I’m sorry, but this book was terrible. Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir was recommended to me by a Teen who described it as “a book full of drama”, but I just found it to be unrealistic, unnecessarily morose, and frankly very annoying. Reviewers described it as “edgy and heartbreaking”, and although it is slightly sad at the end: it is not edgy.
“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.”
Gannon thinks that she cannot share her feelings or depression with anyone in her life. She thinks she is too good to share with her best friend. She resents her parents so much that she doesn’t accept any love they send her way and she irrationally latches onto a boy that she KNOWS is evil and throws EVERYTHING IN HER LIFE AWAY for him. I’m sorry but this book has no redeeming qualities except something to read when you need to feel better about your own life/decisions. That is all.