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Martin and Petra meet for the first time at graduation, and though they’ve shared the halls of their high school for four years without crossing paths, there’s an instant connection the moment they’re seated next to each other at the commencement ceremony.

Then a car accident puts Martin into a coma, and Petra is somehow left picking up the pieces, using friends, family, an
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Published June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Bridget Morrissey
Jan 12, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hello potential readers!

First and most importantly, a CONTENT WARNING. It isn't indicated in the premise, so I would like to note that Petra's storyline deals with the aftermath of sexual assault, one year after the incident has taken place. There are a few on the page descriptions and allusions (p. 43, p.115, p.195, p.202, p.203, p.216, p.217). Please be safe while reading.

I hope WHAT YOU LEFT ME finds its way to someone who needs a reminder that friendships can be healing, your life isn’t fix
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Nadhira Satria
When I requested the book, I definitely had a different kind of story in mind. The premise was good but to be honest this book just felt... weird. And not in a good kind of weird. There are times where this book confused the hell out of me. I didn't connect with any of the characters and I actually wanted to dnf'ed this so bad
Nadhira Satria
Apr 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
I got approved ayeee
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“Death is just another milestone. Another thing we spend our whole lives working toward, waiting for, and it’s all over in an instant.”

So this was a powerful and honest book. It was such a snapshot character study that you couldn’t help but fall into their character’s lives and invest yourself. What You Left Me follows Petra and Martin as they instantly connect while sitting next to each other at graduation, but a car accident leaves Martin in a coma. This story is really about human connect
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Stacee
3.5 stars

I loved the premise of this story and even though I try so hard not to read angsty things, I couldn’t resist.

I liked Petra and Martin. They’re both interesting MCs and their relationship was fairly captivating. There’s a pretty large cast of characters here, but I never felt overwhelmed.

Plot wise, it was a struggle to settle into. All of the POVs sounded exactly the same and there isn’t any indication of whose turn it is. For that reason alone, I wanted to DNF and seriously thought ab
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Kim Chance
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this beautiful debut by Bridget Morrissey in one sitting. I was so completely captivated by this story that I simply had to keep turning the pages. I must admit that I ended the book in tears, both happy and sad. Such a powerful story about life, death, love, pain, fear, letting go, moving on, and learning to breathe again. I was moved in more ways than one and I highly recommend this book!


Lauren
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-debuts
Have you ever read a book where you were constantly hoping for the best but preparing for the worst? That's how I was for the entirety of What You Left Me. I kept hoping that Bridget wouldn't take a certain path, but at the same time, I could see it being a very strong possibility.

What You Left Me wasn't what I was expecting. Honestly, I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting such a deep and moving read. This book made me laugh and cry. I alternated between angry, happy
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Amelinda Bérubé
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No, YOU cried your eyes out over this wise, lyrical meditation on the ways we touch each other's lives, the nightmares we get stuck in that hold us back, and the terrifying, beautiful freedom of not knowing what comes next. Weaves deftly between utterly believable characters and perspectives with the occasional well-placed sucker punch of an echo between them. Bring kleenex.
Dove
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dove is back on her reading grind, she's been reading all day and all night, and I finished this book in literally two days because it was so good I could not put it down. I'm so happy to have found such amazing books again that truly capture my attention and make me want to read it all day. This book was a lot like "If I stay" and "before I fall." This girl meets this guy at graduation and they have a spark and they like each other. She's going to go to his party, but then finds out he got in a ...more
BookOfCinz
Thanks Netgalley for the ARCs.

It is graduation day and Petra happens to sit beside Martin for the entire ceremony. You would think they would have ran into each other during their years in high school but they met for the first time that day. After leaving the ceremony, Martin gets into an accident and is in coma. Petra on hearing this feels drawn to Martin for more reason than one.

What You Left Me is a debut YA that explore friendship and living your best life. If you love the YA genre I am su
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Caitlin Carnes
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
lovely. just, so so so so so lovely.
Renee
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What You Left Me is an emotionally evocative story that is hauntingly beautiful and achingly sad at the same time. The two together makes this one of the most heart wrenching books I have read this year and yet, a book that I loved every minute I spent reading it.

The topic is not an easy one to contemplate but Ms. Morrisey penned this poignant tale with creativity and grace. My hat goes off to her for such a beautiful written story!

There is no higher praise I can give than to say this book tru
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Elizabeth Tammi
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Happy release day to this awesome debut! I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC of WHAT YOU LEFT ME, a fantastic story that deftly explores the realities of tragedy and the fragile bonds that hold us together. Two high-school seniors meet for the first time at graduation; what happens next unfolds with gut-wrenching clarity and resonance. Get your copy now!
bjneary
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for the advance reader copy, What You Left Me by debut author, Bridget Morrissey, in exchange for an honest review. Teens will enjoy this stunning debut, that examines through alternating perspectives and dream sequences, the power of love, friendship, hopes, and dreams when two teens, Petra and Martin, seated next to each other (alphabetically) meet for the first time at their graduation from high school. Petra has a secret so she holds Martin’s anti ...more
Sydney
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pub-2018
*I received this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
To be honest, in the beginning I was a bit iffy on this book. I had kinda forgotten what the plot was, so everything felt like it was moving early slow. About half way through, I started to understand, and after that I couldn't put it down.

Let's start with the plot. This is the type of plot I like. Implausible, magical, yet real all the same. Petra and Martin met for the first time at their graduation, and instantly h
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KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
May 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2018arc
Edelweiss granted me this ARC in exchange for an honest review, and honest is what I shall offer you.

0.5/5 Stars. DNF and not nearly fast enough.

