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Someone I Used to Know

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Adley Adair's ex-boyfriend did more than just write an international bestseller about their failed relationship. He exposed all her dirty little secrets to the world, and locked all her demons into print, masquerading it as a love story.

Three years removed from the relationship that changed her life, Adley is just a college student who wants nothing more than to forget
ebook, 318 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Smashwords (first published March 27th 2013)
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May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave
The cover of this book really doesn't do it justice, and neither does the summery, which also doesn't truthfully give you an idea of what this book is about.
I've been reading a lot of books lately, but I know this one & Me Before You will stay with me for a long time.

Adley Adair has been doing everything in her power to try and forget her past, but that is not so easy when there's a book written about you. Adley has never read the book as it is too painful for her to remember the sacrafices
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a public service review on behalf of Australians. In fact if there were such a thing as the slang police - I would be reporting the author. We do NOT speak like Declan.

This book sounded like an some light fun and being an Australian, I was looking forward to an Aussie character.

The author clearly must have discovered an Aussie slang dictionary from the 1970's or earlier because the supposed sexy, sophisticated, educated, super famous Australian actor character (Declan)'s speech was
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I haven't reviewed a book in quite a while, so sorry if this isn't eloquently written.
Actual Review: 3.5 Stars

I first decided to read the book because, obviously, the storyline intrigued me. I went in expecting Adley Adair, the main character, to be dealing with the consequences of her past and the unwanted fame that came with the publishing of her past relationship. Instead, what I got to read was her coming to terms with her past decision, with the help of oh-so-sexy Aussie movie star
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
NO. I'm sorry, but, no.

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Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. It was so much more complex and emotionally involving than I expected based on the synopsis. I was instantly drawn into the story and loved the glimpses we got into the characters' pasts, the complicated relationships that seemed so real. I love this type of romance--the whole famous guy in love with a normal girl thing, but the best thing about this book was how extraordinary the heroine really was, and how realistic and flawed her choices were, even as she demonstrated ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this was such a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed the author's writing style. A unique storyline which was SO refreshing in a world filled with cookie cutter books and often-repeated story lines. The characters were believable and I was thoroughly engaged in this the whole way through.
Re-read September 2019
Re-read June 2017

This book is SO freaking good!

This is a really beautiful and deep story that you can't help being touched by. It is sad, happy, cute and, then sad again before a wonderful HEA ending.

Normally I have this problem with epilogues - I absolutely hate them.
But when an author writes this in her epilogue...

"All an epilogue really is, is an excuse for the author to draw things out as long as possible."

Well, it made me laugh out loud! And I loved it.
Besides, this
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was not a new story but the way it was told was refreshing. All the characters were well portraited, and though, some dense topics were being discussed the book has a light way to approach them.
Adley Adair is an intriguing figure and I just wanted to understand her and Cam as much as Declan.
I loved the fact that we can't know exactly everything, 'cause in real life we never know.
The book has great quotes and beautiful momentts. Of course, there is some spice and romance, but for me
Simone Almeida
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book to read because I thought it would be a fun, flirty book. Boy, was I wrong!!!

However, I'm glad it blew away my assumptions. Don't get me wrong; it has its fun, flirty moments but it was much more than that.

I don't know how to review this book without giving away its plot, but I will say this- the book made me stop and think and there aren't many books that can do that for me.
Vera Cruz
I had such high hopes for this book. Reader reviews were enthusiastic. The story was self-contained and sequel-less (which I thought showed promise). However, I found it such an unappealing read.

The author set out to create a unique storyline. Had she succeeded in making it work through and through, this would have been a great standout in a sea of repetitive YA romance novels. But the fact that she never delved that deep into the inescapable trauma, regret, and resentment caused everything to
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-the-kindle
I have a love-hate relationship with Adley. She's complicated but she made the book really interesting by her always wanting to runaway. Then comes in Declan Davies. Sigh. But to be honest, it's kind of my first time to read a book that had so much mhhhm scenes in it. I was kind of skipping it so yeah. But nonetheless, i enjoyed the book completely. Cameron, ugh. His relationship with Adley is something i would like to have. It's like your still bestfriends because you know each other so well ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
The blurb to the book caught my attention, but did not necessarily make me want to read this book. Looking for a new book to read, I stumbled upon this book again and took a chance, and I am so glad that I did. The blurb and cover do not do this book justice.

