Review: Bleed Like Me by C. Desir

Posted October 19, 2016 by Ashley Darnell in Book Review / 1 Comment

Review: Bleed Like Me by C. DesirBleed Like Me by Christa Desir
Published by Simon Pulse on October 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Social Issues
Pages: 278
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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From the author of Fault 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 ultimate test.
Bleed Like Me is a piercing, intimate portrayal of the danger of a love so obsessive it becomes its own biggest threat.

I have to admit, when I first started reading this book, I had no idea where it was heading. It had a lot of ups and downs throughout, but was overall a decent read. Bleed Like Me is a modern day Romeo and Juliet style love story.

There was a lot to take in at once, the scene was set but it felt very unorganized. While reading I noticed the romance was rushed, but I tried to keep in mind that it’s about irrational teenagers and hoped it would make more sense at the end. Unfortunately the ending was even more hurried, like the author wanted to get the book over with. Because of this a few situations just didn’t seem believable to me.

It deals with a lot of mental health issues, and for the most part was very believable. Portraying a character with these types of problems can be a hit or a miss, and Desir hit hard. Gannon’s responses are appropriate, and you can understand her emotions in almost every situation. There was a lot of growth in her character, and it helped make up for what the book was lacking.

Overall, it was a good book. There were a few unanswered questions, but it still had a sense of closure that leaves you with an “eh, this is good enough” impression.  I would recommend it at the end of the day, but I don’t see myself rereading it.

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About Ashley Darnell

I’m a 20 year old psychology major from Austin, Texas. I love the arts, music is my thing. I’m constantly reading and finding inspiration in the things I chose to take in. I hope to one day write a book of my own!

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