- Publisher: Simon Pulse
- Publication date: 10/7/2014
- Source: eArc provided by the publisher for review
From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy-like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.
Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just "Gannon" to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers-even her best friend, who is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding. Some days the only way Gannon knows she is real is by carving bloody lines into the flesh of her stomach.
Then she meets Michael Brooks, and for the first time, she feels like she is being seen to the core of her being. Obnoxious, controlling, damaged, and addictive, he inserts himself into her life until all her scars are exposed. Each moment together is a passionate, painful relief.
But as the relationship deepens, Gannon starts to feel as if she's standing at the foot of a dam about to burst. She's given up everything and everyone in her life for him, but somehow nothing is enough for Brooks-until he poses the ultimate test.
Bleed Like Me is a piercing, intimate portrayal of the danger of a love so obsessive it becomes its own biggest threat.
I will start off by saying that this book was a bit disturbing. In a sad way. It's obvious that this book is about self destructive behavior, but it run deep. I found myself so angry with Gannon's parents because honestly, to me, most of the fault of the things that happen fall on them. I hurt for Gannon. I really did feel bad for Gannon, but I couldn't make myself like him. He was totally creepy no matter how sweet he could be at times. I will get back to that when I talk about their relationship though. I despised her parents because they really pretty much failed at being good parents. Harsh I know, but if you read it I think you will agree.
Gannon is a very hurt girl. She lives in chaos and tries to be invisible. Her parents are to frazzled and busy with her three adopted brothers so she gets ignored or is expected to do more than she should have to. To escape the pain of not feeling loved, and the pressures of her family, she cuts to feel something. Relief or a release of stress. She knows it's wrong, but it's one of the only things that makes her feel better. When she meets Brooks, she quickly becomes obsessed with how she feels with him. It's sad that she is down such a destructive path, but there is nobody there to help her, to hear her, to treat her the way she deserves. Not that Brooks doesn't care, but he is even worse off than she is. Okay, so she does have a few people who care, but they want what is best for her and she doesn't see that. She feels like they are intruding and have no right to.
The relationship between her and Brooks is like nails on a chalkboard. Right away before they even know each other he acts possessive of her. Then when they do actually become an item, it's even worse. He is sweet to her, but in a creepy and controlling way. He is just as obsessed with her as she is with him, probably more. He makes her feel bad if he doesn't come first to her at all times, but then will apologize and say he gets like that because he loves her and needs her. It's a very unhealthy relationship. They both know that they can't continue the way things are, but keep holding on to the thought that all they need is each other.
This book is tragic in so many ways. The lack of parenting, the downward spiral the characters are on, and the way things end up. This is not a story with a happily ever after. It's a realistic story about issues that many people go through. The ending shows that there is still a long road ahead. This was hard to read at times because of the situations that happen. I never felt a character connection, but I was still able to get the emotional impact from the story. If you like gritty issue books, this is definitely one to read.
* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.