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 expected...in 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 obvious...it'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 see...you 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?