Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…
Me Since You by Laura Wiess
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.
I need to break hiatus again and write about how much I want this book (I’m really bad at this hiatus thing. Maybe I should just give up. Yeah, that sounds like a good choice). I loved Laura Wiess’s first novel, Such A Pretty Girl it was extremely compelling and beautifully written and has left a lasting impression on me over the years. I tried to read one of her other novels, Leftovers, and hated it, and have been a bit wary of her books since then, but this one sounds right up my alley and I’m really excited about it. Cats, grief, and romance? Perfect.