Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
A darkly comic and heartbreakingly honest YA novel about finding the courage to help a friend who can’t stop hurting herself.
Zoe and Hank (short for Hannah) have been inseparable since they met in elementary school. The leader of the pack, Zoe is effortlessly popular while Hank hides comfortably in her shadow. But when Zoe’s parents unexpectedly divorce, Zoe’s perfect facade starts cracking little by little. Sinking under the weight of her broken family, Zoe develops an eating disorder. Now she must rely on Hank for help.
Hank struggles to help Zoe; after all, she is used to agreeing, not leading. How can she help her best friend get better before it’s too late?
Written partially in letters from Zoe and mostly in narrative from Hank’s perspective, Abby Sher’s Miss You Love You Hate You Bye is a poignant and eye-opening novel about friendship, mental health, and learning to put yourself first.
About: Miss You, Love You, Hate You, Bye is a young adult contemporary written by Abby Sher. It will be published on 2/18/2020 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 304 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 12 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, “Farrar, Straus and Giroux was founded in 1946. Farrar, Straus and Giroux authors have won extraordinary acclaim over the years, including numerous National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and twenty-one Nobel Prizes in Literature.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Miss You, Love You, Hate You, Bye on 11/9/2019 and DNF because I figured out what the ending will be and I don’t feel interested in reading it anymore. I do like that it’s fast paced. I also like how well it’s written in terms of the voices of both characters being young. The writing is upbeat and has humor. Platonic friendship is okay to read but I guess I always liked a bit of romance underneath in a story because the read will be more cuter.
A letter to Hank is the alternating view, told in the first person, in the future, saying that it’s Hank’s fault this person is now locked up in the loony bin. Hank for Hannah, in the present, telling readers about her tight friendship with Zoe. They have been inseparable since they were wee baby. Often times Hank wants to be Zoe’s twin and will do absolutely everything Zoe asked of her. Then it all changes after a summer break in high school, the only summer they don’t spend time together. Zoe came home with a cat and the scratches on her body are blamed at the cat. But Hank noticed the difference and started questioning.
Miss You, Love You, Hate You, Bye is a story of friendship.
About the Author:
Abby Sher is a writer and performer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Self, Jane, Elle, and more. She is also the author of All the Ways the World Can End (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers), Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying, and Kissing Snowflakes. One of her essays has recently been optioned by Amazon for a television series. Abby has written and performed for The Second City, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, HBO and NPR. She is currently a co-producer of the Chucklepatch Comedy Show and she lives in New Jersey with her family. (Photo obtained from Franckgoldberg.net and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.