I’ve purchased Miss You on a camping back in July. I was only there for a weekend, but I saw the book, read the synopsis and just felt like I wanted to read it. For the first time in a long time I actually bought a Dutch book, I was surprised by that haha!

I didn’t have time to read it then, because I was there with my niece (and other family) and she took up most of my time. Fast forward seven months and it finally was on the top of my to-read stack 😅

Synopsis of Miss You from Goodreads: Tess is in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever – but not in the way she expects.

Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be. 

For one day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy 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 fate, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?

My thoughts on Miss You

The negatives

I feel like lately I begin every book review with: this book was a little bit slow for me. But really, this book was also a little bit slow for me.

The synopsis sounds SO good and maybe I expected too much from it, but the beginning and the end are really the story that is interesting. The middle part takes forever. The 400+ page-story could’ve been told in 200-250 and it would have been a much better book.

I also didn’t like a lot of the characters. Together they made the book okay, but the main characters were a bit too bland.

The ending was abrupt and very very fast. Don’t know if I liked that so much, though I was happy that finally something was happening.

Also read: Book review of Behind Her Eyes

The positives

Don’t you just love fate? I certainly do, and that’s what drew me to buy this book. Throughout there are little snippets of moments that you think: Yes! They’ll meet again! But alas, it doesn’t happen until the end of the book. It gives it some sort of tension though, because after the synopsis you just know they’ll meet again.

The book was also very realistic. Though in my opinion it made it quite boring (it’s a book, there has to be some excitement), it also made it very relatable.

The love and responsibility that Tess feels for her little sister is heartwarming and heartbreaking. The longing for her mother, the absence of her father make the family very dynamic. As someone who loves a good family novel, this family was one for the books (ha!)

Gus’s family is mostly just heartbreaking. After the accident of his brother, you can just feel the tension every time there is a family thing. I always can’t understand how you can be so distanced from your family, but that makes it interesting to read.

Final rating of Miss You

Overall, the book was okay. Nothing special, nothing horrible. I give it 3/5 stars ⭐

Which book about family would you recommend?