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Miss You Paperback – 26 Jul 2016
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Witty, poignant and uplifting . . . I couldn't put it down * Sophie Kinsella * I adored this book: wildly romantic, heart-achingly sad, warmly funny and really clever. Deserves to do just as brilliantly as [One Day] -- Wendy Holden * Daily Mail * Just the thing for long Summer nights * Good Housekeeping * A fabulous piece of storytelling -- fresh, sweet and funny and extremely wise on grief and its endless ripples * Cathy Rentzenbrink * Gloriously romantic . . . One of those rare books that has you laughing and crying at the same time * Prima Magazine * If you liked One Day, you are going to love this * Essentials Magazine * Lots of books get compared to One Day and Me Before You but few pass muster. Miss You by Kate Eberlin certainly does and I'd highly recommend you make it your summer read of choice. I promise you'll be sobbing all over your sun lounger and will feel all the better for it * Stylist Magazine * I loved it -- Fanny Blake * Woman & Home * Brilliantly constructed, with wonderful characters you'll be cheering on, this romantic story is full of poignant moments, has huge heart and massive feel-good factor. Engrossing and entertaining * Sunday Mirror * My favourite book of 2016 * Veronica Henry * Funny, poignant and really rather lovely . . . Wonderfully light * Guardian * In the vein of The Versions of Us and One Day . . . Funny, sad and full of humanity * Red Magazine * Both wonderfully romantic yet also true to life. The perfect summer read * Kate Mosse * Miss You is one of those lovely, comfy duvets of a book that pulls you in and wraps itself around you. A beautifully simple idea, and a simply beautiful book * Simon Toyne * Hugely enjoyable . . . Thoroughly deserving comparison with David Nicholls' wonderful One Day (and I don't say that lightly), this is commercial fiction of the very highest order * Bookseller * Tantalising . . . What makes [Miss You] such a satisfying read is that both narratives are thoroughly satisfying in their own right, with plenty of great subplots . . . A guilty pleasure * Reader's Digest * Charming, comforting, acutely honest, [Miss You] belongs on the same shelf as One Day -- Mark Ellen If David Nicholl's novel One Day and Richard Linklater's Before Sunset films were to meet, have a brief, thrilling affair and end up producing an unexpected love child, it would be Kate Eberlen's Miss You. A warm and funny romance that will divert and delight you in equal measure * Leah McLaren * An unashamedly romantic novel, but one that also deals with the ongoing and deep-seated effects of grief. Both intricate and engrossing, its real pleasure lies in Eberlen's assured writing with its level of detail and rich characterisation. "Do you think you'll ever know what it's like to be someone else?" asks Tess. Thanks to the author's skill, that's exactly what we discover. * Daily Express *
From the Back Cover
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Tess can't get the motto from her mother's kitchen knickknack out of her head, even though she's in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.
Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he's trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is.
A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year-olds together for a brief moment--the first of many times their paths will cross as their lives diverge from those they'd envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated as they are by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.
But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again. . . .--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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Vivid descriptions of: the sights and taste and sounds of Tuscany, putting up with a sceptical drunk partner at a wedding and the feeling of sleep deprivation of a new parent ensure that the reader lives the experiences along side the characters of the story. The writing is wonderful.
At the end of the book, the reader can reach out and feel the tension in the air between the protagonists.
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This is a very engaging book where the readers are cheering for Gus and Tess throughout the book. I think this book would make a great movie and it was a book I thoroughly enjoyed.
Tess and Gus are the two protagonists who cross paths for the first time in Florence, Italy right before they are about to enter college. From this brief encounter, they have near miss meetings over the next sixteen years (1997-2013) until they finally reconnect by chance or fate depending on your belief system. In the in-between-years, life goes on with careers, jobs, relationships, marriages, children and health issues - all the usual aspects of young adulthood.
Where this novel veered off track from its promotional vibe centers on these two characters. Without giving away the storyline, Tess and Gus have both suffered major losses and their unresolved grief and guilt color their perspectives and life choices...often to their detriment. They both tend toward victimhood and I found them not very likeable and a bit one-dimensional emotionally. The rather depressing tone, coupled with the slow pace, made completing the book a challenge. The tempo did pick up toward the conclusion; unfortunately the ending was totally unrealistic for me.
I did enjoy the descriptions of the various European locales and the author does a credible job in her research of both the autism spectrum and the hereditary (genetic) basis for breast cancer.
Based on all of the above, I cannot give a strong recommendation for this book despite all the praise given by my fellow reviewers.
Tess and Gus first meet briefly in Florence as teenagers—she while on holiday with her best friend, Doll and he while on a trip with his parents who are still grieving after losing his older brother in a skiing accident. Over the next several years, both of their lives take them on journeys neither of them saw coming. Serendipitously, they almost meet again several times over many years.
For much of the novel both Tess and Gus struggle with their own identity. After losing his brother (his parent’s favorite son), he doesn’t want to disappoint them and enrolls in university to study medicine, all the while knowing that medicine isn’t the calling of his heart. Meanwhile, Tess’s plans of studying English and writing are scrapped when tragedy strikes her family and she chooses to take care of her little sister.
What this book does well is crafting two likable but flawed characters. Gus and Tess make choices along the way with which the reader may not always agree. But these seemingly poor choices take the characters on paths that bring them close to meeting but never quite do, something that can be tortuously frustrating for the reader. This novel deeply explores the idea of fate and how people come into our lives for a reason. The tension between autonomy, destiny, and fate is something that is perhaps a bit controversial but leaves room for a lot of discussion.
When I read the synopsis over a year ago (prior to the U.K. publication even), I was immediately taken by the whole “missed connection” premise. I’ve read a missed connection type of romance before that didn’t really work because the novel leaned too much on its premise and not enough on character development. I felt like this novel had really great character development, since the two characters are living completely separate lives, but still felt like it suffered from far too many coincidences.
This book is being marketed mostly as a romance. If you read the synopsis, you might think this a romance novel. I think it fits more in the women’s fiction category that it does for romance because the romance between Tess and Gus is so short in page count.
The whole novel builds to the two finally meeting, but the romance part of the novel seemed like an afterthought. Maybe if Tess and Gus had actually had a moment as teenagers to hold on to and carry their love story for nearly 400 more pages it would have worked. But here, the reader is given just a couple passing conversations with no romantic substance (or even the promise of one) and then we go on to learn about these two people separately, who go though similar journeys. When Tess and Gus meet up again, the intense romantic connection we are asked to immediately believe in felt stale and far too rushed.
If I had to rate the book as a romance, I would probably only give it 2 stars. But looking at the novel as a whole and ignoring the frustrating and short-lived love story we were given, I really liked reading about Gus and Tess’s separate lives.
I really enjoyed Anna Acton and Finlay Robertson’s performances. They really brought Tess and Gus’s characters to life. I really enjoyed both of the narrators and would recommend this audiobook.
Since I had both the ebook and the audiobook, I did notice a few discrepancies between the two versions. This book is penned by an English author, so there are some British expressions left in the audiobook that had been changed for the North American version. This wasn’t a big deal but I felt that it was important to point out in case this bothered you.
* Thank you to Harper audio and Harper books for providing me with an early copy for review.
But they do not meet – at least formally. It is a missed connection that lasts for 16 years where Tess and Gus, through the ups and downs of their separate lives, “meet” at different tangents but never connect. I fell in love with them both, crying over their heartbreaks and tragedies. Tess and Gus go through so much that by the time the final chapters come around, where the reader knows they are finally destined to truly meet, they’ve earned it. It is an instant love that isn’t actually – not with all the disappointments and trials both have had to endure to finally get their fairy tale ending.