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Preview — Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
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, but she didn't care - that is until she...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
It's written with such spare, honest prose which cuts right to the core.
I really responded to Holly's story ~ while the storyline is simple, the execution is superior and the emotional impact resonates. It's all the little details that pulled me into Holly's life that made me care immensely about her.
The story opens with Holly having sex in a car with popular guy Paul. And from there you're pulled into Holly's life. She lives with her dad and is...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
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
Holly is the girl that anyone can see a piece of herself in. Lost a parent? She has too. Hooked up with someone you really shouldn't have? Ditto. Betrayed your best friend? Same. Well, you get the picture, she was someone who was very real. Though, with saying that, I still wanted to hit her over the head at times when she continued to see Paul even though you knew he...more
While dealing with the death of her mother, Holly loses her virginity to popular Paul who has a long-term-on-again-off-again relationship with popular Saskia. Holly thinks their time together is just a one-time deal; however,...more
But (and there's the "but" I know you were waiting for) -- it feels like an unedited Sara Zarr novel. Sara Zarr, author of two of my favorite books -- Story of a Girl and How to Save a Life (by the way, when is that woman goi...more
During her Junior year of high school, Holly lost her mom to cancer. In her Senior year, Holly loses her virginity to Paul.
She assumes it's just a one-time thing, because Paul is pretty much out of her league and has a long-time girlfriend, Saskia. But after that day, Paul keeps trying to talk to Holly and pursue her further. Pretty soon, they are regularly sleeping together and Holly feels awful about it, knowing that Saskia is Paul's real girlfriend....more
Lauren Strasnick’s succinctness with words is still a relatively rare gift in YA lit. Sometimes, less is more, and it certainly is so in Holly’s words: little time is spent dallying over inner monologues, and instead we are thrown right into Holly’s words and have to quickl...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
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
Nothing Like You is told with humor as well as depth. Strasnick has grafted an addictive, fast pa...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
"And how now that time had passed and sex seemed suddenly easy, I’d somehow managed to make up for any physical pain with barrelfuls of emotional pain that seemed directly proportionate to the amount of pleasure I took in the actual act. I suspected I was being punished. Possibly by my mother. Most definitely by god."
Such a sad and bittersweet coming-of-age story narrated by a sorrowful voice.
Holly comes across as a strong unbreakable girl; but inside she’s hurt, lo...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
I surprised myself by both enjoying and disliking the book on many levels. On one hand, Holly’s voice and tone were so realistic and sincere that at times I pictured her as an intense character, my favorite type o...more
I know that won't really make sense to anyone. Maybe it will. It was definitely a flawed sentence. :P A...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 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 book was written quite simply, with a lot of dialogue and lacked any sort of plot driving. There must have been about 40 pages of actual "drama," once her secrets were challenged.
I really would have liked this story to have been about a stronger, smarter, girl down on her luck who learned to respect herself. But the character wasn't that intriguing. It might have helped if th...more