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Zoe and Hank (short for Hannah) have been inseparable since they met in elementary school. The leader of the pack, Zoe is effortlessly popular while Hank hides comfortably in her shadow. But when Zoe's parents unexpectedly divorce, Zoe's perfect facade starts cracking little by little. Sinking under the weight of her broken family, Zoe develops an eating disorder. Now she Zoe and Hank (short for Hannah) have been inseparable since they met in elementary school. The leader of the pack, Zoe is effortlessly popular while Hank hides comfortably in her shadow. But when Zoe's parents unexpectedly divorce, Zoe's perfect facade starts cracking little by little. Sinking under the weight of her broken family, Zoe develops an eating disorder. Now she must rely on Hank for help. Hank struggles to help Zoe; after all, she is used to agreeing, not leading. How can she help her best friend get better before it's too late? Written partially in letters from Zoe and mostly in narrative from Hank's perspective, Miss You Love You Hate You Bye is a poignant and eye-opening novel about friendship, mental health, and learning to put yourself first.


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Zoe and Hank (short for Hannah) have been inseparable since they met in elementary school. The leader of the pack, Zoe is effortlessly popular while Hank hides comfortably in her shadow. But when Zoe's parents unexpectedly divorce, Zoe's perfect facade starts cracking little by little. Sinking under the weight of her broken family, Zoe develops an eating disorder. Now she Zoe and Hank (short for Hannah) have been inseparable since they met in elementary school. The leader of the pack, Zoe is effortlessly popular while Hank hides comfortably in her shadow. But when Zoe's parents unexpectedly divorce, Zoe's perfect facade starts cracking little by little. Sinking under the weight of her broken family, Zoe develops an eating disorder. Now she must rely on Hank for help. Hank struggles to help Zoe; after all, she is used to agreeing, not leading. How can she help her best friend get better before it's too late? Written partially in letters from Zoe and mostly in narrative from Hank's perspective, Miss You Love You Hate You Bye is a poignant and eye-opening novel about friendship, mental health, and learning to put yourself first.

30 review for Miss You Love You Hate You Bye

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    Someone flag my review of this book because I didnt write much of a review. I apologize to inconvenience you. Please see below for my honest opinions. I cant give a star rating for this book because its just not my kind of read. I started reading Miss You, Love You, Hate You, Bye on 11/9/2019 and DNF because I figured out what the ending will be and I don't feel interested in reading it anymore. I do like that it's fast paced. I also like how well it's written in terms of the voices of both Someone flag my review of this book because I didn’t write much of a review. I apologize to inconvenience you. Please see below for my honest opinions. I can’t give a star rating for this book because it’s just not my kind of read. I started reading Miss You, Love You, Hate You, Bye on 11/9/2019 and DNF because I figured out what the ending will be and I don't feel interested in reading it anymore. I do like that it's fast paced. I also like how well it's written in terms of the voices of both characters being young. The writing is upbeat and has humor. Platonic friendship is okay to read but I guess I always liked a bit of romance underneath in a story because the read will be more cuter. 
A letter to Hank is the alternating view, told in the first person, in the future, saying that it's Hank's fault this person is now locked up in the loony bin. Hank for Hannah, in the present, telling readers about her tight friendship with Zoe. They have been inseparable since they were wee baby. Often times Hank wants to be Zoe's twin and will do absolutely everything Zoe asked of her. Then it all changes after a summer break in high school, the only summer they don't spend time together. Zoe came home with a cat and the scratches on her body are blamed at the cat. But Hank noticed the difference and started questioning. 
Miss You, Love You, Hate You, Bye is a story of friendship. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details

  2. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    DNF No rating because 1) I definitely didn't make it far enough in to justify a rating, and 2) it might just be that I'm not the right reader for this one. I really didn't enjoy the narrative voice of Hank or Zoe's sections, and Hank's obsession with Zoe (down to even saying she chose certain, er... body hair styles so she could look just like Zoe in that aspect) was super cringe-inducing and not pleasant to read. It felt like I was supposed to be reading characters in their mid- to late-teens DNF No rating because 1) I definitely didn't make it far enough in to justify a rating, and 2) it might just be that I'm not the right reader for this one. I really didn't enjoy the narrative voice of Hank or Zoe's sections, and Hank's obsession with Zoe (down to even saying she chose certain, er... body hair styles so she could look just like Zoe in that aspect) was super cringe-inducing and not pleasant to read. It felt like I was supposed to be reading characters in their mid- to late-teens but they sounded and talked like they were 11-12 years old (I had to double-check twice to make sure it wasn't a MG book). Anyways, I couldn't do it, sorry. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this finished copy in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 4 out of 5

    kav (xreadingsolacex)