It is a beautiful read about college student Adley Adair's painful past that has been turned into an international bestselling romance novel and the next hollywood "it" movie.

I loved Adley Adair. She is a beautiful person who does her best
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This would be 3.5 stars

Someone I Used to Know had a very interesting premise, and looked to be promising in the young/adult genre. I think that Ms. Francis did a great job of portraying the angst and emotions of a teenager (Adair Adley) who underwent drastic life changes. Her martyr attitude really brought back memories of those teenage years, and the way life is viewed in black and white during that stage of our lives. There was some elements that felt unreal, such as Declan Davies' response
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a lovely surprise to me. Having just finished reading a rather bland story that featured a Mary Sue heroine, who was so perfect in every way that she was simply impossible to empathise with or for, Adley Adair with all her flaws and guts was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed her story immensely. I was hooked from the very first page and the story simply refused to let me go, or even go to sleep :) Adley and all the supporting characters were well written and interesting. No ...more
Casey Mcmahon
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is AMAZING! I am now reading it for the second time and it is even better the second time! This is not your average love story and it is such an intriguing book. You can't get enough of the characters or the story line!!!! It is such a fun interesting read! EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!! I can not wait till Blakney Francis releases another book.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
There were so many typos in this book it was distracting. The story was fine, but kind of lost track of the plot when I kept getting hung up on "thing" being used as "think" (sounds close, but so very wrong).
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite stories<3 The plot is light, sweet & completely original. I fell in love with Cam, Declan and especially the flawed & complicated Adley Adair. I am partial to 'regular girl, falls in love with hollywood hunk' type book, but this was that and much more. Great beach read!
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Heart wrenching. a must read!
Yasmin Vasquez
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was very emotional, I'm shocked its not critically acclaimed. This book takes you on a journey with the life of Adley Adair.
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh holy wow. This book was SO much more than I'd expected. It was sad and happy and cute and then sad again before a wonderful ending. Very different from any book I've ever read, but oh so worth it!
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Great read! I could not put it down. I did not agree with Adley's decisions but somehow the writer mede me to understand her. The book made me think a lot and I will definitely read it again.
Jenny Levine
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another book that I enjoyed reading soooo much!

Again, READ IT!!! :)
Lisa Pennington
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great first novel! Enjoyed this book and characters very much!
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This well written book hooked me from the very first pages. The author's writing is honest and articulate, and it's easy to identify with her suffering, particularly if you're of the age when you start to see people around you suffering from failing memory. After a quick succession of falls, the sensation of a head half-filled with cotton wool, a fatigue she couldn't fathom, slurred words, and even her fork slipping from her grasp, she receives a diagnosis of a stroke, but that's only the tip of ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good summer read. Slightly unbelievable but likable characters overall.
Sahana D
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
dont be deterred by the cover and the synopsis- this isnt the kind of book that will leave you frustrated and stupidly disappointed.

For its genre and purpose, this book is really great. despite being rather long, its a well written, entertaining, surprisingly poignant piece. It has a fair amount of depth but not enough to classify this as "heavy" reading. its funny enough and and the characters are both frustrating (*angry parent voice* adley...) and swoon worthy.

once you've read this book*: I
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.

I saw it as a different take on the typical Hollywood story. The main character is an outsider to the Hollywood scene, so I really enjoyed her take on the lifestyle.

Blakney Francis created a couple of very interesting characters, and it kept me reading the whole time. It's a light, quick read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a book that will make a good beach read or airplane book. That's where I read it-- on an airplane, and I found it helped the time
Avon Bernabe
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very beautiful story about being broken in the past and not knowing how to make yourself whole again for your present. Adley and Cam's story is heartbreaking and very sad, though what they had was true love. Can they move on? Since they had been so broken to what happened to them before.

Learn how to move on, and how to forgive.
Anne Marie
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I reluctantly read this book. I have to say I really enjoyed it! The review listed below about the Aussie slang is true. It is a bit much. To be fair the character is often using it facitiously. I also agree that the cover isn't doing the book any favors. The story is deeper than it appears in summary and cover.
Veronica Franco
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
BIG GESTURE, this is the only way to describe this book in a whole new level, because all the book is full of big gestures, but once again i dont like the idea of someone deciding about another person but i get this has to be that way ... thumbs up, and im looking forward for a book about the brat of the book <3 ...more
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