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Love You Hate You Miss You Paperback – April 27, 2010
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“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)
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Best friends will do anything for each other right? That's how it was for Julia and Amy. Those girls did anything and everything for each other. But now, Amy is the one that has to suffer since she lost her best friend. Julia was amazing. Julia helped Amy function in so many ways. Supported her in all of her decisions. Now, Amy has to not only live life without her, but deal with the fact that Julia's mom holds her responsible for what happened. Her mother is right. Amy feels that it's all her fault. Julia was being a true friend and that's what led to her death.
Amy now writes to Julia, explaining so much to her. Lonely and with nobody but nosey parents and a shrink that drives her insane, Amy has to learn to pick up the pieces of her life and keep on living. I felt so much heartache for Amy as she struggled. She felt as if she didn't deserve any more friends. She was the outcast at school and her life was so hard now struggling to find her place without her best friend. But writing to Julia-well writing to Julia definitely opened her eyes to many things.
Hot on the heels of reading Perfect You, I decided to go for another Scott book, Love You Hate You Miss You. And to be perfectly frank, I am conflicted, just as I was with Perfect You. There was so much about this book I adored and other things that left me flat.
First, but not foremost, in Elizabeth Scott's Perfect You, she gave us a fully fleshed out love interest in Will. I just didn't feel it with Patrick. I wanted to, desperately, and kept looking forward to the scenes he was in, thinking to myself "will I find out what his deal is now?" but I never really did. There simply wasn't enough there to connect with. I never really understood why he was so abysmally morose. Certainly I understood his plight but Scott didn't delve into his personal trauma enough for me to really care. I was left feeling rather let down because I really did want to know more.
I could totally connect with Amy, as she was the quintessential angst-riddled teen struggling with a multitude of demons. I understood her feelings of guilt and anger. I could connect with Amy's inability to see that Julia was anything less than perfect. I could understand her rationalizations and empathize with her feelings of self-loathing. It all made sense and Scott's keen eye for detail and exceptional craftsmanship created a vivid, layer character.
Amy's love sick parents were well executed, as were the supporting cast of Caro, Mel and Beth. The situations and dialogue left me feeling like I was back in tenth grade again, gripping tightly to the edge of my desk and praying for the bell. There is no doubt that Scott has her finger on the pulse of what it is to be a young adult.
Again, as with Perfect You, the writing style was fantastic, realistic and honest. The use of journals entries, letters to Amy's now deceased best friend Julia, was a perfect mechanism with which to develop the necessary back story and I appreciated how well executed these were. Again, Scott nailed the dialogue and the narration is accurate and crisp. But the ending seemed a little rushed, as if Scott hadn't fully come to terms with how she wanted it to end.
So I guess I have to say that ultimately I liked the book, but I didn't love it. I could have loved it had Patrick been more real and the ending been more thoughtfully constructed. Oh well.
It's a good storyline and the lesson learned is fantastic: Everyone makes their own choices and must deal with the consequences of each decision. The book itself, though, was just... I don't know... maybe too much in Amy's head. Or maybe too much about her obsession with drinking or not drinking. Or maybe too much of the same chapter using different words about how she's a "murderer" who "doesn't care" who "is sorry" who "wants to drink".
I enjoyed reading the story because I liked the characters. I liked Julia (her memory), Amy, Patrick, and even Corn Syrup. Beth was annoying, as was Mel, and even the chapters about Amy's parents.
I liked the characters, but I didn't love the character development or the story itself. I guess in the prose that it was written in, it needed MORE of a story to satisfy my reading itch. By the time the book ended, I felt as if we were just beginning to graze the surface.
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Amy gets out of rehab 75 days after she killed her best friend Julia. Now instead of being detached, her parents are super interested in everything she does,...Read more