Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on Love Me or Miss Me by Dream Jordan. The book actually contain two stories: Hot Girl and Bad Boy. Before we get into it I encourage you to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also make sure you follow my blog that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
Kate is a fourteen year old foster kid who’s best friend is away for the summer. During that time, she befriends the “it girl” of the neighborhood and quickly falls under her influence which causes Kate to make bad decisions. Fast forward, a year later, Kate is forced into a group home and eventually meets Percy where she ends up in an abusive relationship.
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First things first, I fell in love with this book from the first page. Mainly because of the language. The black community has such a vast and colorful language and when I read it in this book I immediately found it relatable. The vernacular made me feel like I wasn’t reading the story of a stranger but that of just another homegirl.
The book did not unfold like I imagined it would. I imagined that Kate was 17 (17 is always the magic age for me) and after she befriends that “it girl” she starts neglecting her friend once the school year rolls around. Then she ends up with Percy who beats on her and she has a hard time getting out of the relationship. Well…it didn’t quite go down like that.
Kate is 14 going on 15 when she meets Naleejah is also 14 but acts like a grown woman. Even though she lives in a run-down house with neglectful parents she has men who buys her clothes and jewelry and purses whenever she wants. Pretty much she’s acting bougie. She also brags about how she’s always “getting some” and she tries to convince Kate to sleep with a man she hardly knows in order to gain experience in order to satisfy her crush. Chile….this girl is only 14! Every chapter I had to through my hands up in exasperation because this girl was getting on my nerves. But I will admit that even though I personally have never been in this type of situation before I know girls who have been. When you are 13, 14 years old you think you know everything (you don’t) and you think it’s cute when guys who are 18, 19, 20, 21 years old are trying to holla at you (it’s not). That’s another reason why I found this book so relatable because growing up I have seen girls act this way. However, we do get a peek into Naleejah’s home life and from that perspective we get a reason as to why she does what she does. As I said before, her parents are neglectful and I think Naleejah was just looking for love in the wrong places. Ironically, Kate faces a similar situation when she meets Percy. What was also interesting to me was that Kate was somewhat judging Naleejah for her taste in men but Kate wasn’t all that better when it came to Percy but I’ll get into that later. Even though Kate and Naleejah had a rocky friendship I do like how Naleejah helped Kate gain confidence in herself. I also liked how Kate stayed true to herself no matter what and kept it real when it mattered.
Now…Percy. As I said earlier, Kate unfortunately could not stay with her foster parents and then she meets Percy who immediately sweeps her off her feet. But as time goes on he pretty much starts becoming more controlling and paranoid and starts gaslighting Kate. And of course Kate kept giving him chance after chance because he does a lot of nice things for her and she felt wanted. Similar to Naleejah when it comes to men as I stated earlier. Similarly, Kate tried to school Naleejah on her relationships with men but of course the girl paid Kate no mind just like when Kate’s friend Felicia tried to school Kate on her relationship with Percy. And once again Kate could not see past the ugly side of Percy because she was in love. What’s funny is that you as the reader see all the signs of the abuse and you are yelling at the character in frustration (at least that’s what I was doing) because you’re on the outside looking in. You tell yourself “that could never be me”. But when a situation like that hits close to home you’re blinded.
What I didn’t like about the book was that at the end her friend/crush Charles kept trying to get with her. In the first book him and Kate started to have a relationship and he did something foul. Although she forgave him she didn’t forget it. Since then he’s claimed he’s a different person and that the two of them we meant to be together. Even after her relationship with Percy ended he still tried to put the moves on her. I felt as though the author should’ve had Charles respected her space a little more.
I really really liked this book mostly because I could relate to it. It also has great pacing and I breezed through it pretty quickly.
Overall, I give it a 4/5!
Until next time!
P.S. If you or anybody you know is in an abusive relationship please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1– 800-799-7233 or any other abuse hotline.