Love You Hate You Miss You (Elizabeth Scott)


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.

“I wish she was here. I wish. I wish. I wish. I wish I didn’t hate her so much for leaving me.”

I’m going to start with the good points in regards to Love You Hate You Miss You. Which is such a strange title, but once you read the book it actually really comprehends Amy’s feelings. The cycles that she is going through and the cluster of feelings that she is experiencing, which is kind of cool.

The fact that this book is written with a mix of letters to a dead person and a 1st person narrative, was very satisfying to me. Mainly because I get a lot of what the main character is going through and that is a really big deal to me. Especially with books that deal with this sort of topic. With me saying that, I really enjoyed the growth between Amy and her parents. It was one of my favorite things about the book and to me it was something that Amy really needed as a child.

Now, the not so good.

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I didn’t like how the plot was developed. As a reader, we are supposed to see Amy learn to realize that her relationship with Julia was just plain toxic. It wasn’t good for her and the things that happened were not her fault. It’s so obvious to see (in my opinion) her peers, parents, and even her psychiatrist try to point this out to her but I was really disappointed that she never saw it for herself. Isn’t that what the point of the book was?

This was also yet another book that required zero romance but yet the author forced Patrick into our lives and it was just completely unnecessary. Like, why? What am I supposed to take away from this? I don’t quite understand but okay…here this is and here he is…so now what?

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All in all, the book was very well written. It was just very jumbled and very repetitive. It didn’t have the type of development I was looking for and it had a random romance thrown in when it wasn’t even needed. I don’t regret reading the book, I just probably wouldn’t recommend it very often.


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