Nothing Like You
Holly had a one night stand with popular guy Paul who had a girlfriend named Saskia. She felt so empty because just six months ago her mother died and despite not showing it to everyone she still hasn’t moved on. She knew Paul had a girlfriend and she didn’t care that is until s...more
I was up until the early hours of this morning devouring this, and I feel... emotionally bludgeoned and completely wrung out. Will attempt to review when I have (a) slept and (b) regained some objectivity.
”You are very loved.”…”You need to work harder at loving yourself.”
I hardly know where to begin this review. The difficulty arises partly from too few hours of sleep, partly from overcompensating for the fatigue with too much coffee, and partly from the emotional contortions this novel pu...more
Nothing Like You is told with humor as well as depth. Strasnick has grafted an addictive, fast pa...more
Holly, still trying to cope up with her mother's death, was entangled on a messy secret relationship with the popular guy- Paul. I was hoping that Paul was like Dexter in Something Borrowed but wrong that I was. He was/is your typical douchebag. I want to slap-kick-uppercut him. Lol. Okay, Holly has her faults in this but she came into her senses and tries to break things off but this stupid guy threatens to reveal what they've done to Saskia. Holly knows she messed up and did take the responsib...more
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To be honest, I thought that I would like Nothing Like You a lot more than I actually did. It was a sad, sad disappointment. For one, I was kind of expecting some kind of forbidden romance, which did not happen. Not that it's a bad thing, because, well, (cover your ears) Paul is a douche.
He totally is. He's manipulative and controlling and a liar, demanding and pretentious...he's everything that a good boy shouldn't be. He's a total jerk! He force...more
For every book I read, I go through the characters in my head to understand their point of view and to understand their feelings and learn something from them. But i...more
The author did a realistic job in portraying Holly’s emotional journey, from a needy person looking for any way out of the numbness brought on by her mother’s death, to a more emotionally stable person by the end of the book. As a result, she committed many costly...more
I really wanted to like this book, but I can't really feel much for it. Maybe I've been spoiled by the other contemporary YA books I've read recently, but I just found this rather...bland.
This had a lot of potential that I don't feel it lived up to. This could have been something amazing but sadly, for me, it w...more
Six months after she loses her mom, Holly is cold and emotionally numb. This is her senior year and she just doesn’t care anymore about her life. Then she does the unthinkable: she loses her virginity to Paul, the popular guy she barely knows.
Assuming this to be one-night-stand, it’s a great shock for Holly when Paul persists on seeing her. Paul belongs to popular crowd and he already has a long-term girlfriend, a really sweet girl named Saskia. It seems strange that he even pays attent...more
About half way through the book my opinion drastically changed. I wanted to pummel Holly and force some sense into her head.
I wanted to feel sorry for her, really, I did, but... I just couldn't. Everybody she hurt while she c...more
I know that won't really make sense to anyone. Maybe it will. It was definitely a flawed sentence. :P A...more
I understood, the jist of what was causing Holly to make those descisions, but I didn't know why she was or more importantly why she would keep doing it. Her reasons just didn't seem concrete enough especially when the reasons not to, FAR FAR FAR out weighed the need to do t...more
Holly is an incredibly unlikable character. She makes bad choices and bad decisions time after time, and it's really obvious that nothing will change unless she takes action, but she seems content t...more
ANYWAYS. Despite that. I did enjoy how messy and complicated things were. I loved the portrayal of a controlling, semi-emotionally abusive relationship. I loved hea...more
Holly continues to see Paul her "one night stand" and things just go down hill from that point. Her best friend Nils is starting to become a bit more than just a "friend" and Pauls girlfriend is not exactly what Paul claims her to be...more
The story's unique charm falls off the page into your heart as you accompany the central character's nuanced and profound experience in the emotional tumult and eventual resolve which strikes us all in young adulthood. Often the work reads very contemporary, full of current colloquialisms,...more
Nothing Like You was an average book. The plot was interesting and unique but I did not like the main character. I could not connect with Holly. I just felt that she had too little respect for herself. I just don’t understand how you can fool around with someone else’s boyfriend and still become friends with them.
The story itself was engaging, the chapters were short so it was a quick read. I liked the psychic reading, it was the...more
Holly's wrong though...Paul does want her back. Problem is, these days he's back on with Saskia. Holly wants Paul to like her more; she wants to win. She doesn't know Saskia, so who is she really hurting...more
Holly recently lost her mother to breast cancer and she thinks she's okay now. She didn't have a d...more
It was nice to just sit down and flip through a good book with no expectations, no pre-misconceptions, and no judgment. I just allowed myself to enjoy it. And I ended up adoring it, in that odd way that you love things without meaning to.
Holly's not the kind of girl that I was prepared to like. She has sass and she's funny, but sometimes when she just came out and said what she meant, I felt my heart ache. She's been shoved into the narrow valley in between right...more