Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

[description from amazon]

Get this, I'm supposed to be starting a journal about "my journey." Please. I can see it now:
Dear Diary, As I'm set adrift on this crazy sea called "life" . . . I don't think so.

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 it's your fault.

Amy's shrink thinks it would help 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.


This book is by Elizabeth Scott. Therefore, it is very good. As far as I'm concerned, Elizabeth Scott can do no wrong and is one of the best YA authors out there right now. She always brings something new to common themes and plotlines, while still bringing well developed characters and some sort of emotion to a book. This book is definitely no exception to that.

Amy is an honest, though sometimes annoying characters. She is always blaming herself for everything that it becomes a little tiresome, but her reasoning behind it is explained well and it helps to develop her character more because it shows how much Julia's death has effected her. The letters she wrote to Julia helped to develop her character more too, as the letters are mostly blunt and full of feeling. I wish the minor characters were developed a bit more, as at times it seemed Julia was more developed. Which isn't that bad of a thing because I appreciated that Julia too was a character even though she's dead, but still.

This isn't one of those books with super exciting plots, more of a subtle, emotional one. There was plenty of emotion, since there are flashbacks to Amy's time with Julia, and there are plenty of scenes where Amy has to deal with her parents who try too hard and classmates who treat her poorly.

Love You Hate You Miss You is another winner from Elizabeth Scott; it's emotional, powerful, and pretty much just awesome.


You know the book is good when one of my biggest complaints about it is that now that I've read it, I have to wait almost a whole year to read another Elizabeth Scott book. Noooo.

Links: Elizabeth's site/blog

HarperTeen/$16.99/Amazon/Barnes and Noble/Borders/IndieBound


  1. I can't wait to read this book! I've yet to read a negative review.

  2. I completely agree! This was definitly a winner, I love Elizabeth Scotts books. :D

  3. I am reading this right now and REALLY enjoying it!