Miss You: A Novel by Kate EberlenMiss You: A Novel by Kate Eberlen

Miss You: A Novel

byKate Eberlen

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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In the tradition of One Day, a wryly romantic story about two strangers who meet briefly as teens in Florence and whose paths cross again many times over the course of the next sixteen years, until they’re finally brought back together

What if the person you’re looking for is standing right next to you, and you don’t even know it?

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” reads the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even though she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before she starts university in London.

Gus and his parents are also visiting Florence, seven months after their lives changed suddenly and tragically. Gus, headed to medical school, is trying to be a dutiful son, but he longs to escape and discover who he really is.

On that day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they each return to England, to futures that are wildly different from the ones they’d envisioned for themselves.

Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other—until they each find themselves back in Florence, all those years later….

Title:Miss You: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443449989

ISBN - 13:9781443449984

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I needed a book like this Miss You felt very authentic to me - a friend of mine compared it to One Day (which as a sucker for destined-romance stories appealed to me) but I would say the major difference is the level of interaction between the characters. In One Day you have best friends who wind up together. In Miss You, you know your two protagonists will find each other (and their paths will frustratingly so cross paths every few years) but it all happens very suddenly and abruptly at the end - which felt a little bit more realistic and life-like for me personally. I would recommend reading this on a quiet weekend, where you can enjoy it all at once.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Both character's story are excellent. A very good read
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! Just started the book and I'm absolutely loving it!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This book was very good. Loved hearing about their lives, and all the almost times they met! I found the end a bit rushed but overall I really enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great a bit slow and boring but still a good read if you love romance
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh The book's description really appealed to me but I found the actual read a bit slow and boring at times. I wish there had been more interaction between the two protagonists as the ending was a little abrupt and unbelievable. Good for the summer but otherwise nothing special.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A perfect book to read on the beach during summer. Great for anyone who is a sucker for romance novels
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from For People who Daydream of Destined Romance It was a bit of a slow read at first, but it got a little more interesting towards the middle. What made me keep reading was the anticipation of a romantic destiny that the reviews promised. I wasn't too disappointed but I wasn't too thrilled either at the ending. Personally, it felt like a rather quick, abrupt ending considering all the events that happened in between. I would say it is a "present-time real-world fairytale" of sorts, and it satisfied me.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's alright Nothing particularly exciting about this novel. It was a nice summer read. Not fantastic but not bad either.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Brought this for my sister and she loved it!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected The book was good, don't get me wrong. But there are several moments throughout the book where I was left wondering, huh I thought I picked up a love story. *spoiler* There's just a lot of cheating and sleeping around that goes on in this book that wasn't really what I was expecting.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! You often wonder, Is it fate? or is it something else? From the very first page, this book provides you with a glimpse into new perspectives and meanings that often lead to self-reflective thinking as well as critical thinking. You will not reject reading this book! Definitely a good read for all women out there!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay ** spoiler alert ** The ending definitely does not deserve a 3-star rating, but everything leading up to it was not that bad. Tess and Gus meet briefly in Italy when they are teenagers. Life then takes its toll on both of them and leads them down different but albeit similar paths. They narrowly miss each other on a few occasions, but not nearly enough to warrant the unbelievably cheesy ending. I didn't particularly enjoy the seemingly incestual pairing of Gus/Charlotte and how friends were okay stealing others' partners (Doll/Dave). The novel may have represented all sorts of tumultuous relationships, health concerns and family dynamics but I still can't get the cheese out of my teeth after this one.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Such a great book, I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Stuff This ia a very good read. It's a great book to take away with you on a vacation.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a great read! very similar concept to David Nicholls' One Day. a great read that was easy to follow and really cute. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it A well written book and enjoyable read. I look forward to more by this author
