Waiting on Wednesday: Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Expected Release Date: September 3, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Rowan is still reeling from her father’s suicide four months ago, after he failed to stop a man from leaping off an overpass to his death. The only witness is Eli, a teenaged boy wrapped deep in mourning for his own father, killed in action in Afghanistan. When Rowan and Eli meet, they recognize kindred spirits, and begin to navigate grief and its aftermath together.

Rowan can’t understand how her father could choose to leave her, and acts out, pushing away friends and taking risks with her safety. Rowan’s mother, wracked with her own guilt and sorrow over failing to save her husband, stops going to work and collects stray cats for comfort. Grief, fractured and unpredictable, rules their lives now. Rowan is lost—and sinking. But Eli represents a lifeline for Rowan, and as they struggle to make sense of what’s gone and what is left behind, they begin to fall in love. Me Since You is Laura Wiess at her finest—a beautiful, gripping and painfully honest examination of adolescence.

(Summary via Goodreads)

This doesn’t exactly sound like an upper of a book, but I’m excited to read it all the same.  It looks like the kind of sad, meaty YA novel that I so enjoy, and since right now I’m in the throes of a terrible reading slump, everything that has yet to be released just seems so appealing.  As long as the romance doesn’t overshadow the grief and the process feels authentic, this one looks like it will be a winner with me.

 

What are you waiting on this week?

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