REVIEW: Miss You - Kate Eberlen


Think romance without being cheesy, love without being soppy, and friendship without being flawless. That is what Kate Eberlen has achieved in her novel Miss You, due for release this August.

Tess and Gus are 18 year olds in Italy. Despite bumping into each other once or twice, they don't know one other, they are travelling for entirely opposite reasons and they go on to lead drastically different lives. We follow each of them in alternating chapters through their rollercoaster journeys, as they so nearly bump into one another time and time again. While this style of story can often seem overly coincidental, Miss You found the charming balance of  fate and realism.

As a fan of David Nicholls' One Day, I was thrilled to read the split perspectives of Tess and Gus. As characters, they couldn't have been more distinct and as two halves to one story, they couldn't have been more suitable. Tess seemed to have everything happen to her in life - and of that, most of it was tragic. For Gus, he never seemed to go after exactly what it was that he wanted despite being in an advantageous position to do so. In a way, I resented how Tess was stuck with a pretty rubbish lot but the way she responded to it so optimistically was wonderfully surprising. The pair both experience similar emotions and situations, as any two people do in life, and are paralleled beautifully.

Further praise is due to Kate Eberlen for her fully fleshed backstories. So many authors disregard the families of their protagonists and the friends and acquaintances that shape them as people - especially those that are key to the plot. In Miss You, it's integral to get on board with Tess and Dolly's unconditional friendship and the influence Tess's mum had on her life. Likewise, Gus's brother Ross plays a major role in Gus's behaviour in adult life. It's undeniable how crucial these characters are and I have to say, I felt like I fully knew them. You could throw me into the world of Miss You today and I'd be able to fit right in.

As both tragic and comic, awkward and confident, Miss You manages to capture everything. If you're not looking for a cliché love story and instead want something more genuine, Miss You is ideal. It  covers some huge issues aside from love - from terminal illness to mental conditions - and is bound to relate to every reader.

Personally, I'm really excited for the release of Miss You. I can't wait to hear all your thoughts! You can pre-order your copy here.

Love, Jess

I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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