By: Kate Eberlen
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
“TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.” Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knickknack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.
Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is.
A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year-olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.
But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again. . . .
I picked up this book after seeing it on an ARC request list. I would’ve requested it but at that point I was starting to request less ARCs to focus on my own TBR pile. I had seen it again on sale around Christmas a few years ago so I decided to pick it up.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. It seemed to have all the trappings of a book I would enjoy but it quickly became a chore to read, and then I just was skimming and skipping to the end. I knew this book was going to have a real slice of life feel to it, of two people just navigating through life. But perhaps I was expecting something more heartwarming; instead this book was pretty dour, all hardship and wrestling with guilt and getting by and…it’s not very encouraging, you kind of get that enough in life, I don’t need to read about it too (and/or I’m not in the mood for that right now). There was nothing about the characters that really compelled me; I felt bad for them, but that was about it. Characters made some ugh choices, that’s life. And then for Gus and Tess to meet at the end and it’s like fate…I don’t know, it just seems like so much had happened in between that their stories were too separate that them meeting again at the end just seemed like a hurried mish-mash. I wasn’t compelled or convinced.
So in the end, I didn’t enjoy Miss You. It wasn’t compelling enough to hold my attention and appreciate and I think part of it was because I was expecting something else when I read the premise of this book.
(And at this point I think I’m going to take a break from contemporary titles as clearly I’m not feeling any of the books I have right nowon the genre)