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Just Like That

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  1,337 ratings  ·  153 reviews
When Hanna breaks up with her boyfriend of almost a year, she knows she's supposed to feel...something. Liberated, maybe? Sad? Instead, there's only one thing she feels for certain: She's in for a pretty dull winter. Well, there is her job in the swimwear department. What better way to spend her time than watching strangers squeeze into bikinis?

But then, in an instant, eve
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published May 19th 2005 by dial
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Trici Candelario
I just finished reading the book titled just like that by Marsha Qualey. A fiction book about a young girl's life and how everything in her life can change just like that. The main character is a girl named Hannah who's life changes after she learns a secret that caused a terrible accident.
This book is based on her life and the things that she goes through after the accident. Not only does her life change, but she changes a different person's life as well, a boy named will. She meets will aft
Jay H
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Isn't that cover wonderful? How could we get a bad story from that? Well it happened. I actually was really into it in the beginning, but it seemed too dramatic. Can't say I could really relate to the main character. I actually would have rather read a book about Will's sister. I bet that would have been interesting.
The title is very fitting though, because before Hanna knows it things change instantly, which is how most things are. There is this sort of twist in it that really didn't set well
it was ok. really. but the way marsha qualey wrote it, it was not ok. it was poorly written. you don't know what the characters were talking about and why all of a sudden, a character is talking to this one when they barely knew each other. I felt lost while reading this. But then again, I pushed through the feeling and found some answers on few pages ahead. Just continue reading I told myself and bam, the answers were there.
I was deeply engaged by the protagonist of this one. Hanna deals with her world through her paints, her pencils, her crayons. She's prickly and sensitive and awkward. I liked her a lot, and was grateful for the last chapter. The plot's complex and interesting, the characters quirky and real. I want to read everything Marsh Qualey ever wrote, right away.
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alexa by: Jaymee
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

The premise of this book seemed interesting - but I found that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

I did come to semi-appreciate our MC, Hanna, who is experiencing an incredible amount of change in her life. Qualey managed to convey most of the reactions and emotions that one would feel in Hanna's place quite accurately. I felt quite compassionate for her during some of the more crazy scenarios that occurred; there were also times however
Krystle May
Apr 20, 2010 Krystle May rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Krystle May by: School Library
It surprised me how much I loved this book. Sure, the preview intrigued me, thus I took it out of my library, but there was so much more to the story. I loved how this had so many elements to it that just smoothly transitioned into each other, considering things happened 'just like that.' This book is about love, friendship, betrayal, tragety, laws, passion, and so much more. This isn't just a story of a girl, it's a story of Hanna's life! She was so much more than 'just another character,' she ...more

I bought the paperback copy of this book and started reading it while I was at the office. My co-worker took off the thin plastic covering, thumbed through the pages and handed the book back to me. I noticed something different as soon as I touched it. The texture of the cover felt funny. It wasn't glossy like most book covers usually are but it wasn't exactly matte either. It felt kinda fuzzy. Do you know how it feels when you run your hands over a dusty table top? It sort of felt like that and
Nov 10, 2008 Lily rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls
This book had an intriguing take on the involvment of art in an ordinary girl's life. Feeling like a scapegoat in an extremely awful incident that might have been somewhat avoidable, art is her only reprieve.
I think art was an interesting symbol to use to display a sense of belonging in a teenager's life. Feeling responsible for the deaths of two young people and carrying the burden of the secrets of the last moments of their lives is a hard thing to do.
This kind of concept reminds me of someth
Whenever I hear someone say "Twilight is the worst book I've ever read!", I always look that them with envy. If only I had such a blessed life as that, that in all the books I've ever read for Twilight to be worse of them. Sadly, Twilight looks like fine, classic literature in comparison to this book.

