Summary: Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.
Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?
Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.
If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.
Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
Review: Rowan and I, you could say we were in the same situation (that’s far as I can share). But we’re not on the same page as far as the grieving goes. I mean, every one of us deal with this kind of pain differently. And even though we had a common denominator I sort of felt detached to her. I guess it was too overwhelming to me and I wasn’t completely committed to her issues.
Rowan’s father is a police office and one day, he failed to save the guy from committing suicide. And that’s where it all started. He was blamed by many because he was unable to save the guy. His father become depressed and decided to kill himself. She was shocked with his decision and from there things were spiraled to worse. Her family was starting to fall apart. It hit her mom pretty bad; and the question lingered on her: why did he do it?
There were few tear-jerker books that I have read but only a few managed to elicit heavy emotions out of me. In fact only two books had made me bawling like a baby. I expected Me Since You by Laura Wiess to be one of them. Unfortunately I didn’t cry, I wasn’t emotional but I do understand the stages she went after losing someone. It was even harder that the person she cares inflicted it to himself. Of course questions and uncertainties will arise on herself, on her family. Doubt, regret, guilt can be overpowering.
It’s also a wonder how a single event can shook your life and changed you forever. I understand her regrets and sadness. People might have pushed his father to come up to that decision and it consumed him. Even though he took precautions, he still went with it. It’s pretty easy to understand Rowan and the things she needs to do in order to cope with what happened. It’s not only with happened that you need to deal with, it also as hard or probably harder on what comes after that. And that’s also what we got to see in here. I also liked the addition of subtle romance in there. They shared something and because Eli knew how it felt he was able to understand what’s going on with her.
I liked it, I wasn’t really into it and I didn’t shed a single tear, but it was still an eye opener to me. It’s remarkable how efficiently the theme was injected to the story. I really liked the part where she got a note from her dad. She’d always been wondering and she really hoped it was from him. It makes it easy—even for bit and even if it’s just gradual, at least she got some sort of acknowledgement from him. She finally got herself to continue after all that.
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “You learn to live with the loss and when you’re ready, you go on. You carry the memory with you forever” — Eva