I picked up this book a couple months ago after seeing it recommended in a magazine for fans of One Day.
I really love romance books that take into account fate or almost-meeting moments, so I was really excited to start reading this story. The cover is really sweet too; it’s basic but drew me in.
The blurb on the back reads –
Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven’t met properly yet. And perhaps they never will . . .
Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even though she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university.
Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence – and, for one day, the paths of these two eighteen-year-olds will criss-cross before they each return to England.
Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?
This book was an interesting read, following the characters of Gus and Tess over the span of sixteen years. What I found most interesting was that they actually sort of meet at the beginning of the book, so already it’s not a case that they haven’t met properly yet. Still, this made it kind of romantic and I loved the overall idea that they (spoiler alert) came together years and years later with a lifetime apart.
The whole story is filled with what-if’s and too-close moments which had me re-reading over and over again. Some chances where they almost met didn’t even register to me at first, so I’ll likely be giving this book another read. It’s bittersweet in a way; they’re destined to be together and almost meet by fate so many times, but still manage to spend so long apart. It almost makes you wish they met/got together sooner so they would have had all those years together.
The characters of Gus and Tess were really likeable and relatable and I really loved that even Gus’s character had tons of depth. A lot of the time in romance novels, the male lead isn’t focused on as much, even when stories are in the same One Day style as this one, so that was refreshing. Although some of both Tess’s and Gus’s actions and decisions were questionable, the whole story overall was realistic and had a lot of lessons behind it.
I was sad there wasn’t more story of them together, so essentially this is a story about each of their lives as opposed to a love story. The story actually reminded me a lot of Love, Rosie too – and of course, One Day – but to sum up, I’d probably say Miss You is just that more favourable to me than Love, Rosie, but not quite up there with One Day. The story definitely moved me though and I found myself in tears on a number of occasions, especially when reading the storyline regarding Tess and her mother’s illness.
So to conclude, the only negatives to this book are that I’d have liked to have read more about the romance between Tess and Gus – or at least their lives after they finally got together – and the fact that though this story was extremely well written, as a whole it has been done before and isn’t too dissimilar to books such as One Day and Love, Rosie.
But Miss You is really moving and heartwarming overall and will definitely make you believe in fate if you don’t already.
I’m excited to read Miss You once more, as I feel there are a few more ‘almost moments’ to be picked up on. Overall I’d recommend this story for anyone looking for a romance summer read that has just that bit more depth than your average chick-lit story.
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