ARC Review: Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Posted November 22, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

ARC Review: Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Me Since You

by Laura Wiess
Pages: 352
Published on February 18th 2014
by MTV Books
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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?

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

Me Since You broke my heart. Shattered it to pieces. Crushed it. It made me cry so much. It was so realistic and it brought back so many memories. But in the end, it healed me again. Heartbreaking but so beautiful.

Me Since You is the story of Rowan Areno, a sixteen-year-old girl whose life is divided in Before and After. Before she was a normal girl, maybe a little too sheltered by her dad, who was a police officer, and her mother. After she’s a girl whose life was destroyed after that one day in March. If only she had known that day what would happen in the weeks that followed. She would’ve never left campus to cut school if she’d known that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences for her and her family. She finds a soul mate in Eli, a boy who was a witness to the crime and is haunted by losses of his own. But can she learn to be happy again?


I’m so glad I got a chance to read this book even though it made me cry so much. Laura’s writing is so engaging and realistic and she got everything right. It brought back memories of when my grandmother died and in a way, that’s a good thing because that means she did a good job with this book. And it shows how awful people can be when something tragic happens. I mean… People can be so mean. I was shocked at how the people in these books reacted to the events that took place. And because it was so realistic, it hurt so much more. This book really broke me and hurt so bad I needed to take a break but I couldn’t. It just pulled me right back into it and didn’t let me go.

I loved Rowena and I understood everything she felt. I’ve been there! She’s really easy to relate too for me. I wanted to jump in the book and give her a big hug and tell her it’ll be okay. And while I’m there, I’m going to punch Nadia in her face. She was the worst BFF you can imagine in this book. Geesh… You can’t expect someone to just move on one month after her dad killed himself… I would really punch her really hard. And I would give Eli a hug too. He’s such a sweetie. I love him.

The romance in this book is not a big thing. It’s just a subtle thing on the side that pops up when it needs to. It didn’t take over the book. It’s still a book about loss, family, acceptance,… It’s not a romance book and I loved that. But the romance was sweet and perfect and just enough to give me a smile when I finished this book.

If you don’t like books that make you cry, don’t read this book because it will make you cry. (Probably.) But I do recommend this book because it’s such a beautiful, brilliantly written book.

autograph bieke


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