another book that I'm honestly not quite sure how I feel about, let alone how to rate it. I waited a few days before writing this review to let the book sink in, but I'm still torn. This wasn't a bad book, not by a long shot. But I also had a lot of issues with it. I've decided to level it out at a neutral rating of three stars.

The lead character, Gannon, was somehow simultaneously easy and impossible to relate with. On the one hand, she is one of the "punk/goth" girls, and I was one in
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I'm writing this review from beyond the grave, as I choked to death on all the teen angst.
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This novel was a beautiful, gritty portrayal of depression and passion.

Opening Sentence: I wasn’t supposed to be born.

The Review:

Gannon is invisible, at home, at school, and at work. Her mother has no time left over for Gannon with her three other adopted sons. Gannon hides behind thick makeup and dyed hair, a shield of cigarette smoke. Her only relief is the blade. It is the only distraction from her inner pain. But meeting Brooks — a blue-hair
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I'm a YA author who loves dark contemporary books. Novels include: FAULT LINE (Oct 2013), BLEED LIKE ME (Oct 2014), OTHER BROKEN THINGS (Jan 2016), LOVE BLIND (May 2016), and FOUR-LETTER WORD (May 2018).

I am also a feminist, rape victim activist, book seller, and romance novel editor. I live outside of Chicago with my husband and our three children.

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