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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:

  1. I'd love to win!
    jpetroroy@gmail.com

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  2. Oh I really really want to read this one!! I love Elizabeth Scott's books.
    greenbeanteenqueen at gmail dot com

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

    riddikulus.sarah@gmail.com

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

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  5. That sounds like a good book would love to win it!
    sharpsusie@gondtc.com

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  6. 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!

    mearley@twinlakes.k12.in.us

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  7. 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.

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  8. sounds great thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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  9. love to add it to my summer reading list
    pksanddancer@yahoo.com

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  10. 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.

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

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

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

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  14. I haven't read Elizabeth Scott before so this would be great!
    Thanks
    Sarah
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  15. sounds like a good addition to my summer reading pile.

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  16. Great contest!! Thanks!
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  17. This sounds like a great read and Elizabeth Scott is a great author!


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  18. I'd love to win pretty please!

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

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

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

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

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

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  24. I would love to win! This sounds excellent!

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  25. Love to have this.

    Thanks,

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

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

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  28. Please count me in. :)

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  29. I'd love to enter. Thanks!

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  30. I tweeted.

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  31. I'd love to read this.

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  32. This sounds really great. Please enter me. Thanks

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  33. I'd love to enter :)
    I just blogged about this:
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  34. http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/1919836662

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

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

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  37. I would love to read this one, too Thanks for the giveaway.
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  38. I'd love to win too-I always thought the cover was so pretty of this book too. :)

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  39. Elizabeth Scott is an amazing writer! I'd love to read this!
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  40. I posted a link to this contest here:
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  41. I'd love to get this book.

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  42. I blogged about this contest.

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

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  43. 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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  44. Please enter me, thanks!
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  45. I posted this on my sidebar at http://booksobsession.blogspot.com

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  46. I posted this on my blog.

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  47. 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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  48. I tweeted!
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  49. Enter me!
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  50. This book has such a beautiful cover, and it sounds incredible! I want to read it!

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