    trigger warnings: eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), self-harm (cutting) - i definitely do not recommend this book if you are sensitive to these topics Miss You Hate You Love You Bye by Abby Sher is a YA contemporary about Hank and Zoe, two best friends who have been inseparable since they first met, literally. Now, though, after their first summer away from each other, Hank realizes that Zoe is not the same girl she calls her best friend. She's lost an unimaginable amount of weight, appears trigger warnings: eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), self-harm (cutting) - i definitely do not recommend this book if you are sensitive to these topics Miss You Hate You Love You Bye by Abby Sher is a YA contemporary about Hank and Zoe, two best friends who have been inseparable since they first met, literally. Now, though, after their first summer away from each other, Hank realizes that Zoe is not the same girl she calls her best friend. She's lost an unimaginable amount of weight, appears with unexplainable cuts all over, and is far more irritable than before. This story alternates in past and present, where we read chapters from Hank's point of view and short letters from Zoe's while she's in treatment. I am honestly so conflicted about this book. I cannot tell you if I liked it or didn't like it. First of all, I desperately wish this story had chapters in Zoe's point of view. It feels as though Zoe is intentionally portrayed as an unlikeable character; we only get snapshots of her POV from short letters where she also does not appear as a hero. Zoe definitely does crappy things throughout the book and I don't want to justify that, but I really wish we'd seen things from Zoe's point of view to get a well-rounded view of the realities of living with an eating disorder. My favorite parts of the book, honestly, were the short chapters in Zoe's point of view. I also found Hank's obsession with Zoe very...questionable to see the least. The way Hank aspired to be Zoe was??? so weird and unnecessary tbh??? That was probably my least favorite part of the book. That being said, I did appreciate the fact that the focal point of this novel was a friendship. I also liked the end of Hank's story arc (though I felt the book ended quite abruptly). I honestly did like Hank's story, I just didn't think that's what this story should have been about. It almost felt as though Zoe's journey didn't fit into this book, and it should have been about Hank. Or vice versa. We really got no closure in terms of Zoe's recovery, and I found that weird. I don't know, there really were parts of this story I enjoyed. I liked the honest portrayal of the uglier sides of living with an eating disorder. I liked Hank's story and I found her family dynamics really interesting. But I also felt as though there was something lacking? Or like something just didn't quite fit? I don't know y'all...I am...conflicted. disclaimer: i received an arc in exchange for an honest review. this in no way impacted my opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    (3.5 stars) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can also be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. RTC!

  6. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    3.5 STARS **minor spoilers** Zoe is the star in her relationship with best friend Hannah, nicknamed Hank. Hank realizes Zoe is on the path of a dangerous eating disorder and wonders how to help. MISS YOU LOVE YOU HATE YOU BYE is told in dual timelines with Zoes letters to Hank occurring in the present and Hank narrating what led up to Zoes hospitalization. I enjoyed Abby Shers writing style and quickly tore through the pages of this quick read. I had difficulty understanding the friendship, because 3.5 STARS **minor spoilers** Zoe is the star in her relationship with best friend Hannah, nicknamed Hank. Hank realizes Zoe is on the path of a dangerous eating disorder and wonders how to help. MISS YOU LOVE YOU HATE YOU BYE is told in dual timelines with Zoe’s letters to Hank occurring in the present and Hank narrating what led up to Zoe’s hospitalization. I enjoyed Abby Sher’s writing style and quickly tore through the pages of this quick read. I had difficulty understanding the friendship, because Zoe operated like she was having a very long manic episode and in need of medication and Hank followed her aimlessly, wondering if she should do or say something. Both teens were sympathetic, Hank more so. MISS YOU LOVE YOU HATE YOU BYE skirts along the edges of important issues, grief, mental illness, divorce, family, self-injury, anorexia, self-esteem and relationships without truly addressing them. Some were addressed through telling, not showing. I kept hoping for more depth. The friendship between the girls felt imbalanced and unhealthy. Although I don’t like non-ending endings, MISS YOU LOVE YOU HATE YOU BYE did end on a somewhat satisfactory note for me. MISS YOU LOVE YOU HATE YOU BYE left me wanting more and wondering what kind of health insurance Zoe had that allowed for such long term treatment because her parents weren’t wealthy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Brown

    Dnf 50% I really tried. I love the cover and then I read the summary and though I would like this book. The problem is the characters arent very likable. The best part is the letters that Zoe writes at the end of each chapter. I didnt even know if it was Zoe was writing them initially because them because Hannah is narrating and at the end its a letter, and I am thing is it Hannah judging herself. The first chapter is a mess. Its hard to read and confusing. It is chaotic. After thats it gets Dnf 50% I really tried. I love the cover and then I read the summary and though I would like this book. The problem is the characters aren’t very likable. The best part is the letters that Zoe writes at the end of each chapter. I didn’t even know if it was Zoe was writing them initially because them because Hannah is narrating and at the end it’s a letter, and I am thing is it Hannah judging herself. The first chapter is a mess. Its hard to read and confusing. It is chaotic. After that’s it gets better and I Think maybe I can read it but again the characters are really immature and difficult to root for. I am aware they are in high school but they are truly annoying. It’s a good subject and I see where it’s going but it’s really hard to keep reading. Maybe the book is meant to be chaotic like the lives of these two girls but I just didn’t want to continue.

