Once upon a time, Rowan Areno was just a girl skipping
school with her best friend, hoping not to get caught by her
overprotective policeman father. When tragedy hits, Rowan
knows she will never be the same. It doesn't help that the
tragedy might have been prevented if she had only stayed in
school that day. In the struggles of grief, Rowan will have
to discover if happiness is every something she can find
ME SINCE YOU by Laura Wiess is not at all what I was
expecting. Just based on the title and the synopsis that
doesn't give much away (for good reason), I kind of assumed
this was going to be a love story of some sort, maybe where
the guy dies or something bad happens. While that would have
been perfectly fine, that is not what this story is about.
Instead, it tells the heartbreaking story of a girl whose
world (and the world of those around her) is completely
shattered, first by one death, then another. There is
romance, but this story focuses on the all too tragic things
that sometimes happen and the aftermath of that, what to do
when the person who hurt you is the someone you loved, and
how to deal with the blame game that always follows loss.
Beautifully written, this is a story that I've never seen
before or any likeness of in any story I've read.
Other than the exceptional story the book is, two other
things also really stick out in ME SINCE YOU: the romance
there is and Rowan's personality. The romance between Rowan
and Eli is perfect for this book. It isn't overwhelming, it
isn't tragic, it isn't simple; it is a connection built on
understanding and hope, something that fits right along with
the couple. I love the journey they take. Rowan's
personality very nicely reflects her age. All throughout the
book, there are little details that showcase how young she
is and how hard it is to go through tragedy at any age, let
alone when hormones and high school are raging. I just love
how fitting her voice is in the story.
I love ME SINCE YOU, and I love Laura Wiess for writing
something so powerful and so unexpected. It is beautiful and
meaningful, and I can recommend it readers who love YA.
“Laura Wiess’s masterful prose kept me turning the pages.
This is the first book in a very long time that made me say,
‘Wish I’d written this’” (Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank, on
Such a Pretty Girl).
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.