Book Review | You Are Not Here

Title: You Are Not Here

Author: Samantha Schutz

My Review:

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz revolves around the experiences of a teenage girl named Annaleah. Annaleah believes she has found the love of her life in a boy named Brian. When Brian dies suddenly, Annaleah is left to try and put the pieces of her life back together.

Through this stream-of-consciousness poetic style, Annaleah begins to reflect on her relationship with Brian (including the cracks in their relationship which realizes, over time, are more like chasms) and the other issues in her life that she has suppressed and ignored as she deals with her grief. Annaleah has to determine how she can go on with her life and face the reality of her relationship with Brian once she has overcome how she has romanticized and glossed over the reality of the situation.

You Are Not Here is often raw in its pain and emotion but the novel ultimately offers hope as Annaleah leans how to deal with Brian’s untimely death and the issues for which she will never truly receive closure. She learns how she can carry on with her own life. It is a vivid first person account of the grieving process and is an excellent both for both teens and adults alike.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


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