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Nothing Like You

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,777 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
When Holly loses her virginity to Paul, a guy she barely knows, she assumes their encounter is a one-night stand. After all, Paul is too popular to even be speaking to Holly ... and he happens to have a long-term girlfriend, Saskia. But ever since Holly's mom died six months ago, Holly has been numb to the world, and she's getting desperate to feel something, anything—so w ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published 2009)
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Aria Stuck in Wonderland
I think this was a book that I could REALLY relate to. It was something that I had gone through. Holly and I went through the same thing - no joke. This book opened up old wounds I have forced myself to forget.

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

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

Nothing Like You is a startlingly beautiful book.

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
Mar 12, 2012 Nicola rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I was to describe this book in one word, it'd probably be predictable. That's not always a bad thing, but with this book, it wasn't just one thing that you could forsee, it was a lot.

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
Wow, this wasn't at all what I expected and I really liked it a lot. Such an honest and real story and such a great and relatable main character. Can I get a sequel, please? I'd love to read more about Holly...and Nils. :)
Debbie Instocks
Sep 27, 2012 Debbie Instocks rated it did not like it
To start off my first review, I was excited to read this book as I thought that it'd be good, given the plot. I expected a really good elaboration on how she felt, how she dealt with the pain, what she went through and how it changed her as a person. Well, I got plenty of insight about the problems she went through but nothing much.
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
The BookWhisperer
Jul 01, 2010 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing
Nothing Like You has been in my to be read pile for quite some time, and like many others I am sure I picked it out and reread the description thinking was I sure about reading this. Thank goodness I did not set it back down. I loved every minute of this novel. Not only did I love it, but I finished it in about 24 hours. Impressive is the ease at which you will find yourself sliding through the story. I was halfway done before I ever realized it. As a recently singled mother, I could have relate ...more
Jul 17, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Lauren Strasnick's debut novel, Nothing Like You, had me breathless by the end. It was just that good, no scratch that, amazing!

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
Jul 02, 2014 Hilda rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, tears
3.5 stars

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
Rating: 3.5/5

Favorite quote:
"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
Mar 28, 2011 Malynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a sad yet hopeful story. I was pulled in from the start and couldn’t stop reading until I found out where the characters end up. The author deals with friendships, grieving, and relationships in such a realistic way that one cannot help but relate to this story.

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,
Aug 25, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it
Recommended to Fred by: Lauren
I am really torn about how to rate this book. It's beautiful, somber and bittersweet. Actually, it's way more bitter than sweet, and that's the problem. I think this is the saddest YA book I've read since Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, and that takes some doing. So, after reading it, I sort of felt like my interior landscape was like a SoCal neighborhood after a brush fire has passed through. Not much moving around or growing out there anymore, and anything hopeful is obscured by smoke. When the t ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Cory rated it liked it
Nothing Like You, by Lauren Strasnick, is more of a novella than a novel, clocking in at 38k words. Strangely, this is both its strongest, and weakest, element. While somewhat underwritten, yet rather repetitive, Nothing Like You is not a bad book. In fact, it's rather good.

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
Jennifer Wardrip
Sep 03, 2010 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Breanna F. for

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.
Steph Su
Sep 15, 2010 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, debs09, best-of-10
NOTHING LIKE YOU, Lauren Strasnick’s debut novel, is relatively short, but packs one heck of a punch between its covers. It is a powerful read that will wreck your nerves, put them back together, and wreck them all over again.

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
May 31, 2011 Thebookbutterfly rated it really liked it
Nothing Like You was refreshing.

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
Dec 03, 2011 Sadia rated it liked it
Recommended to Sadia by: The Recommendations thingy
When I first started reading this I actually really liked it; I liked that Holly was cold, somewhat heartless and just... different. I liked this which is what I think most people didn't like about Nothing Like You. I guess I liked reading from the POV of 'the other woman'.

