Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
This short book is the emotional story of how Amy copes with her best friend Julia’s dying in a car crash. Did I mention that Amy was in the car with her? Or that Amy was the one who encouraged her drugged friend to leave the party and drive home? The story is told mostly through Amy’s journal entries, all actually letters to Julia telling her about her life now that she feels completely isolated and alone. Although Amy has stopped her binge drinking, she misses the numbness is gave her when she feels too tall, or too awkward, or too stupid. And now her parents, who used to be so “in love” with each other that they virtually ignored her, are trying to actually act interested in what Amy does, and how she’s doing. Give me a break, she thinks silently.
This is one of the few books I’ve given 5/5 stars to lately. What made it so special for me was that the emotions rang true, and the author didn’t try too hard to tie up the story into a pretty package at the end. I highly recommend this book to all teens.