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If You Live Like Me

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Before her plane even touches down in Newfoundland, Cheryl is already plotting her escape. She knows life on this isolated rock will be no better than it was in the other places she's been forced to live, ever since her parents launched a cross-Canada tour so her father could gather material for his book. The unwilling spectator of her father's morbid fascination with dyin ...more
Paperback, 331 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Lobster Press
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Cheryl has moved a lot throughout her life. Due to her father's work on his anthropological book, Cheryl has had to travel with her parents all across Canada as he does research.

However, there is one aspect of life in St. John that Cheryl might find pleasing...and his name is Jim.

Jim is Cheryl's new next-door neighbor, and he is as fascinated with Cheryl as she is with him, much to her disdain. She would rather pack up everything and head back to the city, b
Jun 27, 2011 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Lori Weber’s If You Live Like Me is yet another book that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long, even though I’ve heard some great things about it. Thankfully, I finally tried it last week, and I was surprised, perhaps even blown away a bit, as If You Live Like Me is an extraordinary contemporary about a girl living in Newfoundland.

If You Like Me begins just as Cheryl is arriving in Newfoundland, the place where she is to begin her fourth school in less than four years. To say Cheryl’s
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Cheryl has one wish: to go home. Home, as far as she’s concerned, is Montreal – a real, bustling city where she fit in and had friends. Given her parents’ plans, Cheryl is sure she’ll never have friends again. Travelling around Canada with her anthropologist father and her cheerful mother is bad enough, but the worst part is the reason for all the moves. Cheryl’s father is writing a book about dying cultures, so the family has been living in different communities for the last three years – not g ...more
This is one of those plots that never dies, a teenager moved from town to town against their will by their parents. The teenager is resentful and sullen, but eventually falls in love with this, the latest place they are moved to. I think we've all read dozens of books with essentially that exact same plot. It's all in the execution that makes one of these books worth reading.

And the execution is spot on here. Sometimes, it can be hard to understand what makes this, the latest place so wonderful
Bonnie Ferrante
At first I wasn't sure I would like this novel. The opening chapters read like a travelogue. But I soon realized that the setting was as much a character as any of the humans. The Newfoundland culture is fascinating, this does sound breathtaking, and the young man, Jim, is the perfect person to meet if you have lost your sense of joy. He has much to teach the protagonist, Cheryl, about courage, friendship, family, and compassion. A gentle story of a girl who has chosen a bitter outlook on life a ...more
This is a fascinating story. I've left a lot of details out of the summary because I don't want to spoil it. Everyone, not just teens who have moved a lot, can relate to Cheryl's feelings of ambivalence, frustration, isolation, and needing to belong. The author has crafted a beautiful story and characters you think are perfect have flaws; and the "bad guys" aren't as flawed as you thought. The family dynamics for both families are well portrayed.

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Ashley Dallas
Hate hate hate this book. I'm sorry. The writing was just so appalling.
Not to mention in the first chapter or two.... the guy says "I'll see you tomorrow maybe." The girl catalogues this as "OMG he just asked me out." The next day, the guy shows up and says to girl's parents: "Hi, I'm taking your daughter out."
I'm fairly certain that "I'll see you tomorrow maybe" ≠ "Hey, do you want to go out with me tomorrow?"
Certain readers may find it interesting.... but I am most definitely not one of them.
I am on page 102 of If You Live Like Me. I can really vizualize what the main character, Cheryl looks like. The author uses good detail to describe her clothes and face.
Anna Motteler
Maybe it's just me, but througout the first couple pages I got extremely bored.
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different ethnicities to be curious about. The predominant ethnic group at
the time (the 60s) was Greek. I grew up hearing as much Greek as
French and English, and I learned to love the food a
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