If you ask me what I have come to do in this world, I will reply: "I am here to live aloud." -- Emile Zola
ME SINCE YOU
Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?
Before and After. That's how Rowan Areno sees her life now.
Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old -- a little too sheltered by
her police officer father and her mother.
After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of
a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.
If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that
a random stranger's shocking crime would have traumatic consequences,
she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral,
maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother -- and herself --
from the endless replay of heartache and grief.
Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses
of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward
path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope and believe
in happiness again?
Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl's journey from
innocence to devastating loss, and ultimately, to a strange and
unexpected kind of understanding -- in this beautiful and painfully
honest new novel.
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