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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061122858
  • ASIN: B0058M67IY
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Definitely one of my favorite books! This book perfectly depicts how guilt can literally drive a person to their breaking point. The main character has lost her best friend in a drunk driving accident in which she was involved. She struggles with guilt that she survives and Julia did not, even though she was not the one driving the car. They were both drunk. Through writing a series o letters to her dead best friend, the main character evolves and is finally able to move on after finding that the friendship was not as ideal as she is making it seem. The prose is very powerful, perhaps being i letter form makes it more personal. It was also interesting and sad to watch her struggle with her guilt even though she was not driving the car.
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A very heartfelt and emotional story, featuring a troubled girl living past her best friends death and struggling with life. Elizabeth Scott has written this book so well, that I ended up feeling like I new all of the characters myself. Beautifully written, tugging at your heart.
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.
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