Love You Hate You Miss You
By: Elizabeth Scott
It's been seventy- five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her. And she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone now, and she doesn't want to talk about it. They wouldn't get it, anyway. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.
They wouldn't understand what it feels like to know its your fault.
Amy's shrink thinks it would help her to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.
But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as she thought it was- and the present deserves a chance too.
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My Rating: 4/5
I really love Elizabeth Scott, she's one of my favourite young adult authors. I greatly appreciate her ability to produce a range of novels. Some authors just stick to a particular theme, their ideas similar and familiar in many aspects of their writing. And while I greatly enjoy everything that Elizabeth writes, regardless of topic, theme etc, I'm always excited to see what's coming next because with her, I never know. She can write the funny, lighthearted adorable novels, as well as the ones that are more profound, raw, and painstakingly real.
Love You Hate You Miss You is very real. It follows Amy, a sixteen-year-old girl whose best friend Julia has died. Amy blames herself for her friend's death and this book centers around the back and forth battle that Amy experiences within herself, the constant self loathing she allows herself to feel. This book is very honest. I really enjoyed the progression with Amy as the novel escalated as well as the letters to Julia and how over time, those progressed as well.
One other quality I really like about Elizabeth Scott's novels is the endings. There is always a resolution but things never end off perfectly. The character does not go through the entire novel thinking one thing about herself or her situations and then suddenly in the end, does a complete 360. Things never comes off as fake or cliche because it fits with the story and the characters. Nothing is forced, yet enough is said to wrap up the loose strings leaving the reader satisfied.