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Me Since You Paperback – February 18, 2014
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On the day sophomore Rowan Areno skips school, a series of tragic events occur for which she feels personally responsible. She befriends Eli, a young man who witnessed a suicide and is also dealing with the loss of his father in Iraq. But when Rowan’s father, a beat cop already troubled by on-the-job incidents, takes his own life, Eli can’t seem to help her find the answers to the questions that haunt her. Even Rowan’s best friend doesn’t understand the depth of Rowan’s pain, and her mother has all but given up. The novel deals with emotionally sensitive topics, but Wiess covers other important subjects including the impact of forming and sharing public opinions based on incomplete facts, of depression in a family setting, and of one random act creating ripples in other people’s lives. With skillful handling of two related suicides before the middle of the book, Wiess offers, on a larger scale, a study in the many facets of grief, the healing process, and how forgiveness can come in many forms. Grades 9-12. --Jeanne Fredriksen
About the Author
Laura Wiess is the author of Such a Pretty Girl, chosen as one of the ALA’s 2008 Best Books for Young Adults and 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers; How It Ends; Ordinary Beauty; and Leftovers. She lives in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Region. Visit her online at LauraWiess.com.
Top customer reviews
As a psych nurse, I deal with people with all kinds of mental illnesses and disorders. And of course I have dealt with suicide in my personal and professional life.
Laura tells this story so well, so realistically, I can't help but wonder if she has been through this kind of trauma herself. If not, she has certainly done tons of research to be able to reach inside this incredibly painful event in anyone's life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has experienced a suicide, anyone who KNOWS someone who is dealing with this in their lives, and any professional who deals with this subject on even the smallest scale. It helps you to understand the grieving process and also to see the person who is so depressed and hopeless they see no way out.
The book is shocking in it's reality, but leaves you feeling hopeful. And we all need hope because without it we are lost.
Bravo, Laura Weiss! I will be reading more from you.
ME SINCE YOU is an almost flawless account of grieving what once was, and learning to live with a new, unwanted normal. Laura Wiess's prose nearly dances off the page (or kindle screen) into the reader's mind. Some sentences are so deeply profound, I had to stop reading just to absorb them. The pace is fast, but not too fast paced. At times the tension is palpable. I could have read this future classic in one sitting, but I forced myself to take reading breaks to extend the pleasure of reading. Books as good as this only come out a few times a year, if that. I feel sorry for the next book I review, unless it's near perfect, it won't measure up.
Rowan's first person voice reads like that of a bright, sometimes mature, sometimes immature teen. She's a complex character, full of desire, emotion and teenage angst, often making dumb, thoughtless decisions without thinking of potential consequences. But more than that, she's has a good heart, and she is very easy to root for. Even though the minor characters, with the exception of Eli, are less fleshed out, they are easily believable as family or as kids everyone went to school with,
Wiess's other YA novels are also worthwhile reads with characters you can grab on to and not let go until long after the last page.
Unless a reader dislikes realistic sometimes difficult situations, everyone should read ME SINCE YOU with the caveat of expecting a heavier storyline that will make you think.
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