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Title: Love You Hate You Miss You
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: Because you told me to!
Summary: After a tragic car crash, Amy goes to a rehab facility to get a handle on her drinking. But when she’s released, life just isn’t the same. Her best friend Julia is gone, her parents are faking a happy family routine, and her therapist wants her to start a diary.
Review: This is a heavier story than others I’ve read by Scott with not as much in the way of romance, although it does have a bit in that department.
But as with her other novels, this one didn’t speak to me. Putting on my YAnnabe hat, the internal dialogue was too much for me. I would love to see Scott write a novel in third person because I think that might be more to my taste.
Here’s an example of the internal dialogue I’m talking about. Amy has just told a potential new friend about her time in rehab:
…and then I ended up telling her about Pinewood.
I don’t know why I did. I just felt like it, I guess. I didn’t even feel weird. Well, maybe a little. But she wasn’t—she didn’t react like I thought she would. She didn’t say anything stupid, and she didn’t try to be all positive or sympathetic or anything.
The frequent hesitations in the narration (like “But she wasn’t—she didn’t”) called extra attention to the internal dialogue, and I like that technique better in actual dialogue.
Still, this was an enjoyable and quick read. If you like Scott’s other novels, I think you’ll like this one too.
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