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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Two very different backgrounds; two young people who need each other.

When teenagers Jay and Anna are thrown together unexpectedly, their secret love ignites.

But when his world of neglect and physical abuse, youth crime and illegal drugs, collides with Anna’s parents’ high expectations for her education and show-jumping success, how long can that love survive, and what wi
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Published November 8th 2012 by Applecore Books
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Lucinda Elliot
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved 'Watermelon' for the combination of gritty realism and lively humour, and wasn't disappointed with this, which combines the same qualities.

There are unsparing descriptions of brutality and degradation, but in the midst of these, the reader is subtly, almost imperceptibly, encouraged to be hopeful, like the teenage protagonists, who find a true love that is prepared to overcome all social barriers.

Jay is defined by his alcoholic ne'r-do-well of a father as 'a loser, a thief, a good for n
Geoffrey West
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Someone Different seems to me to be indeed very different from many teenage romance stories, in that both protagonists are in their own private prison. Jayden, the handsome 16-year-old boy, has a life that has been a car crash since his birth: alcoholic abusive father, absent mother, vile criminal associates and rock bottom surroundings, and he is in a prison of economic and social deprivation. And heroine Annabel? She has everything material you could possibly desire, but she’s in a prison that ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing earth-shattering going on in this book: it's about two kids from opposite sides of the track who fall in love and all the difficulties they face trying to stay together. So, yeah, the Romeo and Juliet storyline. But Hanney makes it feel earth-shattering. She got me right in there. Anna is the little rich girl who can do nothing right and Jay is a pot-smoking petty criminal from a violent home. After committing a crime, instead of prison, sixteen-year-old Jay and a friend are sen ...more
Billy and Jay went one incident too far and now find themselves on a twenty-four month Youth Rehabilitation Order working and learning Equine studies. Jay and Billy have been together during the best of times and the worst. As both begin making new paths in their lives, they face new struggles and an unexpected turn.

Annabel feels the walls crowding around her, the pressure is high to be the best in school, to be the perfect representative for her family, she feels stifled and a disappointment to
Debbie Bennett
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
She's a posh, spoiled and unhappy fifteen year old, too scared to admit she's terrified of the new horse her parents have bought her. He's sixteen, with an electronic tag, a criminal record and an alcoholic father who hits him. She's headed for a skiing holiday; he's headed for Young Offenders institution. They're not exactly the perfect partnership.

But when Jay comes to work at Anna's stables, there's an unlikely attraction. For the first time, Jay's found something he's good at with the horses
Kindle Ninja
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The unlikely pairing of Jay and Anna shows two opposite realities, but with the same sad outcome. Jay is a young man toughened by a rough life, while Anna is a sheltered young woman, confined in the world her parents set out for her. They’re both lonely as individuals, but when they are together, their world changes.

This is a modern-day version of star-crossed lovers with grittier realities and more profound consequences. The structure is wonderful, the execution, brilliant. This is not your typ
Brandi  Hansen
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story of young love and tragic circumstances

What a beautiful story. Two people, Anna & Jayden, from opposite walks of life. Her being from the rich neighborhood and not feeling as if she belongs. Him being from the poor neighborhood and not feeling as if he belongs. Both have family problems, but can each of them overcome there own paths of life and come together? You'll have to read to find out...
Claire Brooks-Burnett
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great story about how love doesn't care about money or the past! ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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For the most part I enjoyed Someone Different. You just can't help but feel bad for Jay. Sure he made some not so smart choices and he pays for them, but he also has a horrible home life. Once he meets Anna it does seem like he really wants to change and be a better person, and he does start to fix his issues and try to be better. Unfortunately his past does keep catching up to him.

Anna is a rich girl whose parents don't really seem to listen or pay actual attentio
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced read

From the start, the author dives straight into the action!! The drama surrounding the 2 main characters, although terribly cliche, was believable. I couldn't put this book down.
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
A really good book, though both Anna and Jay seemed too mature for 15-16 y.o. kids.

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