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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061122831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061122835
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tall, awkward Amy feels unloved by her parents, who are too smitten with each other to pay her any attention. Along with her beautiful, fearless, and free-spirited friend Julia, Amy turns to drinking and casual sex to feel loved. After a devastating car crash leaves Julia dead and Amy only slightly injured, Amy goes into rehab. There, a therapist gives her a journal, which Amy uses to write letters to Julia, each dated with the number of days after Julia’s death. Amy recognizes the privileges of her upper-middle-class life, and both mocks and indulges her angst. Reminiscent of both John Green’s Looking for Alaska (2005) and Davida Wills Hurwin’s A Time for Dancing (1995), Scott examines the complex nature of friendship between teen girls and clearly delineates the fine line between the strong emotions of the title. More predictable than Green and less cathartic than Hurwin, Scott nevertheless offers a satisfying story of an engaging heroine successfully naming and confronting her demons. Grades 9-12. --Debbie Carton

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“Few other writers tell stories as heartbreaking, hilarious, complicated and true as Elizabeth Scott, and LOVE YOU HATE YOU MISS YOU is probably her very best yet.” (Claudia Gray, author of Evernight)

“Reminiscent of John Green’s Looking for Alaska (2005)...a satisfying story of an engaging heroine successfully naming and confronting her demons.” (Booklist)

“The plot is elegantly carried by [Amy’s] honest, clear expression of how she feels about what she is going through.” (School Library Journal)

“Emotional, heartbreaking, and believable. Scott’s writing is clear and spare, almost poetic in the imagery that is created.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Deceptively touching…the twist of a family of thieves gives the story originality.” (School Library Journal)

More About the Author

Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I've had a bunch of jobs over the years--I've sold pantyhose, hardware, and once spent three days burning cds during the dot.com boom (worst. job. ever.)--but hands down, writing is the best! You can read lots more about my books at my website, http://www.elizabethwrites.com

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This story is beautifully written, emotional and breathtaking.
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Despite those two problems I had with the story, Love You Hate You Miss You is a great novel with beautiful writing and well-developed, realistic characters.
Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
It has been seventy-five days, since the accident that caused the death of her best friend, Julia.
Sarah Woodard

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heather O'Roark on September 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
These are my least favorite kinds of reviews to write because I honestly have nothing particularly exciting or intelligent to say about this book. Love You Hate You Miss You was good. It was believable. I was sympathetic towards Amy and continuously hoped for her to feel like she deserved to have her own life in the aftermath of Julia's death. Elizabeth Scott wrote the novel very well, in a way that teens will really understand and relate to.

But that's about all I got. The book was good, it wasn't great. I liked it, I did not love it. I will probably not remember much about this novel a few months from now. I think my issue with this one is that I assumed that it would be a very emotional read - it sure sounds like it would be, right? But I personally just didn't connect with the story like I wanted to. I empathized with Amy and I rooted for her, definitely, but I just didn't FEEL it. So that leads me to conclude that it's something to do with me specifically, a connection that I personally missed with the novel. Which leads me to believe that you, dear reader, may have a totally different experience with this book.

So my conclusion is that Love You Hate You Miss You is a good book by an excellent author that I personally did not connect with in the way in which I was expecting to. So I'm recommending the book to YA fans with the caveat that I still need to figure out what about the book did not work for me...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the seventy-five days since the accident that claimed her best friend Julia's life, Amy has been at Pinewood, a rehab center, recovering from her dependency on alcohol, trying to live with the absence of the only person who ever truly understood her and her overwhelming guilt concerning the night of the accident. When she gets out of rehab and is back home, her shrink asks her to keep a journal. Instead, Amy writes letters to Julia. Thus begins her tumultuous, painful, and somehow hopeful process of reconciling with the past, and learning to face the present.

Elizabeth Scott has created yet again another beautiful, eye-opening, and magnetic read that will grab readers and take them on a roller coaster ride of pain and suffering, hope and joy. Scott's tight and brisk writing perfectly convey Amy's tidal wave of feelings--regret, guilt, loneliness, and resentment, but also her hope to find a place where she doesn't feel self-conscious. Scott's treatment of Amy's tendency to use alcohol as a crutch is very straightforward and blunt, and she doesn't let it get in the way of the story, nor does she try to preach to readers on the issue, which is a refreshing gesture some readers will appreciate.

One of the main focuses in the novel is friendship, how it affects and molds who we are as people, and how difficult it can be to reach out to someone new. Scott captures all of the embarrassing, awkward, and frustrating aspects of connecting with those who you have misjudged and the complexity of relationships influenced by peer pressure and the need to belong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on June 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's been seventy five days, and Amy still doesn't know how to function. Seventy five long days and Amy doesn't know how she's supposed to live without her best friend Julia. But she has to live, because living without Julia is her punishment for letting Julia die. And so Amy struggles along, barely able to bear her parents' phony concern, endure the trials of school, and weather her shrink's uncomfortably probing questions. Angry and frustrated, Amy starts writing letters to Julia instead of journaling as her shrink suggested. But with that writing comes reflection and remembrance, and Amy starts to realize Julia may not have been the perfect friend Amy held her up to be, that there is a limit to what she can control or change, and that the future also deserves a chance.

Scott has continually been one of my favorite authors for her incredible writing, and she does not disappoint with Love You Hate You Miss You. Scott departed from her usual unique teen romances, as in Bloom and Stealing Heaven, with Living Dead Girl to tackle more intense and serious topics. Even though the idea of Love You Hate You Miss You isn't quite as original as Scott's previous novels, since the "teen doesn't know how to live once best friend dies" storyline has already been explored, this novel is still a moving and gripping peel into a mind devastated by loss. Amy is a realistic character, and her grief is compounded by insecurity, stubbornness, and loneliness. Her desires and despairs are surprisingly easy to relate to, because I'm sure everyone of us has visited a part of Amy's life at least once, if not in such extreme a way as she. Amy's struggles are so heartbreaking, and the reader really feels for her because of all she's gone through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SuzieQ on April 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I must say that Elizabeth Scott is a good writer. She can create good characters. This book was well written and in the beginning, I could sympathize with Amy. She created the characters well. However, Like with some of her other books, I felt that there was alot of build-up, only to say to myself in the end "Oh... That's It?" What happened to Julia was an example. She kept referring to Julia's accident and that it was her fault, but in the end I even had to ask "how was it Amy's fault?" The other part was in the end. Amy had this great Revelation that she was a compulsive drinker, but was never labeled an alcoholic. Amy decided that this made it ok for her to start drinking again at a party. So she searched the house for the "good" liquor. Hello.. You were what, 15 when that accident happened and were also sneaking drinks at school in the bathroom. She whined the entire book that all she wanted was a drink. I found her to be sympathetic until the end of the book. She boasts about how she was drunk most of the school year. But don't worry she was just a compulsive drinker. It really doesn't send a great message to teens. It's OK to be a compulsive drinker, not an alcoholic. So keep drinking until you are officially labeled an alcoholic.
I thought it was a really good book, but the ending left a little to be desired.
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