Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth ScottLove You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Love You Hate You Miss You

byElizabeth Scott

Paperback | April 27, 2010

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It's been seventy-five days, and Amy still doesn't know how she can possibly exist without her best friend, Julia—especially since it's her fault that Julia's dead. When her shrink tells her it would be a good idea to start a diary, Amy starts writing letters to Julia instead. But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance, too.

Elizabeth Scott grew up in a town so small it didn't even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She's sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn't want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, DC, wit...
Title:Love You Hate You Miss YouFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:April 27, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061122858

ISBN - 13:9780061122859

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the Best This is yet another infuriating story about people who refuse to talk to each other about how they're feeling and a girl who wont't take charge of a life that has taken an unfavorable left turn. I'll admit that I may be being minorly unfair, and that if I had come across this book seven or eight years ago I may have really liked it. I'll also say the ending saved most of the book. It was sweet and hopeful, and I felt like Amy had learned something, or at least was beginning to learn things. Still, it's not the best YA fiction I've read, and I don't think I would reccomend it.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a YA novel about personal responsibility Back in the mid 7os, when made for TV movies were the rage, Linda Blair starred in one called Sara T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. I’m sure it’s incredibly cheesy now, but I remember thinking that it was shocking and heart-breaking back then (and, yes, I realize I’m dating myself!) See for yourself. I love the fact that all this stuff turns up on YouTube! Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott is an updated take on teenage drinking. It tells the story of Amy whose best friend, Julia, has been killed in a car accident that Amy feels wholly responsible for. At the start of the book, Amy is just being released from Pinewood, a teen treatment center. She’s back home with her parents, high powered people from whom Amy has always felt distant. She has to return to school and continue to see her therapist, who insists she ask and answer some hard questions about her relationship with Julia. Some of Love You Hate You Miss You is written in the form of letters to Julia. Amy’s therapist thinks it would be a good idea to journal her way to recovery, but Amy decides that she’ll write to Julia instead. The rest of the novel is a first person account of Amy’s attempts to fit back into a life she never really fit in to before. Instead of a ‘movie of the week” feel, though, Love You Hate You Miss You seems authentic. Amy is 16 and she sounds it. She is trying to make sense of her life, but now she has to do it without her best friend. She drank because it made her feel less awkward, more confident. Of course, the truth is alcohol just masks things temporarily – when the high wears off, you are who you are. Amy has no choice but to come to terms with her parents, her life and herself and Love You Hate You Miss You allows that to happen without talking down to its intended audience. Now, I think I’ll re-watch Sara T!
Date published: 2011-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yet Another Engrossing Tale 75 days ago, Amy's life was completely different. 75 days ago, Amy still had a best friend. 75 days ago, Julia was still alive. Amy has spent these past 75 days at Pinewood, a rehab clinic, trying to recover from her dependency on alcohol and the guilt that has hounded her ever since Julia died. When Amy is finally allowed to go home, her therapist advises her to keep a journal. Instead, Amy writes letters to her dead friend, slowly coming to terms with the past, the present and the could-be future. The recovery after the death of someone close to you is never easy and Amy's path is littered with extra obstacles. Amy has never felt wanted or loved by her parents and as a result, she doesn't feel able to accept their support and reach out to them during her arduous journey. Elizabeth Scott realistically portrays Amy's dependence on alcohol. Amy's longing for the substance that will make her numb again is evident through Scott's blunt and truthful words. Also, Scott does not use the opportunity to preach about the dangers of alcohol, something teens will be grateful for. Along with Amy's recovery from her addiction to alcohol, Elizabeth Scott focuses much of the book on friendship. Amy and Julia's friendship is explored through the heartfelt letters that Amy writes to Julia expressing her resentment, her anger, her guilt and her sadness. The story of Julia's death is revealed slowly. As it is revealed, it is easy to see why Amy feels the way she does and why she reacts to different events in a certain manner. When Amy first begins school again, Amy is ignored by many of her peers, especially Julia's other friends who despise her. Amy does find new friends as the story progresses with both new people and old friends. Those characters are well explored as well, especially Amy's former friend, Caro as well as Mel and Patrick, someone with whom Amy already has a past with. Overall, Elizabeth Scott has created yet another engrossing tale, this time of a vulnerable girl who cannot find it within her to forgive herself.
Date published: 2009-05-27

Editorial Reviews

“Deceptively touching…the twist of a family of thieves gives the story originality.”