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By Any Other Name

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  875 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Nobody can know the truth—her life depends on it. A tale of family, identity, and trust, about a girl struggling with life in the witness protection program.

I picked up the book and thumbed through the pages. Names in alphabetical order, names with meanings, names I knew, names I'd never heard of. How to pick? Nothing that would stand out, nothing that would link me to the
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Electric Monkey (first published 2012)
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Claireandbooks I bought it online, used on medimops in English shipped to Germany, but you should just look it up on Amazon :) Sometimes authors who are not that hyp…moreI bought it online, used on medimops in English shipped to Germany, but you should just look it up on Amazon :) Sometimes authors who are not that hyped because of whatever are not "famous" enought to be brought into the selection of the library ;)(less)

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Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book quite a lot for a variety of reasons.

For me the main part of the book is about identity. Holly is a teenage girl who was forced into witness protection. The reader meets her after a move to a new area and follows her as she tries to settle into a new home and new school. I must admit this part of the story is quite slow but it makes you think a lot about settlling into a new life and also those decisions you make about which peer group to get into and what makes a rea
Zoe and the Edge
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Will they stop after the trial? I don’t know. Maybe they’ll never stop.
Maybe I’ll be eighty-three and still dreaming of the night three men tried to put a bullet in my brain.

An identity change at 15 years of age when most teens are still trying to figure out who they are is a major setback for Holly/Louisa. She remakes herself feeling that she really has become a different person. She struggles to be the shy girl at school because she's always been more of a take-charge girl.

Holly isn’t allowe
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
More of a 3.5 star but I'm too disappointed to round it up to 4. I really liked Jarratt's debut novel Skin Deep, an honest piece, but this: meh. Somewhere in the acknowledgments for this Jarratt thanks her agent for suggesting the theme of this novel. I wish the agent hadn't. I wish the agent had let Jarratt ruminate for her own theme. Maybe then what had come out of it would have been more congruent. This is not.
The one character I actually fully bought into was the main protag's autistic litt
Rebecca Berto
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.0--4.5 stars

I started this and thought, "I can relax. This is going to be a wonderful YA book about discovery and growing up and the troubles." Ah, it was!

I'm not sure what it was but the witness protection storyline hit my spot. I loved watching these two girls--the past and present--fight for an identity. The book never ever got boring and I think I read it in just 48 hours.

One storyline didn't tie up and one crucial element at the height of the climax was so utterly unbelievable I got a t
May 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Skin Deep was, without a doubt, fantastic, so I went into this book expecting the same. But I just didn't like it.
I felt like the storyline was incredibly predictable, a lot of hints and forshadowing was provided but wasn't actually wrapped up on, leaving plenty of loose ends. Holly was hugely irritating and naive for a 16 year old. I will probably be giving this away as no matter how excited I was to read this book, it was so, so disappointing.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was ok... I thought Louisa/Holly was a little unbelievable and I didn't really like the relationship with Joe, way too cliche. I also hated when he called her 'babe' before they were together -_-
And the end was pretty unbelievable I thought too. Couldn't wait to finish it.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
It started off really well. I loved Katie and even though we never net her in this book I loved Katya too. The ending was pretty ridiculous.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a 3.5 read for me. I enjoyed By Any Other Name a lot the first time I read it, but found it less engaging the second, I think because I wasn't especially invested in what had happened in the past with Katya and was more interested in reading Lou's story in the present. I don't think it was poorly done but it didn't quite grip me in the way I would have liked.

That said, I did enjoy the rest of the book, especially the earlier portion when Lou is trying to fit in at her new school. I liked
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
After witnessing something she shouldn't have, Holly is in too much danger to go back to her old life. Instead, she and her family enter the witness protection programme and end up moving to a small village far from everything she's ever known, instructed to under no circumstances have any contact with anyone she used to know. With a new name, new history, and a new school, Holly needs to figure out who she is now - because the danger is still out there, and she can never go back to who she was. ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
all of us get upset sometimes. we think to ourselves wouldn't it be nice to leave our life behind. to start anew. Witnesses protection is exactly that, starting from the beginning, becoming a new character. But people in witness protection aren't there for fun. the have endured some, an event or incident that has left them with no other option than to abandon their old identity. Holly Latham is one of these people. the book doesn't start with her tragic story as Louisa. rather it is gradually ex ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Holly Latham is not really Holly Latham. She's a girl under witness protection, starting over with her family.

By Any Other Name tells the story of Holly adjusting to her new anonymous life, while she tries to figure out who her new persona is. Along the way she realises that she has an opportunity to reinvent herself... Reflect on who she used to be and what she could have done differently, and maybe become who she should have been all along. Throughout the story we learn the reasons she came t
Holly Mae
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I quite enjoyed this book. I thought it was really good the whole way through until the ending. The mystery was really good, building up nicely the whole way through the story. I was kind of waiting for something to go wrong the whole way through, but I find that to be pretty typical with this kind of book. The build up was just getting really good, and then I feel like the climax just fell a bit short. It wasn’t bad, it just was disappointing at the end.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
At the start of this book, I found it quite annoying because I really disliked Holly, the narrator, and thought her world view was quite unrealistic. However, I liked the direction her character arc went in, and it made up for the initial annoying-ness. On the whole, I found this to be a really interesting concept and an enjoyable read, with an ending that was just a bit too rushed.
Mickaella Douglas
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads, young-adult
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The theme of identity really struck me and I found it difficult to put it down
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the link to my blog in which I fully review this book. ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy it as much as i hoped to but it was still an entertaining read.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another book written by Laura Jarratt that I absolutely loved and was blown away by. She writes amazing thrillers and once again, I couldn't put this one down (apart from some of those chilling scenes where I had to just pause and gather myself as I was just bewildered). Really recommed for those who love a gripping and fairly-quick thriller!
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

I really loved By Any Other Name by Laura Jarratt. I had high expectations for it after reading Laura's Jarratt previous (and also standalone) book last year, Skin Deep. I love especially how both books deal with identity in different ways. Jarratt is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors due to her wonderful characters, interesting stories and beautiful way of writing. I eageraly await any future books by the same author!

