So Glad To Meet You
Author: Lisa Super
Published: July 31, 2018 by Diversion Books
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary
Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?
So Glad To Meet You
Trigger Warning: Suicide
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, committed 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.
Lisa Super is a brunch enthusiast based in Los Angeles. She’s worked on a number of TV shows. While every day in LA is an adventure, traveling with her husband across the globe is her favorite hobby. So Glad To Meet You is her first novel.
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Grieve, friendship and love
The story of So Glad To Meet You starts with Daphne, a 17-year old girl, who uncovers a bucket list that belonged to her sister, Emily, and her boyfriend, Jason. Daphne feels a bit shocked when she finds the note with 10 items on it. Emily and Jason committed suicide together 7 years earlier. Daphne decides that completing the bucket list will help her find some kind of closure, but she doesn’t want to do this alone. She needs someone who understands what she has gone through for the last 7 years, so she reaches out to Oliver, Jason’s brother.
The chapters of So Glad To Meet You follow the bucket list. For example there is a chapter called ‘The Great Wall of China’, which is number 1 on the list. The story is built around Daphne and Oliver trying to complete the bucket list in a very creative way.
Daphne and Oliver are very different characters. Daphne is an eccentric and confident girl, Oliver is the typical popular guy and a bit of a womanizer. I thought Daphne was a likeable character and I could relate to her. Oliver.. There were some parts in the book where I just couldn’t stand him. He has an attitude and he is pretty emotionally detached. But Lisa Super did do an amazing job in explaining why Oliver acts the way he does.
The story is about two teenagers dealing with loss, grieve, acceptance, friendship and love. The characters in the book (Oliver, Daphne and their parents) all deal with the loss of Emily and Jason in their own way. The subject of suicide is heavy and difficult, but I think the book dealt with it in a respectful way.
Still.. I felt a bit unsatisfied after finishing So Glad To Meet You. The story soon became more of a contemporary romance novel. Nothing wrong with that, but I expected and hoped for something else. There are some short flashbacks to Emily and Jason’s story and I would have liked to read more about them and their part of the story. The ending wasn’t what I hoped for either.. And that’s why I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. It’s a wonderful and fast read, it just wasn’t what I expected it to be.
3 out of 5 stars.
Do you have a bucket list?