Book Title/Author: Me Since You by Laura Weiss
Publication Date/Publisher: February 18, 2014/MTV Books
Source and Format: Received e-ARC from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 2 stars
Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?
Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.
If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.
Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
Books that make me cry are usually automatically 5 stars because the emotional reaction gets to me and possible clouds my judgment. Me Since You definitely brings on the tears, but at what expense? So many dead dads, an almost dead dog, ruined friendships…only so many avenues need to be explored.
Losing a parent when you’re young is a terrible thing. Nick, Rowan’s father and police officer, attempts to talk a young father holding his infant son off an overpass and fails. The guilt and sadness overtake Nick and he struggles with extreme depression and eventually takes his own life. Also near the overpass that night is Eli, teenage boy with ponytail, walking his dog. He also tries to keep the man from jumping but is still reeling from the death of his own father. Three father deaths, right there.
Rowan is hard to pin down. It seems like she should be the good girl, the cop’s daughter, but she tries to rebel and it’s…laughable. Her bad girl tendencies are shown too often to be used to later show her spiraling out of control after the death of her father.
Eli, the love interest and dog walker extraodinaire, is missing from most of the book and falls into the “uses pet names creepily early” camp. Their relationship seems almost like an afterthought. I mean, it’s 2013 (as I write this) and he has a ponytail. Ponytails are worse than eyebrow rings 99% of the time.
It’s not me: I’ve needed fluffy contemporary since being wrecked my Maybe One Day (review on Friday!). Me Since You was another tearjerker, but in a way that made me feel manipulated.
It’s you: Ultimately, I think the timing was bad for me to read this and may have effected my thoughts. For a while, Me Since You reads as a PSA for not reading the comments. Everyone already knows not to read the comments!