Friday, July 10, 2009

(Rv) Love You Hate You Miss You + Song

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
Review by: Lauren

Summary- Get this, I'm supposed to be starting a journal about "my journey." Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I'm set adrift on this crazy sea called "life" . . . I don't think so.

It's been seventy-five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.

And she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone now, and she doesn't want to talk about it. They wouldn't get it, anyway. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.

They wouldn't understand what it feels like to know it's your fault.

Amy's shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.
But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.


My first thought while reading this book is that it's not what I a good way. To be honest, this was the first book I've ever read by Elizabeth Scott though I own a couple other titles from her and really hope to get to them soon now. She's definitely a great writer for teens. The voice and way she writes made me believe that this was really Amy's story. Amy wasn't Elizabeth and Elizabeth wasn't Amy. It was believable, realistic.

Back on the topic of not being's true. You might open this book and expect to find something but realize it's completely different, and that's great! I don't mind predictable books, but this one wasn't completely that way and it made for a nice change. I wanted to keep reading, I wanted to know more.

Amy's parents were very different from other books I've read. Amy felt that they were so wrapped up in each other in the past, they didn't really care what went on with her so why should she try? You might think it's a normal teen reaction to their parents, but Amy really does have a point and I liked that. No parent is 100% perfect and sometimes it does take a tragedy to really show them what they are doing wrong. They see this though, they want to change.

As for Julia, she's easy to kind of idolize as a great friend because Amy does and she's the one telling you the story, but if you read between the lines and listen to what Amy's therapist is trying to get her to realize that they were both screwed up and they played on each other's weaknesses and strengths until the very end. Except Amy is the only one left with a shot to change and evolve.

Overall, I'm definitely a fan of this one. It was written well and read fast. The characters were interesting and the story wasn't always predictable. I'd say it's worth a read, and as for me, I'm a new fan of Elizabeth.

My song pick for this book is called "Miss You, Hate You" by Joe Bonamassa

What do you think of the book, the song, etc?


Mishel said...

I haven't read anything by Elizabeth yet but I just added The Unwritten Rule to my TBR list. I have this one on their too.

I really love your review and it sounds like I'll really enjoy this book and her writing. I need to hurry up and get something by her lol

I Heart Monster said...

I haven't read this yet, or anything by Elizabeth Scott, but I do have the audiobook and am looking forward to it!

kalea_kane said...

I haven't read anything by Elizabeth Scott, but I do have this as well as Living Dead Girl on my TBR list. Great review. Thank you for sharing.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Mishel: Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the review and yes, definitely try something by her. I'm glad I finally cracked down and got one read!!

Shesten: Ohh awesome! I hope you enjoy it.

Kalea Kane: Thank you! And I have Living Dead Girl too. Can't wait to check that out. Looks very interesting.

And I'm glad I wasn't the only one behind on Elizabeth's books. :)


MarZel said...

Hi Lauren:

I think it is a good thing a I read the review. Initially, I would have never considered the book, but after your review I think it is a must read!!! I must say I appriciate the reviews... with things so busy it is easy to overlook a gem!!! Thanks.

Thao said...

I've read anything by Elizabeth either. I'm still waiting for my copy of this book to come. I hope I like it too. Thanks for the review ^^

Nicole B. said...

Great review - I love this story. :]

PS: You're now up on the WORD for Teens directory; you can get to it on the link through my blog. ^^

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Mrs. V said...

I really want to read this book. I have only read Bloom so far, but all of her books look so good. I have Perfect You in my TBR stack right now.

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