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Bleed Like Me

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,078 ratings  ·  367 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
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Simon Pulse (first published October 7th 2014)
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Amanda
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 o
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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
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Marga
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
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Alexa
Ganon...

Where have I heard that before...

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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
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Jolene Perry
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY FREAKING UNBELIEVABLE.

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.

FAB.
Bekka
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alice Rachel
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andrew
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
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
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Ross Wetzel
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Adrienne
When I saw that I'd gotten approved for this on Edelweiss I was like:

egzoited

Really.

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
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Lyn *GLITTER VIKING*
Someone mentioned kitten murder.

No. Can't do it.
Amy
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.
ExLibris_Kate
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
good

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 story i
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Kat
Feb 09, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I DNFed Bleed Like Me at 41 percent because I grew tired of reading the book. It had a great idea, but was poorly executed.

First of all, I want to say that my issue was with the writing, development, and events. I didn't have n issue with the nature of the book. The toxic relationship, obsession, cutting, cussing, family: none of that made me dislike the book.

The characters were flat. I couldn't connect to the protagonist, which
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
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
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Jazzmine
Mar 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
E'Lexas
Jun 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Grace
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Full review here =>http://afterdarkbooklovers.com/2014/1...

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 de
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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
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Heidi
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jen  Bigheart
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, goodness! This is seriously what a mother is most afraid of. Whoah.
Erin V
I read it for a couple hours did not like it at all
Petra
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jillyn
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dark Faerie Tales
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-
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Wren [t(he)y]
4.5 Stars


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Gannon is having a lot of problems in her life. Her best friend seems to only be using her for cigarettes, her parents are too busy dealing with her unruly adopted brothers, and she cuts herself. Her life seems boring and she feels misunderstood, until she meets Brooks. Brooks is different than anyone she has ever spent time with before. He seems to see the real Gannon, and soon she finds herself craving his prese
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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).

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