Love You Hate You Miss You
by Kelly Lemaster
This young adult novel was written by Elizabeth Scott. Love You Hate You Miss You focuses on Amy, who is trying to cope with losing her best friend, Julia, in a car accident. Though this idea can often become quite clichéd, Scott finds a way to perfectly balance sadness, anger, and just enough happiness to convey true emotions. Amy enters a rehab facility and is given a journal. Rather than make journal entries, Amy writes letter to Julia. She writes everything that she would like to tell Julia. It's the only thing she feels comfortable enough to tell the complete truth.
This book does an amazing job in showing the many layers of loss and coping. The experience feels real. You flip the pages feeling everything Amy feels. This is one thing that many people can relate to. Death and loss.
Having recently dealt with a loss, Love You Hate You Miss You really helped me to see that what I was feeling was normal and that there was a light at the end of the pain and loss. This book showed me that feeling angry or happy shouldn't cause me to feel guilty.
It gave me hope.
It was an amazing book that truly grasped the nature of each and every one of us coping with a loss. I definitely recommend it!