The plot makes absolutely no sense, the characters are completely unbelievable, and when the main character says on the first page that people think she's a bitch, they aren't kidding. Honestly, I t
This book was kind of weird in the beginning and then it just got confusing, since you had no idea who people were or why they acted the way they did. This book could have been so much better, had there not only been a bit more detail but also some more information about the characters, since it was not until very late in the story did you realize why the characters had for example, tried to commit suicide, hid their identities, etc. This book was okay, but it's not one I would readily recommend ...more
This book really makes you think. The story is sad, but makes you grateful for the little things in life. It could all be lost Just Like That.
mikha  ϟ
I loved it. I didn't like the ending though.
It shows that everything can and will change, just like that, without you expecting anything.
Gabriella M
SO, i have spent the past hour googling snipets and things I remembered about this book, and then finally i just typed goodreads in with everything else and it popped up! (Excuse the poor grammar, I'm a little excited and getting over some very overdramatic tears.) But now here I am, and I have never been happier. I don't remember the exact year that I read this book, but it was quite a long time ago, and I am so happy that I will be able to read it again. I will probably update this after I rea ...more
The BookWhisperer
Just Like That creates a lot of mixed emotions for me as a reader, so I believe that best way to review this particular book is to explain why I am having the conflicted feelings. In the beginning this book seemed to be unnatural in the speed and intensity of this small relationship between Will and Hanna. I found it very hard to accept and understand the feelings being portrayed because it did not seem realistic. Once the story turns and we find out the true age of Will; I began to grasp the si ...more
Jennifer - The Book Admirer
Just Like That by Marsha Qualey focuses on Hanna, a 18 year old senior who is at the time in her life where she is about to graduate high school but feels at odds about everything that is going on. She has a boyfriend, Spence, whom she has been with for almost a year yet doesn't feel connected to him in a way that most girls should feel with their long term boyfriend so she makes a grown up decision and breaks up with him. She has two very close friends who she shares everything with and after o ...more
Joni Thomas
Hanna Martin has just broken up with her boyfriend of almost a year and is unsure how to feel about life. She knows she should feel sad or angry but instead she feels nothing. But then one midnight walk to clear her head changes everything about her life and makes her question her beliefs about love, friendship, and family.
I am so glad that I found this book in my local library. First off, the cover is beautiful. And I love the title, it is so thought provoking. Which describes the book as well,
Izzy Dahlke
The behind one accident turns Hanna’s life upside-down. How do you live knowing such a secret? Well now that Hanna has to live with it, the mountain tat is her life is crumbling beneath her. She built her life to succeed, a smart boyfriend, two good friends, and college lined up, but just that one secret changed everything. This one memory is like a tree on the hill and no matter how many times she chops it down it just grows right back up, bigger and stronger.
The main character Hanna is an 18
Taylor Andersen
Just Like That by Marsh Qualey, was both amazing and disappointing. The beginning to middle are just amazing and keep you sucked in the whole time, then you get to the end and it just disappoints. I didn't expect it to end like that at all. Hanna realizes she doesn't have the right kind of feeling for her boyfriend so she breaks up with him. Her friends and family begin to worry about her and won't leave her alone. She ends up seeing things she wishes she didn't see, and falling for someone she ...more
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Sarah Rosenberger
I have to say, this book was definetally not one of my favourites, balancing between 2 and 3 stars. I picked this book up about a year ago, and it was about $5.00, so I was willing to try it. I tried to read it, and I just lost the plot. I tried it again and just gave up. I finally read through the whole thing.

The book begins with Hanna, a teenage girl with an interesting personality, after breaking up with her boyfriends Spencer. She doesn't... feel anything. She knows she is supposed to feel..
The reviews look good - nominated in the "Best Books of 2006" list by YALSA. Picking it up from the library today!


Just Like That is a wonderful book! I started it last night after finishing two other books, and ended up staying up really late because I could not put it down.

The book is considered YA fiction, but it's on the upper end of that spectrum because the protagonist, Hanna Martin, is eighteen-years old. Hanna takes a midnight stroll that changes everything for her; her life takes
Erin Hobbs
This is the story of Hanna Martin, a senior in high school, who may have been the last person to see a young couple alive before they fell through the ice on the lake. She struggles with this knowledge and draws to try to understand it, which leads her to meeting a young boy who also has ties to the couple. She quickly becomes involved with his family and their history, which in turn makes her curious about her own family. Throughout the book Hanna has many rough times due to her heavy secret, ...more
There were many things that I liked about this book. One, I could easily relate to it because it was about a teenager, facing life issues. Another thing that I like about this book was how the story was written. You knew what was going on at that moment in time, with a lot of details of everything.

Summary: A teenage girl named Hanna Martin, who works at a swimwear shop and lives with her mom. Her dad died when she was young from a heart attack. It starts off with her breaking up with her boyfri
The theme of this story is that over reacting makes the situation worse. I liked this book because Hanna has an interesting story. Hanna had two best friends Maura and Kelsey. First, she breaks up with her boyfriend Spencer because she doesn't see the spark between them anymore. Then, she goes to the lake to think and she talks to a happy couple whose names were Lindsey and Derek. Since she's in a bad mood she encourages an argument between the two. Then, she goes home turns on the T.V. and she ...more
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In if I stay, Mia's father is kind-of who everyone would want for a father. Laid-back, cool, trusting, and nice music sense. I know i would want a father like that.
But you also hear a lot about his past, the rock band, and how bad he wanted to stay in it forever, even after he had kids and he needed some money.
I know how it feels like to want things to never change, and I'm pretty sure everyone does, too. I'm sure everyone has those days or weeks or months or years that are so perfect you feel
Oct 13, 2007 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
i actually really enjoyed this book... it was a typical teen book, but still it was different and more unique than the regular teen books. "Just like that", was about a girl named Hanna Martin who was down by a lake near her house one day when she saw two people riding on an ATV on the thin icy lake. They came by her, she didnt tell them the ice was thin, she left, and then the next morning Hanna found out they died. This book describes the change and difficulty of Hanna's life after the inciden ...more
Okay, girl breaks up with boyfriend. Fine! She goes out for walk, meets some people who then go out on the ice in a snowmobile. Great! Then they end up dead. Hmmm... kind of interesting. Then the girl meets a boy, the boy who finds the bodies. Could turn into something good, right?

WRONG!!! There are so many problems with Just Like That I don't even know where to begin. Hana had no feelings. She felt a little pyscopathy to me, and I just didn't like her at all. Will was okay, but he and Hana's
This was very good book I really enjoyed reading it. The main character had a rough senior year and this book leads you through it. She broke up with her boyfriend and decided to take a mid-night walk that took a turn for the worse. She met a couple that warns her of the thin ice but when she was annoyed with the next couple to pass through she forgot to pass on the information. The next day a jogger found a body on the edge of the lake the main character goes through the grief of thinking that ...more
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