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Miss You by Kate Eberlen

Miss You

by Kate Eberlen

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I can relate to the sincere response some readers have to this book - the structure and segments felt a little too tidily contrived to me and a few big loose ends and a couple tiny ones felt too offhandedly tied up or ignored inspire of the investment in the setups - all that aside it IS a book that draws you in regardless of how likeable you find the protagonists . ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
At eighteen, Tess Costello and Gus MacDonald both face obstacles that threaten their future happiness. After her mother passes away at a relatively young age, Tess is left with an ineffectual father and a special needs sister, four-year-old Hope. The child frequently and loudly acts out in public. Gus, who is guilt-ridden after his older brother dies in an accident, reluctantly applies to medical school to appease his grief-stricken parents. Tess and Gus meet briefly now and then, but their lives take different trajectories. They each enter into relationships with high expectations, but the joy they seek seems to be just out of reach.

"Miss You," by Kate Eberlen, spans sixteen years, from 1997 to 2013, with Tess and Gus telling their stories in alternating chapters. We learn about their childhoods, parents, siblings, and friends. In addition, we observe them dealing with adversity, dreaming of careers in the arts and literature, and trying to find the one person who will accept and understand them. Eberlen depicts Tess and Gus as flawed but sincere individuals who pay dearly for their missteps on the road to maturity. We also encounter other memorable characters, including Tess's best friend, Doll, an attractive young woman with a knack for getting what she wants. Meanwhile, Gus is attracted to Lucy, a pretty and good-hearted classmate whom he meets in medical school.

Eberlen explores the unexpected detours that Gus, Tess, and others take during the course of the novel. She also thoughtfully deals with a number of grim issues: autism, cancer, divorce, bereavement, and adultery. Fortunately, there are welcome passages of humor that offset the scenes of heartbreak, and the author delights us with mini-travelogues of Tuscany and mouth-watering descriptions of deliciously prepared food. "Miss You" is poignant, heartfelt, and engrossing, but it is weakened by a clich̩-ridden and predictable conclusion. Still, "Miss You" is an ambitious and compelling work of fiction about dashed prospects, the futility of regret, the value of forgiveness, and life's bittersweet irony.
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  booklover915 | Oct 9, 2018 |
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A great story! I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to reading more of this authors work in future. I received a copy of Miss You from Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  Devlindusty | Aug 27, 2018 |
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This was such a great read....I loved the story, characters and how the story was woven together. I could not put the book down! The author did a wonderful job telling the story of Tess and Gus, beginning when they are both just eighteen years old. The book continues through their young lives and through the many chance encounters or near encounters they have through the next several years. While they both suffer loss, heartbreak and career challenges, we get to see how they each find their ways on the path to happiness.

As an Early Reviewer, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Carrie88 | Aug 21, 2018 |
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I really enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and interesting--keeping the story moving. Gus and Tess are realistic characters with paths that are parallel but yet they never intersect. The book follows their journey over 13 years with all of the joy, struggle and grief for each. The story is relatable on so many layers that it is hard to put down. All along as a reader you are rooting for the two characters to get together. While it is somewhat of a romance, it is so much more. Without giving away the story, I can definitely recommend this summer read.

Reader received a complimentary copy from Library Thing Early Reviewers ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062460226, Hardcover)

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….

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"In the tradition of ONE DAY, a wryly romantic debut 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"--

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