This book is quite awful. Actually, it's plain awful. The two POVs blended together, repeating the same lines in opposite order to convince the reader that the two characters think alike. Fine and dandy until it comes off as repetitive and cringe-worthy. The POVs also aren't broken off by the name of the character currently in charge of the narrative. I
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Aminah Safi
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book. Haunting, but in a bittersweet way. The way memories haunt you but you let them. The way the ghosts of your past selves like to hang around and remind you of where you could have been, where you could have gone, where you lost the life that almost was.

Haunted by what has happened to you. What was out of your control but you desperately wish had been in your hands. The choices you make before everything went spinning out of control.

Haunted, but in (almost) a good way— a necessary
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Amanda Caravello
This book is different and just so lovely. I was rooting for the progression of Petra's character from beginning to the end and Morrissey didn't disappoint. I was confused by the changing voices in the beginning but once I realized it was both Martin and Petra I was looking forward to what was going on. This book is a rare find in the YA genre which makes me believe it is going to be a huge success that will sit on shelves in bedrooms and in the hands of book lovers. The gentle romance of Martin ...more
Ariela
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book "What you left me by Bridget Morrissey" is personally highly recommend. I cannot explain to you how amazing this book is. So much life lessons you can learn from this book. The characters are so relatable in so many ways. Though if you have a trigger to sexual abuse you may want to take precaution to certain pages in this book. The author Kindly named off each page that mentions this subject in a personal review on goodreads. Check it out first before reading and proceed with caution. ...more
Tara
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-copyright
Petra and Martin sit next to each other at graduation, meeting for the first time. Martin gets in a car accident that same afternoon, and Petra feels drawn to visit the hospital to check on the boy she barely knows. What You Left Me tells the tale of two teens, struggling to overcome the odds.

This book will appeal to fans of If I Stay, Wake, and Goodbye Days. My only complaint was that it was difficult to keep track of the alternating perspectives and dream sequences.

I read an ARC from NetGalley
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Emily
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I kind of rushed through this one in order to meet some deadlines, but I wish I could have slowed down and truly savored it because I think this book was very good. Some of the POV changes confused me in the beginning and I had to suspend my disbelief at some of the more minor plot points, but I think plenty of teens are going to love this book. Plus there are Back to the Future references, so what could be better?
Abby
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and plan to purchase a hard copy of it when it is released. It is so different from any YA read that I have read in the past. I really enjoyed following the development of the two main characters as they move through their past, interconnect in the present, and push forward into their futures. It was a beautiful book about love, loss, tragedy and the celebration of life.
Just Reading Everything
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Despite going to the same high school for the last four years, Martin and Petra meet for the first time at graduation. There's an instant connection between them, but then a car accident puts Martin into a coma. Petra, still drawn to Martin and his friend circle, is left trying to figure out what happened, and why she can suddenly visit Martin in their shared dreams. Profound, heartbreaking, and beautifully told, Bridget Morrissey crafts a stunning debut.
T.M. Hall
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For fans of IF I STAY... imagine being the last senior left on earth - because you haven't yet taken your final exam with everyone else, and then instead of studying you're at the hospital in a bedside vigil for a boy you just met at graduation. Why? You'll have to find out by reading on. I liked the concept of changing 'everything happens for a reason' to - 'make a reason for everything that happens...'
Books and Guacamole
I was not prepared for how beautiful this book would be! Morrissey has a gift for descriptive language, and she wields it mercilessly as she depicts the story of a boy stuck between living and dying and the friends who speak with him in dreams. It will make you cry, but more than that, it will remind you of the endless possibilities around you every day if only you take the time to look.
Teenage Reads
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Shelves: 2018, advance-copy
Plot:
Graduation. The day where you sit next to the person you are alphabetically closest too by last name, sweating in a borrowed gown, so that you can walk across the stage, get your diploma, and be free from the public (or private) school system. This is where Martin meets Petra. Trying to make her laugh, while avoiding the watchful eye of their teachers, Martin was generally enjoying the graduation service. When a note flies into his lap from best friend Spence, aka Spitty, betting him that h
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PeachyKeen
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I happened upon this book at the Los Angeles Book Fair a few weeks ago and thought it had a stylish cover and interesting premise; in a moment of divine spontaneity I purchased "What You Left Me", and boy am I glad. What a treasure. What a delight. What a perfect understanding of the traumas of youth and the healing power of communication.

The book concerns two high school students, Petra and Martin, who meet at their graduation, but can only communicate through dreams after (I won't spoil the w
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Tika
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This debut novel by Morrissey struck a chord with me and I’d recommend that others read it. I read it in two sittings, it took me maybe 3/4 hours total. It’s perfect to curl up with and remember your tissues, there were a few times that I had a few tears.

Initially set over the course of what is effectively a long weekend, this is a first person, dual point of view, YA contemporary novel. Our protagonists, Martin aka ‘Fly’ and Petra are both likeable. I found their perspectives complimented each
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Laura ( Latteandbooks )
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a debut novel for Bridget and I think she did a fantastic job.

This book follows Martin and Petra who meet at there high school grad for the first time because they end up sitting together. There happens to be a tragedy that happens on graduation that pulls them closer together. I did end up reading this book in one sitting. This story has everything every emotion imaginable. An by the end your heart is put back together aside from the emotional ride you go on to get there.

Petra is smart
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Anukriti Geekybibliophilictraveller/ kaleidoscopicnerdy
*I recieved a copy from netgalley. All opinions are my own. Thank you very much.*

When I'd requested the book, I was really excited and as I started getting into it, I got more and more disinterested. This books isn't what it seems. The author has already mentioned that it deals with the aftermath of sexual assault on Petra, so, trigger warning! I failed to connect with any of the characters nor did I get into the whole magical realism thing (at least I think thats what it was) and frankly speaki
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