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Miss Me Not Paperback – November 23, 2012
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"Five beautiful stars for Miss Me Not."-USA Today Bestselling Author, Tara Sivec
"Well worth reading! While the subject matter is intense, it isn't in any way graphic, and is suitable for teen audiences (I wouldn't have any problem with my daughter reading this)."-Bestselling Author, Charles Sheehan-Miles-Just Remember to Breathe, A Song for Julia.
About the Author
USA Today Best Selling author, Tiffany King is the author of the Young Adult titles: The Saving Angels Series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not, and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel book one. She also has a New Adult title called No Attachments.
Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
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"Books provide the ultimate getaway for me. A good story is a vehicle that takes you to another place, another time, or another world. I love reading the words and letting my imagination do the rest. I appreciate and respect every author who has the courage to put your work out there for the world to see."
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Top Customer Reviews
Tiffany King has yet again wowed me with her writing. I've read all of her books since Wishing For Someday Soon was published earlier this year, and I've never been disappointed.
In her newest novel, Miss Me Not, King has stepped outside of her comfort zone to write a story that packs a punch for anyone who reads it. It's edgy. It's hard-hitting. It's going to make any reader stop in their tracks and rethink various aspects of life. It might even make some readers feel more grateful for the life they lead.
What I enjoyed most was seeing the inner workings of Madison's mind. This novel is told in the first person point of view, though Madison's eyes. I don't think it could have worked better if done much differently. Without that window into how Madison saw things, I don't think the reader would be able to sympathize with her character as much. The experience of various events would have been to limited from an outsider's perspective. On the topic of POV, I did think that at certain times, it would have been nice to get to see Dean's view on things. I think knowing his motivations in a less limited way would have furthered my understanding of the story, as a whole. What was his plan from the beginning? How did everything factor in together? I think knowing from his POV earlier one would have worked well. Don't get me wrong though, aside from my wish for some of Dean's point of view, the first person from Madison worked very well.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the pacing of the story is definitely different from King's books like Forever Changed and Unlikely Allies. It wasn't as fast paced when I read it. In a way this worked very well to allow me to soak in what I read. And on the other hand, I enjoy a book that goes, goes, and keeps going. King has a gift when it comes to a smooth and fast paced story-line, all while not hindering the reader from grabbing every detail of a story. Again, another personal opinion here.
The darker subject matter and emotional ride Miss Me Not holds within its pages made me at times put down the book and take a step back. It's not the easier stuff to deal with. There's bullying, broken families/friendships, thoughts of suicide, and other topics I won't bring up in the review. Let this be known: Miss Me Not might not be for every reader. There were times when even I didn't know if I wanted to pick the book back up. This isn't saying that it's a terrible book. It's the opposite of that. It hits close to home in many areas and in relating to some parts of the story it makes too a little uncomfortable. I feel this is the work of genius storytelling.
In closing, I feel that this story, for me, deserves another read through sooner rather than later. Now that I've finished it, I think I'll appreciate it even more than I already do by experiencing it all over again.
This book is real, and it is raw, and it is unrelenting in the way it grabs hold of your heart and doesn't let go. This book isn't for everyone and it may even be considered taboo based on the topic of discussion, but it is well worth reading. I give it 5 stars. 5 HUMONGOUS stars!
Great job, Tiffany. I couldn't be more of a fan if I tried. And thank you for giving me this sense of peace. I've needed it for so long now.
Furthermore, I think this is an excellent book for all middle and high school kids to read. Any book that focuses on bullying, isolation and other teenage angst should be a must read for teenagers.
I know suicide, abuse and bullying are really hot topics right now and a lot of YA books are addressing this serious issue. In this book, King blames religious hypocrisy, homophobia, sexual deviancy by so-called religious leaders and bad parenting. The hero, Dean's family represents perfection (I have never seen a family that perfect- except on TV) and Madison's family represents dysfunction (which is the fault of religious hypocrisy).
The story is somewhat mundane (think afterschool special) as we watch Madison who was bent on killing herself, come out of her shell, leave her suicide partner James behind and blossom into her own person because the hot Dean (and his perfect family) pays attention to her. Oddly, Dean, who should be super popular because he is a star basketball player, never seems to have anyone around him but Madison and there is no jealous girl wanting to do Madison harm. Madison is suicidal because she was brought up by parents whose religious hypocrisy prevented them from showing her love?. While religious hypocrisy and parents who rule their houses with "the stick of religion" are a fact, her mother Donna's problems are way beyond her religious convictions. Ironically, while Madison's father (who by the end of the story has since rejected his religious ways and declares that he never loved Donna) is given a clean slate, poor Donna is left in her religious hell and culpable for all Madison's past abuses.
Maybe it's because I am a mother that I can see Donna's inability to love Madison as she should to be more than just bad parenting and religious fanaticism. Obviously, Donna has been damaged herself and could benefit from her own story being told. My guess is that Donna's own father abandoned her and she was sexually promiscuous as a teenager trying to find her father's love in random men. When she got pregnant with Madison, she resentfully married the father and turned to religion to find forgiveness and acceptance. Unhappily married to a man who didn't love her, she escaped from her life by seeking approval within the church and keeping herself from the joys of motherhood she didn't think she was worthy of because of her past behavior. We all have history's that shed light on who we are and why we behave the way we do. Madeline's own behavior would shadow a lot of her own mother's just from genetics alone. So while Donna honestly needs help, it is not her religious beliefs or actions that are to blame for her bad parenting, but her own life experiences and bad choices.
So yes, I know I am going to get a lot of zero votes from Tiffany King's loyal fans (the first 14 reviews I read were from self proclaimed "I will read anything she writes and love it" fans, but I do not think this story is worthy of 5 stars. Blaming militant religious practices, rehashing the same story and adding a suicide watch to it and making her "savior" too perfect to be real, made this story un-enjoyable and a disappointment for me.
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes (1.99)
Would I read it again? Probably not
Would I recommend it to friends? Sure, I'm obviously am in the minority
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hooked from the very first page!
Loved it! Made me cry!