ARC Review: So Glad To Meet You by Lisa Super|Lovely contemporary that left me wanting more!

This is was my January Monthly Try A Chapter Challenge book!

About the book

Published July 31st 2018 by Diversion Books

Seventeen-year-old Daphne Bowman, a bookish drama nerd in public school, might never have crossed paths with Oliver, the popular, outgoing mascot for his private school’s football team, but one event has bound them inextricably. Daphne’s older sister, Emily, and Oliver’s older brother, Jason, who were high school sweethearts, died by suicide together seven years earlier.

When Daphne uncovers Emily and Jason’s bucket list—a list comprised of their “Top Ten” places to visit before they die—she knows she has to tell someone. The one person who might actually get what she’s going through and who might not think it’s silly that she wants to complete the list, is also someone she’s never spoken to—Oliver Pagano. Throwing caution to the wind, Daphne sends Oliver a Facebook message that will come to change the course of both of their senior years—and maybe their entire lives.

Tackling grief with a wry voice and an unflinching eye, So Glad to Meet You tells the story of two people who, in searching for what they’ve lost, end up finding what they never knew they needed—each other.

“Part of me hopes they’ve had to watch our worse.”

My Thoughts

The Plot

I was really in the mood for a good emotional contemporary and I feel that this book hit the nail right on the head.

Daphne & Oliver have one thing in common. Their siblings. Daphne’s Sister, Emily and Oliver’s brother, Jason were dating when they died. Daphne discovers an artifact that the two had shared and feels that she should not keep it to herself. So she hunts down Oliver and thus begins a beautiful relationship.

The Characters

I really loved both of these characters even though they were so different in many ways. They had a ton of really meaningful conversations and were wise way beyond their years.

Daphne loved her sister but is so fearful that she will end up like her. She has a whole life to live and she literally counts down the years until she makes it past the age her sister was when she died. Her home life sucks because her parent’s became really strict after the death of Emily. Her Dad is an alcoholic and her Mom is basically non-existent in her life.

Oliver lives in his brother’s shadow and feels that his parents put Jason on this pedestal. He will never live up to their standards because Jason will have always been so good at everything. He has vowed to himself that he will not be his brother and does everything the exact opposite of Jason.

The most refreshing part of this book would have to be the friendship that the two had formed over such a tragedy. AND the road trips!!! I adore books where the characters take any type of trips to do or see something unique and meaningful.

In Conclusion

This book is a whole mess of emotions. It is about family and how everyone copes after a loss. It is about friendship and learning to forgive and work through problems and trust. It was also about love and learning to over come your fears and just go with it.

I finished this book in one day because I was so invested in these characters. I am currently on the lookout for more books like this one. If you know of any, please send them my way.

Trigger Warnings

Suicide, Sex

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