Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Jun 11, 2010


Tall, awkward Amy feels unloved by her parents, who are too smitten with each other to pay her any attention. Along with her beautiful, fearless, and free-spirited friend Julia, Amy turns to drinking and casual sex to feel loved. After a devastating car crash leaves Julia dead and Amy only slightly injured, Amy goes into rehab. There, a therapist gives her a journal, which Amy uses to write letters to Julia, each dated with the number of days after Julia’s death. Amy recognizes the privileges of her upper-middle-class life, and both mocks and indulges her angst. Reminiscent of both John Green’s Looking for Alaska (2005) and Davida Wills Hurwin’s A Time for Dancing (1995), Scott examines the complex nature of friendship between teen girls and clearly delineates the fine line between the strong emotions of the title. More predictable than Green and less cathartic than Hurwin, Scott nevertheless offers a satisfying story of an engaging heroine successfully naming and confronting her demons. Grades 9-12.

I've read Elizabeth Scott's book Perfect You and fell in love. I had recently heard a lot about Love You Hate You Miss You and decided to read it. I had expected something as wonderful as Perfect You and I was let down.

Elizabeth Scott writes a novel about high school, best friends, true love, family, and death. Love You Hate You Miss You grabs you right from the start. You immediately want to know what exactly happened, what is the conflict with her parents, and who is Amy? The story begins to drag on though and you wonder if you'll ever find these things out. It seemed that something crucial to the story would happen and than nothing would happen for awhile.

Scott is able to create believable teen characters though and that is what kept me reading. Although it was not one of her better books, the plot was a wonderful idea. I just wish it had been conducted better.

It is not something I would read again, but I'm sure many would enjoy this book. I don't recommend reading it all in one sitting though, it may get a bit slow.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: May 26, 2009
Rating: 3.5 stars / 5 stars


  1. I liked this book a lot. I would have given it at least 4 stars...


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