Me Since You

Me Since You

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Oh c'mon, Dad, nothing's going to happen.

And for sixteen year-old Rowan Areno, shielded by her parents from the dark side of life, nothing bad usually does...until that last Friday in March when Rowan cuts school for a day of fun-and a random stranger's shocking crime sets a traumatic series of events into motion that will change her life forever.

The crime video goes viral, the cruel, relentless aftermath threatening Rowan, her family, and Eli, a witness haunted by losses of his own. But when tragedy strikes, shattering Rowan's world and destroying all she thought was true, not even Eli can protect her from the devastation.

Her life now divided into Before and After, Rowan struggles to survive, searching for answers, and desperate to make sense of what remains. She discovers that everyone grieves differently, though, and the path to love and forgiveness isn't simple or straightforward. Will she carry these emotional wounds with her forever, or with Eli's help, can she learn to trust, hope and believe in happiness again?

Me Since You is Laura Wiess at her finest-a beautiful, gripping, and painfully honest examination of love, loss, and a family in crisis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 25mm | 293g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 1439193975
  • 9781439193976
  • 741,431

About Laura Wiess

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
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1,705 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (590)
3 23% (386)
2 6% (96)
1 3% (49)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss.) 16-year-old Rowan seems to always be getting in trouble for things, and even gets brought home by the police â?? something that her parents especially dislike considering that her father is also a police officer. When her father is unable to stop a man from killing himself and his young son, he begins to suffer from depression though, and doesnâ??t seem like himself at all. Can Rowanâ??s father get through this depression? And can anyone really know how heâ??s really feeling? This was an okay, but while it was sad in places, it was also quite boring in places too. Rowan was an okay character, although I found her to be quite stupid and immature at times. She did things knowing that she would get in trouble with her parents and/or the cops if she was caught, yet did them anyway. She also made some really bad decisions, and didnâ??t really seem to give people the respect they deserved. The storyline in this was okay, but I did find myself bored a lot of the time. The sad event in this book was sad, but I also saw it coming from really early on. The characters behaviours after this event was fairly typical given the situation, but while I felt sorry for them, the story didnâ??t really move me the way I expected it to. There was a little bit of romance, but it was a bit of a side story rather than the main storyline. The thing in this story that I liked the least has got to be Rowanâ??s friend Nadia, who wasnâ??t really sympathetic, and in fact made some really awful comments to Rowan regarding the bad thing that happened to her. The ending to this was okay, and was probably the best part of the book for me. I liked how Rowan finally got a bit of closure, and finally learned to forgive as well. Overall; a sad story, but not 100% engaging. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
This book left me an emotional wreck. It was so emotional, raw, and real. I loved almost every second of it, and it's one of the four books that have actually made me cry. (For some reason, I don't really cry while reading). Me Since You is about the events before and after the protagonist's father commits suicide. One day, he fails to save a man and his son from committing suicide off a bridge. He falls into depression and becomes hated on by most of the population. Rowan--the main character--feels guilty for setting off a chain of events that led to her father being called to the bridge. Eli, a good Samaritan tries to stop the man and his son but fails. Rowan's father eventually commits suicide, and both suicides impact on every character in the book. Rowan is a likable and realistic protagonist. She's upset and weak for more of the book--as expected--but she never becomes whiny and unreasonable. She's a bit of a rebel, and she does lash out a bit. Rowan's father is your typical hard-working, fully-committed-to-his-job kind of guy who obviously becomes very depressed. His transition throughout the book is shocking and sad. The other secondary characters (Rowan's mom, Rowan's best friend, Rowans boss, Rowans grandparents, etc.) are all pretty cool. They're a pretty mixed bag, who all react differently to the suicide and the incident leading up to it. They felt real and awesome, even though not all of them are meant to be liked. The only character who I felt was lackluster was Eli. Eli is a pretty big part in Rowan's life before and after her father's suicide. He was kind and easy to relate to. He has a pretty interesting back-story pertaining to the death of his father and how he got his dog. There isn't really anything wrong with Eli, but even though there was all this time spent of his awesome back-story, he felt underdeveloped. Apart from all the stuff about his dad and his dog, I don't know anything about him. Who are his friends? What does he do in his spare time? He has a big impact on Rowan. Despite his big part in the book, he doesn't appear nearly enough. He turns up for a good amount of time before the suicide, then drops out after the suicide. Why the hell is such a major character not even there for most of it? The suicide is completely realistic and the story moves in a good pace. Apart from the flaw with Eli's appearances and lack of information, this book is a fantastic, emotional book. I am definitely going to buy it, and will recommend it to anyone. An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest more
by Donna Huang
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