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
Sep 23, 2015 Em rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
When we first meet Holly, she is jammed into the backseat of a car, losing her virginity to Paul, a popular guy from school who she hardly knows. She assumes it to be a one-night-stand because she’s not his type and he already has an on-again-off-again girlfriend. When Paul comes back for more, they start having secret sex in her bedroom late at night. She desperately wants to feel good – to fill the emotional void left after her mother’s death – and her relationship with Paul helps her to feel ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Nothing Like You was much different than I thought it would be, not in a bad way, just a different way. I had high hopes for Lauren Strasnick's debut, and though I did enjoy it, it didn't get five moons like I hoped it would. I first found Lauren through her bloggish website, and let me just say that she is one of the funniest people I have never met. If you haven't already, go check out her website.
Nothing Like You is told with humor as well as depth. Strasnick has grafted an addictive, fast pa
Nov 21, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok
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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
May 24, 2010 Sara rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: young-adult, hated, 2010
If this book hadn't been short and a really quick read, there is no way I would have finished it. The main character, Holly, is feeling bad, so she throws herself into a fling with some guy at her school, who happens to have a girlfriend that Holly later becomes friends with, complicating everything.

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
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Holly has just had a one night stand with Paul, a popular guy at her high school with a long-term girlfriend. Holly doesn't really know why she did it, except that her mom recently died of cancer and her feelings are all sort of numb. Unbelievably Paul persues her and convinces her to have a secret sexual relationship. That's great and all, but then she makes friends with Saskia (Paul's g/f) and also there's that neighbor boy Nils.... The harder she tries to end it with Paul, the harder he tries ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Lecea rated it liked it
I was a bit hesitant to check out Nothing Like You from the library – the first sentence in the Goodreads synopsis did not sit too well with me, and it was reminiscent of a few less-than-stellar books I read last year. However, my curiosity after reading the rest of the summary won out.

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
Jul 25, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a, feels
I loved this. It exceeded my expectations. It felt fresh to me after reading books with disappointing or flat characters. The characters in this were like the writing style, simple but deeply layered. I always seem to love characters if they are going through something difficult which makes them make bad decisions, but who learn from their mistakes and don't mean to cause the carnage they make.

I know that won't really make sense to anyone. Maybe it will. It was definitely a flawed sentence. :P A
Sep 14, 2009 AnnaBnana rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Holly lost her virginity to Paul, a guy she barely knows. She thinks it's a one-night stand and honestly, she really just did it to kind of get the whole thing over with. She's sure Paul is too popular to like her back...and besides, he's been on-again, off-again with the lovely Saskia for ages.

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
Dec 03, 2011 Sherry rated it really liked it
This book was so heartbreaking, honestly, this poor girl. As she did all these stupid things she knew what she was doing was wrong but she kept on doing it, and I kept on wanting to tell her to stop. This book deals with grieving, and not in the "sob sob cry cry" kind, just the kind where you can kind of understand why she's doing this because of it her pain. It hurt, she was self destructing and not because she really wanted to but because she felt something and she didn't really understand, sh ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010-read
I loved getting to know Holly her mother has recently passed away from breast cancer. She hooks up with a Paul and has sex with him thinking it is a one time thing. She loses her virginity but this was her plan and finally feels something after months of being numb.

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
Jul 06, 2014 Bailey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 24, 2009 Anastasia rated it did not like it
Recommended to Anastasia by: Simon & Schuster
I did not enjoy this book. The main character was incredibly self-defeating and lacked any sort of personal respect.

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
Apr 15, 2016 Tori rated it it was ok
Shelves: den-library
I kept reading just because it was such an easy read. But I felt nothing during it or when it ended. Holly was stupid. Paul was a loser. The end.
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Lauren Strasnick is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts MFA Writing Program. Her debut novel, NOTHING LIKE YOU (Simon Pulse/S&S, 2009), was an RWA RITA award finalist in two categories, Best First Book and YA Romance. Her second novel, HER AND ME AND YOU (Simon Pulse/S&S, 2010), was a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. THEN YOU WERE GONE (Simon Pulse/S&am ...more
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“She's nothing like you, Holly." "No kidding." "No, I mean, she's not strong like you. She's breakable.” 5 likes
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