  8. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    3.75 stars Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It's so refreshing to find a YA book that focuses on a strong female friendship verse a relationship. Miss You Love You Hate You has a great base friendship at the heart of the story. Hannah (Hank) and Zoe have been friends for as along as they can remember but one summer changes everything. Zoe's life is turned upside down and Hank is along for the ride. Together they test the limits of their friendship and 3.75 stars Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It's so refreshing to find a YA book that focuses on a strong female friendship verse a relationship. Miss You Love You Hate You has a great base friendship at the heart of the story. Hannah (Hank) and Zoe have been friends for as along as they can remember but one summer changes everything. Zoe's life is turned upside down and Hank is along for the ride. Together they test the limits of their friendship and how far you''ll go to help a friend. It's a beautiful story that deals with really tough topics. My biggest complaint is this story is told almost entirely from Hanks POV, I would've love to read more from Zoe's POV. She was pretty unlikeable at times and I think it would have helped to know what she was thinking. Overall, I really enjoyed it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Hannah (who goes by Hank) and Zoe have been best friends since they were little. They are both struggling with changes in their families and find different methods to cope. When Zoe's desire to control her life by controlling her weight spirals into an eating disorder her newly separated parents are too caught up in their own lives to notice. Can the Hannah (the follower) stand up to the exuberant Zoe and her parents and convince them to get Zoe the help she needs, and will their friendship Hannah (who goes by Hank) and Zoe have been best friends since they were little. They are both struggling with changes in their families and find different methods to cope. When Zoe's desire to control her life by controlling her weight spirals into an eating disorder her newly separated parents are too caught up in their own lives to notice. Can the Hannah (the follower) stand up to the exuberant Zoe and her parents and convince them to get Zoe the help she needs, and will their friendship survive? One interesting thing about this book is that we find out right away that Zoe has gotten the help that she needs. The story alternates between the current time in Hannah's perspective, and letters that Zoe is writing Hannah from the treatment facility in the future. We can see both characters grow and change. While this book can be a little heavy handed with the eating disorder messages it's still a good story and I would recommend it, especially to girls who are entering Junior high and high school so they can identify some of the signs that their friends might be struggling. -1 star for the awkward kiss that didn't really do anything for the plot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    2.5 stars. This book wasn't the worst book ever but it wasn't the best. Therefore, it's getting a half rating for me. I think this book has potential tho. Maybe just needed to be written a lil better and the character a lil different? I felt the characters acted very childish for girls in Junior year of high school. I mean obviously they should be a lil immature for their age, like most, but they acted like 12 year olds. Especially Zoe. I didnt like her. I also felt maybe the message could have 2.5 stars. This book wasn't the worst book ever but it wasn't the best. Therefore, it's getting a half rating for me. I think this book has potential tho. Maybe just needed to be written a lil better and the character a lil different? I felt the characters acted very childish for girls in Junior year of high school. I mean obviously they should be a lil immature for their age, like most, but they acted like 12 year olds. Especially Zoe. I didnt like her. I also felt maybe the message could have been portrayed better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. #GoodreadsGiveaway Hannah (aka Hank) has always been overshadowed by her best friend Zoe's outgoing personality until Zoe tries to grasp onto what little control she has left as her parents get divorced. Suddenly, Hank is faced with an impossible choice when she realizes that Zoe isn't eating and those scratches on her body may not actually be from the cat. Hank must choose to either stay quiet as she always or speak up and risk the only friendship she has. I love that this book addresses #GoodreadsGiveaway Hannah (aka Hank) has always been overshadowed by her best friend Zoe's outgoing personality until Zoe tries to grasp onto what little control she has left as her parents get divorced. Suddenly, Hank is faced with an impossible choice when she realizes that Zoe isn't eating and those scratches on her body may not actually be from the cat. Hank must choose to either stay quiet as she always or speak up and risk the only friendship she has. I love that this book addresses societal taboo subjects like eating disorders and self harm. Hank's growing internal conflicts about her best friend's situation felt very real and very relatable. Zoe's exuberant personality couple with her egocentric nature made her a complex character. My favorite features of the novel were the letters written by Zoe to Hank at the end of each chapter. They were real, raw, and showed progress of recovery as she was staying in the clinic. A powerful message relayed in these series of letters is forgiveness which is a key theme in this novel. Overall, the writing itself didn't engage me as much as I would have liked. I wish there would have been more in Zoe's POV because I often got annoyed with her and wondered about her perspective. It would have been interesting to learn more about the extent of Zoe's recovery of her health and friendship with Hank. There was a lot of information provided about Hank's past but it didn't feel like it fit in with her current situation with Zoe. There were a couple of points in the novel where Hank's obsession with Zoe made me a little weirded out. All of that being said, there were many aspects of this book I loved and many that I didn't like. This accounts for my 3 star average rating. Kudos to the author for shedding some light on eating disorders and self harm and entangling them into a complex friendship.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ginger (Sproutygamer)