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good You cannot go wrong with reading this novel. A good well developed plot.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful debut! Miss You is Kate Eberlen's absolutely wonderful debut novel. I loved the cover as it reminded me of a patchwork quilt. And then I looked a little closer at the pictures in the letters. It is two people who always seem to be headed in a different direction, never quite meeting. And that is the premise of Miss You. Miss You opens in 1997 when both Tree (short for Teresa) and Gus are on holiday in Italy. They both happen to visit a church at the same time, exchange a few words and then go on with their lives. Eberlen has created rich, full lives for both Tree and Gus. But not perfect - their lives are also filled with loss, grief, anger along with the happy moments. Miss You is told in alternating chapters, in the same time frame, from the two as the years progress. And unusually for me, I didn't have a favourite - I liked them both the same. I became so caught up in each of their lives and kept reading 'just one more chapter' to see what might happen next. What happened next, but also where. For you see, in every new time period, there's a moment when their paths cross. Not directly at first, but in passing, without recognizing that they've already met. "We think we choose our friends, but perhaps it's only just a matter of chance." "Do you believe in the one? As in, there's one person out there who's destined for you?" With every new entry and years passing, I found myself hoping for that 'star-crossed lovers' moment that their paths would cross. Do they? Will things come full circle? I'm not saying - you'll have to read Miss You to find out. I adored this book - it's warm, witty, heartwarming and real - with a touch of just maybe.......I'm looking forward to what Kate Eberlen writes next!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised! I wasn't expecting much from this book...it was purchased and given to me as a gift. It was a slower start but eventually I found I just couldn't put it down. Very neat storyline and I fell in love with the characters.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Can't go wrong with this one.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I enjoyed this novel, it is very sweet. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from can wait to read just bought this, my Easter weekend read... so excited. Will review when done.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome summer read! This was such a fantastic book!! I loved Tess and Gus' stories so much, and having them *almost* meet throughout 16 years was a very cool concept. Both of them lived extraordinary lives, complicated in their own ways. It lagged a bit in the middle, but the ending made my heart sing.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A slow but satisfying read I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Miss You is told through two parallel stories, where the lives of Tess and Gus occasionally cross - usually in extremely subtle ways. It was fun to spot them whenever it happened. The story itself isn't the happiest: Tess and Gus experience very different things growing up, but both end up on similar paths. They spent their lives sacrificing for the happiness of others - and I found it quite frustrating to read at times. I wanted to knock some sense into them! Tess at least acknowledged (internally) at the unfairness of it, but Gus just accepted it as his life. When they finally meet in the end - and totally fall for each other - it truly is the first time they put themselves first. The end is uplifting, full of hope and promise - which has me wishing for a sequel! Eberlen's descriptions of London and Italy are so lovingly detailed - they almost become characters themselves. I struggled at times with the slow pace of the plot, but never lost interest in the story itself. The pace actually built up the anticipation for when Tess and Gus would eventually meet. It made the whirlwind romance at the end feel a bit rushed though, and I think it could have benefitted from a bit more development. I think one of the things I was most impressed about was Eberlen's sensitive and knowledgeable take on a character with Aspergers. Tess' little sister Hope (whom she pretty much raises on her own), is the centre of her world. She struggles as Hope is diagnosed, and tries to give her as normal a childhood as possible. It was a very honest portrayal - I loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing & Reflective My husband and I have been together since we were sixteen years old. Twenty-four years of everyday choices that have joined our individual paths. Is it fate? This read would provide a glimpse into a new perspective for me to reflect on! Meet Tess and Gus. Two individuals, whose lives are fatefully intertwined, through a series of seemingly insignificant chance encounters, over the better part of two decades. Reminiscent of the Rolling Stone’s hit song “Miss You”, Kate Eberlen’s debut novel explores myriad contemporary issues faced by young men and women today. This refreshing novel leaves you wondering about the significance of chance encounters in your own life.
Date published: 2017-03-23

Editorial Reviews

“This debut romance by the British author playfully upends the expectation of happily ever after.”