Thursday, March 25, 2010

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Title: Love You Hate You Miss You
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: HarperTeen
Hardcover, 276 pages
Date Published: June 1, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
You know, I always thought I told you everything, but there are some things I should have said but never did. I should have told you about the time I lost your new sunglasses. I know you really liked them. I should have apologized the time I ruined your brand-new skirt, the one with the beading. I should have apologized for a lot of stuff.

I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything.

It's been seventy five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her, and she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone, and Amy doesn't want to talk about it. No one knew Julia like she did. No one gets what life is without her.

No one understands what it's like to know that it's all your fault.

Amy's shrink thinks she should keep a journal but instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia. As she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past holds its own secrets--and that the present deserves a chance.

A single night and a collection of choices can change a person’s life forever. Amy learns this the hard way when her best friend Julia dies and she holds all the fault. Amy and Julia were the best of friends. They told each other everything…or at least they said they did. When Julia dies after a night at a party, Amy can’t help but believe it was all her fault. Without Julia around, Amy’s life is entirely different. Her parents have unwrapped themselves from one another long enough to pay attention to her and Amy can’t escape the stares at school. She says that she killed her best friend and even though her shrink is trying to get her to move on with her life, Amy can’t see how that is fair. Murderers don’t get to have a happy life, but maybe Amy needs to realize that what happened in the past isn’t all her fault and if she can let go and move on, she may still have a happy future.

Elizabeth Scott has once again amazed me with her striking ability to delve into the mind of a teenage girl and do it so genuinely and so realistically that even the most disheartening and sarcastic moments are completely heartfelt. Love You Hate You Miss You has a heavy plot line that isn’t meant to be viewed as simply a story about hope and moving on. Amy believes she killed her best friend and feelings like that are not easily dismissed. Amy creates a journal of letters to her dead best friend Julia. Through these letters, her sessions with her shrink, and some interactions with classmates, Amy is able to see another side to both Julia, as well as herself. Scott braves the psyche of such a troubled and guilty young girl and does so with such ease.

The characters in Love You Hate You Miss You are all hurting in some way or another. Amy feels the gamut of emotions because of Julia’s death and her part in it. Her classmates Caro and Patrick are also going through difficult times in their life. Their interactions are, at times, amusing, but so sad in other ways. These are just kids. They’re all so young and they have all had to deal with so much pain. Caro probably has it the easiest, but her storyline is just as affecting as Amy’s and Patrick’s. Life can be hard. Bad things do happen, but human beings have the incredible ability to persevere and I think that is the message that Elizabeth Scott wants to convey.

Opening line: Dear Julia, Get this I’m supposed to be starting a journal about ‘my journey.’ Please. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line: Now I could talk and they would listen. Now they wanted to. Now. It made something twist hard inside me because I always wanted them to really talk to me, really listen to me, but if I’d known what would make it happen – God, if I’d only known… ~pg. 136

*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.


Maria the Bookworm said...

This is the only book I have by Scott, and I've yet not read it. However, it sounds like I have to now :D Awesome review!

Robby said...

I love all of Elizabeth's books, honestly, and I can't wait to read The Unwritten Rule. I'm so glad you liked this. :]

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Maria - It's a very quick read, but it was definitely worth taking off my shelf.

Robby - I cannot wait to read The Unwritten Rule either! I think I'll pick it up after Easter.

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