    Trigger Warnings: self harm, anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders, self harm, divorce Do not read this book if any of the above triggers you. This book is about a girl watching her friend self destruct and not jniwing how to handle it or what to do. There are 2 perspectives. Hannah in real time. Zoe in the future with letters from treatment. I enjoyed this as much as you canI think it is a much needed book about how hard it is knowing you might lose a friend, doing the right thing to save their Trigger Warnings: self harm, anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders, self harm, divorce Do not read this book if any of the above triggers you. This book is about a girl watching her friend self destruct and not jniwing how to handle it or what to do. There are 2 perspectives. Hannah in real time. Zoe in the future with letters from treatment. I enjoyed this as much as you canI think it is a much needed book about how hard it is knowing you might lose a friend, doing the right thing to save their lives. Also about finding yourself wheb you are absorbed into another's friendship.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book had sensitive topic on eating disorder. I liked the story and the characters in it. It was a face pace read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    TJL

    Boring and off-topic. The book was a hot mess of different details and events, and they're not connected very well. Zoe was annoying as shit.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)

    It took me 3 times to finally deep dive into the book. The narratives didnt work well with me. :( It took me 3 times to finally deep dive into the book. The narratives didn’t work well with me. :(

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tabby

    I for some reason had thought I heard about this on a list of romances, so this was NOT what I expected at all but it was a moving look at eating disorders and untangling twisted relationships.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jillyn

    I wanted to like this book. I really did. I think books on young adult mental health are so, so important. But this one fell flat for me and I was left disappointed. The book is written in almost duel perspective. It's 90% from the main character, Hannah's, point of view. Every so often there's a letter written by Zoe to break things up. While I understand why it's written from both sides, I didn't care for the letters aspect and would have just preferred duel POVs as things were actually I wanted to like this book. I really did. I think books on young adult mental health are so, so important. But this one fell flat for me and I was left disappointed. The book is written in almost duel perspective. It's 90% from the main character, Hannah's, point of view. Every so often there's a letter written by Zoe to break things up. While I understand why it's written from both sides, I didn't care for the letters aspect and would have just preferred duel POVs as things were actually happening. Because of the letters, we start right off the bat knowing what Zoe's fate is. We know she's in a hospital/treatment center. We know she's mad at Hannah, and we know that ultimately, she's okay. Because of this, it made me less interested in the story from the get-go, because I had the resolution before I even know the story. I didn't care for either character. Zoe is manic and struggling and a hot mess. She's dealing with a lot- ADHD, learning problems, her parents' divorce, her eating disorder. But we never really get too much of her side of why she's acting this way. Then there's Hannah, who has a complete do nothing attitude about almost everything in her life. She does whatever Zoe tells her to, always. That's all of her personality, even according to her: she's Hannah's friend. She notices eating habits but doesn't say anything. She is unhappy but doesn't say anything. She is negative about everything. She's rude AF to her mom's boyfriend even though he's nice and kind and her mom is happy (which she resents, even though she admits he's nice) and it has been years. Even her mom eventually calls her on the fact that she's like this, which I appreciated. Both of their inner voices felt like they were done in "adult" voices (Hannah uses words like "hirsute" in her head, for example) but their out-loud dialogue sounded like middle school- very "OMG like cringe". They're high schoolers. This back and forth of writing style/voice was a bit jarring in places. I wish the book would have been more about Zoe. She's the one with the disorder and struggling and yet she's not really what the book is about. I appreciate that some aspects of eating disorders and mental health and self-harm were realistically portrayed in all their ugliness. It's not all therapy and sadness, it can be mania and spiraling out. But I just found myself bored, uninterested, and wanting it to be over. There's so much happening but so little of it gets closure. It feels disconnected and almost random. I really like that this book is about platonic friendship. There's no romance component (albeit a kiss that felt forced and unnecessary for the plot), it's just a story about friendship and I think there should be more of that. I also think the cover is super cute, but, obviously that has nothing to do with the plot. I think there is a need and a space for YA books about hard topics like this. But I also think that there a lot of books already out there that cover them better than this book does. If it relates to one person, or helps someone find courage to talk to someone, than this book will have been worth writing. But I am not that person, and this book wasn't for me. Be warned, this book contains drug use, eating disorders, self-harm, and other topics that might be tough to read for some people.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diana

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  26. 4 out of 5

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