Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bleed Like Me by C. Desir | Book Review

Bleed Like Me by C. Desir 
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Reading Group Rating: Sensitive Subject Matter (drugs and cutting)

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: 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.

Cover: The cover of this novel shows a heart bleeding into another.  The blood refers to the cutting that occurs in the novel and the hearts represent love.  After reading the novel you may be able to think of the cover as asking whether or not you would bleed for the one you love or how far are you willing to go?  That seems to be a theme in C. Desir's books.

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My Review: Again, C. Desir gives us a book that makes us think about ourselves and can spur great discussions.  If Gannon didn't feel completely invisible to the world would she have ended up cutting herself and running away with Brooks?  But at the same time it seems like she isolated herself.  She was afraid to have friends because she was afraid to bring them to her house.  The thing is, if you become friends with someone you can explain to them that your house isn't the hang out house because your little brothers are crazy and honestly, a real friend won't care.  You guys will figure out another place to spend time.  It's important to be honest with your friends, but also your family.  If you feel like you need more time to be with your parents, or just be noticed by them, make it known.  It's important to be happy in life and your loved ones should understand that, it should never get to the point where you have to hurt yourself to feel something.  Cutting is a serious issue and if that is something you are doing or contemplating, you need to find someone to confide in.  There is always someone who is willing to listen to you, I promise.  This novel deals with so many topics: family, lack of friends, self-harm, drugs, obsession, addiction.  All very serious issues that we all have different opinions of.  I think C. Desir does a fantastic job of showing how they can all go hand in hand and quickly escalate into a very bad situation.  Bleed Like Me is the perfect book to exemplify the "it can't happen to me attitude" that I think any young adult can learn something from.   

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