Title: Bleed Like Me
Author: C. Desir
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A frightening, dark, and twisted character study about two broken teens trying to find solace in each other, I highly enjoyed Bleed Like Me--highly recommended for fans of fiction with raw relationships.
This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
The thing that endeared this book was to me was that it depicted an unhealthy relationship. I've discovered that we as humans seem to enjoy watching things fall apart, and this book was an example of that.
Amelia Gannon--just Gannon to the few friends she does have--is for the most part invisible, the lesser priority in her family ever since her parents adopted three young boys from Guatemala. The only way she feels she can handle her family's constant dysfunction is to cut. When she meets Michael Brooks--just Brooks, to her--she knows that there's something off about him, and yet, she can't help but be drawn to his dark, twisted psyche. The two fall in love, and Gannon discovers that this kind of love may not be the one she's looking for..
What I enjoyed:
-I really liked the premise of this novel, dangerous relationships and love gone wrong, because, as I said before, it's fascinating to watch a relationship evolve, and then, fall to pieces
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I was thrust into Gannon's skin with force
-Gannon, the troubled young woman so desperate for some kind of love that she finds it in exactly the wrong place--I really felt for her as the novel went on, so twisted up in Brooks's personality that she only found herself at the end of the novel
-Brooks, the boy with so many unresolved issues--I really felt for him too, even though at times he made my stomach twist--he was a really very nuanced character, and I wish the book had been a little longer, so as to learn more about him
-Ricardo, the boy who seems to be carrying quite the torch for Gannon, and tries to save her from her destructive relationship
-The ending--it was sad and terrible, but it was fitting to the story, and for Gannon's closure
What could've been better:
-I really didn't like Gannon's parents at all, they seemed too focused on their sons and their own dysfunction to deal with their daughter
-The three brothers
Overall, I really enjoyed Bleed Like Me--it was almost like looking into a funhouse mirror. Next on deck: The Unseen by Katherine Webb!