Kate Eberlen's novel is a quick read. As light-hearted and fun as this novel is, I finished it with plenty of thoughts running through my mind.
First off, while this novel is fun, light-hearted and entertaining, there's a lot more to it than that. Tess and Gus have both been through huge losses in their lives. Gus' brother died in a skiing accident and Tess' mother died of breast cancer. Both characters struggle to go on after that.
Topics like the breast cancer gene and autism are tackled and developed accurately and realistically.
This novel left me thinking about the small choices we each make in our daily lives and how these seemingly meaningless decisions can have an impact on our future. Tess and Gus met in 1997, yet despite the fact that they were meant to be together, didn't even really connect until years later. Are all of us missing small events that could be life changing?
I didn't love Tess or Gus. Both make some pretty bad decisions - infidelity being a big turn-off for me. It made me question their character throughout the rest of the book and left me not really trusting either of them.
Sophie Kinsella's quote on the cover of Miss You talks about the many near-misses of this meant to be couple and their lives criss-crossing over the years, yet I never felt that this story was that of a couple. The chapters, which alternate between Tess and Gus seem separate, and perhaps my quick reading caused me to miss some of the near-connections.
While I didn't love this novel, I loved that it gave me things to think about and characters that caused me to feel something. Although I enjoy likable characters and happily ever afters, I also enjoy a bit of a different perspective as well, and writers who make a reader think and feel something about what they are reading. For that, Miss You does a great job.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.