Bleed Like Me
Author: Christa Desir
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 3 Stars
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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
Bleed Like Me is a piercing, intimate portrayal of the danger of a
love so obsessive it becomes its own biggest threat.
an intense story of pain and depression and how it can lead people to do some
pretty disturbing things. This book is not for the faint of heart. Some of it
is very graphic so I’m warning you now. If you’re squeamish, this book may make
you uncomfortable. There were parts when I was cringing.
is an important story. We follow a young girl, Gannon, who was an only child
for years until her family decided to adopt 3 boys off the streets of Guatemala
City. These boys are a handful to say the least. They rebel constantly, doing
some pretty nasty things, including one thing that almost made me put the book
down. Spoiler alert (highlight to read): There is a part in the book where the
boys kill a kitten on purpose. There aren’t consequences for it.
This part just really turned me off and I wondered if it was really necessary
to the story.
character’s story interesting. She’s so broken inside, so torn up about her
parents basically abandoning her. It was hard for me to read about, because I
saw a lot of a person I’m close to in Gannon which of course scared me. Her
relationship with Brooks was so unhealthy. I had a bad case of Big Sister Syndrome
where I just wanted to reach into the book and smack her. I wanted to flick
Brooks off the pages because he was so clearly bad for her. He was possessive,
insensitive and really just an all-around jerk. But with Gannon’s mental state,
I could see how she was attracted to him and how she let herself get caught in
train wreck that you want to look away from, but can’t. It’s a bloody, gory
mess of emotions and people and feelings. My one problem with it was that I
never really felt those feelings. Maybe I separated myself from it because of
how closely I could relate to it. I think other people will connect and be
sobbing their eyes out over Gannon. But I just never really got there. I also
thought the ending was a bit ambiguous and wanted a bit more closure. But for the
most part, this was a powerful book that I would recommend to people interested
in mental health or someone looking for an emotional, realistic read.