I hav
Patricia Baker
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just finished this book. Really enjoyed the suspense, the romance and the strong female character. The relationships in this book are very well done; the brothers on the farm, with her sister who has autism.
Bella Jean
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is somewhere between a 3 and a 4. If you asked me if I liked it or not, I would tell you to read it, but tear the first few chapters out. Of course, you wouldn't really do that, but that's just me saying how boring the beginning of the book was. However, by the end of it, I was ready to through my hands in the air and whoop.

Let's break it down, shall we?

This book is centered around the relationships between the main character and the people around her, and I'm a lucky per
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I love love loved this book it was as expected, truly beautiful and I adored it.

the thing with Jarrett is that her books leave you with a smile on your face, this book made me smile and laugh. sweet and funny humor. I like how we are like Holly we find out things about characters at the same time as her we are suspicious and always looking back we smile with her and we wonder who she'll become as well.AND WE LOVE JOE!

I love the mystery within the book, not the annoying
SJH (A Dream of Books)
This is the second book by Laura Jarratt and like her first title 'Skin Deep', explores different territory to many other contemporary young-adult novels currently on the market. The main theme is about making sense of who you are as a person and developing your own identity, rather than being labelled by everyone else around you. The main character Holly struggles to do exactly this, when her family is entered into the witness protection programme and she has to leave everything familiar behind ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-author, for-review
*4.5 stars*

Skin Deep was one of my favourite reads of 2012 so By Any Other Name had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, it was just as brilliant.

Laura Jarratt has a real talent for incorporating serious and often uncomfortable topics with sensitively and insane skill. In By Any Other Name Jarratt tackled autism, bullying, war, witness protection and kidnapping in a novel that felt effortless. I love that there’s more than meets the eye to every character important to Holly. Such brilliant character
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lou is dead. Lou died that day she was hurled into the back of that car. Lou doesn't exist anymore. She's in the past.
Holly is born now. Holly is the girl who is under Witness Protection. Holly is the girl who constantly has nightmares, and keeps her head down and doesn't mention anything.
Lou is dead.

By Any Other Name is about a girl named Louisa who is under Witness Protection after an attempted kidnap, and must change her identity and where she lives to make sure that her kidnappers don't fi
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Laura Jarrett has long been on my radar of authors-to-check-out, and I was really looking forward to By Any Other Name - but it didn't really live up to the hopes I had for it.
This is mostly because of the writing. The lack of decent punctuation in particular made it a difficult read for me - my inner editor was screaming at regular intervals, which was incredibly distracting. There's also the issue of the way the 'young adults' speak - the constant streams of 'hon' or 'babe' from pretty much e
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd give this book a 3.5

About 4 years ago I read Laura Jarratt's book 'Skin Deep' and devoured it at this time (it was in my mid teens) but now being an "adult" this book 'By Any Other Name' seemed a little to young for me after I've read a couple of pages, BUT the book is very good! IF you're not too old (IMO).

What I mean by that is just that you sense that she's only 15 years old. The way the story is written, and her thoughts about boys is totally different if you've been reading YA books lat
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a very curious little book with a huge secret I almost couldn't wait to find out. The first 50 pages or so just made me really curious. The middle was quite slow where Holly was trying to figure out her identity and such and I couldn't really see where the book was heading. However the ending, oh my god, that fast paced, ending was superb. There was about 40 pages left or something and I could not see how everything could be resolved in that short amount of time!! It was brilliant, yet I ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this book - her second novel - Laura Jarratt cements her place as one of UKYA's strongest new authors. Her solid and reassuring sense storytelling returns in a book which, handled by a writer of less status, may have sadly sunk instead of soared.

Holly Latham is forced to switch lives like she's slipping on a second skin. Her real name isn’t even Holly – it’s Louisa. She's in a witness protection programme for her own safety and her family has had to come with her.

I'm not a huge fan of witne
Fairy Tale Junkie
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I just recently read a book something similar to this story
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston.

If I have not read that book, I would have given this 4 stars.
Unfortunately I did, and reading By Any Other Name felt like kind of redundant because of the similarities.

On a side note, I do love the characters in this book.
I have a special spot for kids like Katie.
They are very sweet and very smart and I hate that people really treat them differently. I think we should all be jealous because Go
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The writing was a little bit clumsy at times, but I don't even care because the story was so good. I raced through this book, eager to see how Katya's story unfolded and learn what had happened in Cornwall. Though wow, Holly was so incredibly stupid at times that I felt she deserved to be found. Even after all the warnings from her Witness Protection Liaison Officer, she still went ahead and emailed her best friend? I thought she cared about her family's safety more than that, especially given h ...more
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Laura Jarratt was born in Salford in the 1970s, the decade fashion should really forget. She remains mentally scarred from the numerous childhood photos of her in very bad clothes, which she blames for her present aversion to having her picture taken. Despite being good at English, Classics and Modern Foreign Languages, she accidentally studied Microbiology at university and then went on to work i ...more

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