Monday, July 6, 2009

Love You, Hate You, Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Scott, Elizabeth Love You Hate You Miss You pgs. 288 HarperTeen Language~R, Sexual Content~PG-13; Violence~PG

Guilt. It is something that we all accept and take freely from others and situations. Guilt can be detrimental to many of us. For Amy it is all she can think about. While in the car with her best friend they swerve off the road and end up in a fatal accident, only amy survives. To compound the situation, Amy is an alcoholic. When we first meet Amy she is being released from a rehab clinic where she has become sober. Love You, Hate You, Miss You is a story of one girl’s recovery from alcohol. . .yes. . . but also from guilt. This poignant story is a welcome discussion of life after rehab and all the challenges that come as you start to live your life again. Nicely done!

The swearing in this novel make it inappropriate for most conservative schools. The ‘f’ word is used frequently and other swears as well. The characters are also frequently found in sexual situations that would be inappropriate for most school libraries. This is a MUST for public libraries where the collection development rules are not so strict.

HS –NO / PUBLIC Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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