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Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
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Sep 14, 09

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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? Before long though, Holly is unsure of what she's doing or why she's doing it. And suddenly, the whole situation has feels utterly out of her control.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I really felt for the characters. I understood Holly's struggle--she wants to do the right thing, but feels like there's just no way out of the situation she's in. The longer things go on with Paul, the more potential she has to hurt her friends and herself.

There is a subplot regarding the untimely death of Holly's mother which perhaps explains some of Holly's poor decision-making, but the author doesn't excuse Holly's behavior. This book has action and consquences, but not in a way that will hit the reader over the head too hard. The characters are intriguing and the not-100 percent-happy ending is spot on. This is a stellar debut sure to hook reluctant readers with short chapters, unending drama, and characaters that you will want the best for.
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