Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
(HarperTeen, Hardcover, May 2009)
Seventy-five days ago, Amy's best friend Julia died. Amy knows that she is the reason Julia died and the guilt is eating away at her. Her parents were never interested in her and so Amy turned to Julia and binge drinking. Now just weeks after Julia's death, Amy must face a new school year alone. The only think that connects her to Julia are the letters that she writes in a secret journal.
I was completely blown away by Love You Hate You Miss You. Elizabeth Scott's books are all great (read them if you haven't!), but this one really showcases Scott's writing abilities. At turns dark, witty, and heartbreaking, Love You Hate You Miss You tackles some serious issues in a believable voice. The details surrounding Julia's death are divulged slowly and it becomes easy to see why Amy blames herself. Amy's letters to Julia reveal a girl drowning in self-doubts but still strong at her core. Amy is a sarcastic, unsure heroine and her story is captivating from beginning to end.