Thursday, May 21, 2009

Book Review (and Giveaway!): Love You Hate You Miss You

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott. (Grades 8+)

ETA (June 4): The contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!

I hate that I've become a bunch of quotation marks. "In Recovery." "At Risk."

"Murderer."


All her life Amy has felt too tall, too quiet, too awkward. The alcohol helps and that's why she drinks - to forget herself, to feel blurry and free. Julia also helped. Ever since Amy and Julia met, they were best friends. Amy knew she could count on Julia no matter what.

But now Julia's gone and it's all Amy's fault. Amy doesn't know how to deal with the sudden loss of her best friend. As her therapist has her write down her thoughts (which take the form of letters to Julia), Amy will begin to figure out her complicated relationship with her best friend.

Ohhhh, Elizabeth Scott... She better write a bazillion more books. Every time I read a new book of hers I enjoy it even more than the one before. I saved Love You Hate You Miss You until I moved because I was looking forward to it so much and I knew it'd be a great way to de-stress. I was totally right. I was actually a little disappointed that I didn't have a long wait at the DMV because I didn't get a chance to read.

What did I love about this book? Well, Amy's voice, for one. She's been through this terrible tragedy. She feels incredibly guilty. But she still has this razor-sharp sarcastic edge. She hates being labeled and, as much as it hurts her, she sees things that she and Julia would have made fun of or laughed about. She's also a bit of an unreliable narrator, which I didn't think I liked but Elizabeth's crafted it with the perfect amount of tension so that it's really believable.

I also just loved the writing. I would get caught up with the characters and the plot and then these really great lines of description would jump out at me, like:

Describing the accident:

All around us, the air smelled like burned rubber and cracked metal, and my cigarette still glowed as the world ended.

Amy describing her hair:

Mine in short and the color red leaves are right before they rot.

And (one last one) I love her description of the rejects at school as "all pimples and desperation".

Not only are these lines poetic and beautiful, but they tell you so much about Amy and how she thinks and how she feels about herself. Brilliant.

So, yeah. It's not as "chick-lit" as Something Maybe, and not nearly as disturbing as Living Dead Girl. I'd highly recommend Love You Hate You Miss You to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's edgier titles (say, Speak or Wintergirls). Don't take my word for it; check out more reviews at Hope's Bookshelf, Becky's Book Reviews, and Katie's Book Blog.

And y'all are in luck because I have an extra copy of the ARC that I am GIVING AWAY TO ONE OF YOU. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post to enter. If you would make sure your email address is in the comment (or on your profile), that would make life easier for me. If you link to this giveaway in any way (on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) I will give you one extra entry for each link. Please leave a separate comment for each link.

You've got until June 3 to enter and I'll draw on June 4. My giveaway is open to anyone anywhere!

AND SPEAKING OF contests that end on June 3, head over to Reviewer X where you can enter to win ALL OF ELIZABETH SCOTT'S BOOKS. I'm tellin' ya, you don't want to miss that one!

*Quotes are from ARC and may not reflect the final version.

52 comments:

Jen said...

I'd love to win!
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GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Oh I really really want to read this one!! I love Elizabeth Scott's books.
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Sarah said...

I'd love to win! I love Elizabeth Scott's books so much.

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Carey said...

This sounds really good. I would love to read it.

Susie Sharp Librarian said...

That sounds like a good book would love to win it!
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Megan said...

I've heard such great things about Elizabeth Scott's books but haven't had a chance to read one yet. I'd love to win this one!

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melissa said...

I haven't read a single Elizabeth Scott book (too freaked out by Living Dead Girl) but this one I might be able to handle.

mindy said...

sounds great thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

jemscout425 said...

love to add it to my summer reading list
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Lisa said...

I'd love to win this one. I recently read Bloom and loved it and would like to try one of her darker ones. I'm on the list for Living Dead Girl but my name hasn't come up to the top yet.

Amanda said...

Um. Duh. Of course I have to enter!! Thanks for hosting :)

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Anonymous said...

Mary
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This sounds like a super good read, and I gotta have my book fix lol
Have a wonderful week :)

Mary said...

Sounds like a very deep, good book. I'd love to read it.

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Sarah Z said...

I haven't read Elizabeth Scott before so this would be great!
Thanks
Sarah
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wendy said...

sounds like a good addition to my summer reading pile.

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Carrie said...

Great contest!! Thanks!
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Jeni said...

I would love to win this

texasheartland said...

This sounds like a great read and Elizabeth Scott is a great author!


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Heather said...

I'd love to win pretty please!

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biblauragraphy said...

Ooooooo Elizabeth Scott! Glad to hear your thoughts on this one - I've been looking forward to it.

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BUSY BEE said...

This book sounds like the perfect book to start my summer reading! I hope to win!

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alexandrea said...

It sounds like a very interesting read! Thanks for the giveaway.

Tiffany819 said...

This looks like a great book and I would love to read it! Thank you!!

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ellie_enchanted said...

I really want to read this :) Thanks for the contest!

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Nomad Librarian said...

I would love to win! This sounds excellent!

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.

Thanks,

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Ladybug said...

I would really like to read this book. Please enter me in the giveaway :)

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Susan said...

This sounds like such an interesting story. I'd love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win.

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Hil'Lesha said...

Please count me in. :)

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Aik said...

I'd love to enter. Thanks!

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Aik said...

I tweeted.

http://twitter.com/aikychien/status/1910958151

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MJ said...

I'd love to read this.

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Anonymous said...

This sounds really great. Please enter me. Thanks

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Ella Press said...

I'd love to enter :)
I just blogged about this:
http://theclockmonkey2.blogspot.com/2009/05/more-giveaways.html

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valerie2350 said...

oooh please enter me :)

valerie2350 said...

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Melissa said...

Whew, a lot of Elizabeth Scott fans. Throw my name in the pot, too. :)

aleksandra said...

I would love to read it- sounds like a good book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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suzana said...

I would love to read this one, too Thanks for the giveaway.
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kim said...

I'd love to win too-I always thought the cover was so pretty of this book too. :)

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Melanie said...

Elizabeth Scott is an amazing writer! I'd love to read this!
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Melanie said...

I posted a link to this contest here:
http://melanies--musings.blogspot.com/2009/05/things-to-know-before-i-go.html

Callie said...

I'd love to get this book.

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Callie said...

I blogged about this contest.

http://callier.blogspot.com/2009/05/contest-for-love-you-hate-you-miss-you.html

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Jenna said...

This book has been at the top of my to-read list since I first heard about it. I would love the chance to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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Ashley said...

Please enter me, thanks!
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Ashley said...

I posted this on my sidebar at http://booksobsession.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

I posted this on my blog.

http://yalibrariantales.blogspot.com/2009/05/its-not-too-late.html

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Indigo said...

Please enter me in this drawing. I've heard a lot of great things about Elizabeth Scott's books. Thanks! Indigo

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Ashley said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/booksobsession/status/2008532179

Katie said...

Enter me!
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Paradox said...

This book has such a beautiful cover, and it sounds incredible! I want to read it!

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