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Like No Other

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,025 ratings  ·  532 reviews
Fate brought them together. Will life tear them apart? 

Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing.

Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). 

They've spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 24th 2014 by Razorbill
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Sophia P I agree. But the author hasn't announced anything about a second book. Hopefully she's in the process of writing it!…moreI agree. But the author hasn't announced anything about a second book. Hopefully she's in the process of writing it!(less)
Birdie Reader I actually enjoyed this book more than Eleanor and Park. While it is similar in a lot of ways, I found that there were certain topics explored in Like…moreI actually enjoyed this book more than Eleanor and Park. While it is similar in a lot of ways, I found that there were certain topics explored in Like No Other that I didn't see in Eleanor and Park. I would definitely recommend this book.(less)

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Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Queen Ella Bee Reads

BEFORE we get started...
I think I should clarify what I'm going to cover in this review with a list.

1. The Jewish Stuff: I went to Jewish Private School for 14 years, did a gap year at a midrasha (all-girl's school for Jewish studies) in Israel, and served on the Hillel board at my university for two years. Frum from birth, as Devorah so frankly puts it early on in this story. (Yes, that is a thing and yes, I laughed when I read it.) So, technicali
I mostly liked this book, but ended up being disappointed by the end. It left me with the sense that, despite the dual narration, Jaxon isn't there to have his own story. At the end I felt like his whole character, who I had liked and been invested in, was just a plot device for Devorah's coming-of-age or whatever. ...more
Aug 02, 2014 added it
This book was annoying. I grew up in a Lubavitch community, even though my family isn't Hasidic. I frequent Crown Heights. I've spent Shabbat and holidays with my friends in their homes there, gone to concerts and galleries and open mics there, eaten in amazing restaurants there. But would you know any of that exists in Crown Heights from this book? No. Crown Heights is a hub of Jewish creativity, but the impression you get from this book is that it's a glorified prison.

This is a ridiculous por
Odette Brethouwer
OMG this book is amazing.

Can I rate this 6*? No? Hmm.

If you love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, you should really read this! This is also about diversity, but about religion and race. The religion-thing is really well explained, which is really unique to this book. I love that extra about this book.

I've read this book because my local bookstore is organizing a YA evening (Yes how cool is that!) and this is one of the two books we are going to talk about (the other one is Simon, it is about
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Is this a romance or a coming of age/coming into belief story? Sure, it can be both, but I'm afraid this book ultimately did not convince me of either. Like No Other started out so strong, and I loved the Rainbow Rowell-like narrative voice, as well as the "meet cute" thing and awkward flirting.

Romantically, things move way, way too fast after that for my taste, however. First date, first kiss, first grope...past the first few initial conversations, those didn't feel earned, either th
Munro's Kids
Jun 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Warning: Possible spoilers ahead.

I did not finish this book. Regardless, I am rating it one star out of five because what I read just made me so very angry. This book is marketed as a modern-day West Side Story, featuring a romance between a traditional Hasidic Jew (Devorah) and a Caribbean boy (Jaxon) living in New York. The two teenagers become trapped on an elevator together when the power goes out at a local hospital. They instantly connect and can't stop thinking about each other. Devorah i
To me the greatest love story of all time is not really a love story at all. It's a story about teenage lust and naivity. When I became a teenager myself I started to question if Romeo and Juliet were ever really in love at all. Was it just lust? Love at first sight seems so unbelievable...

But it's Like No Other that made me understand how a person can fall so hard in just a few minutes. In the beginning of the book I believed they had fallen in love. Never did I question why that happened. To D
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I just love this book so much (although I wasn't really satisfied with the ending but a good one anyway). This book also taught me a lot about religion specifically the practice of Hasidic. Still wish that Jaxon and Devorah might end up together even in my dreams.... Urghh!! This book broke my heart :((( ...more
She looks back down at me, and I open my mouth to say what I came to say, but she raises a finger to her lips and shakes her head urgently. So I do the only thing I can, the only thing I feel, which is to raise one hand to my heart like I’m about to say the Pledge of Allegiance, only not to any flag but to Devorah. And I just stare up at her and think, I love you I love you I love you.
The light is getting hazy, that soft orangey glow that will soon give way to purple dusk, but it’s bright enough
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dove into Like No Other after Eleanor & Park because I felt like my heart hadn’t quite been ripped out of my chest and I wanted to finish the job.

The story perfectly captures what it is like to be a teenager balancing the religion you were born into with what you know to be true. It also re-enforces the fact that religion largely benefits straight men. The sections where Devorah describes what life is like for Hasidic women reminded me of The Handmaid's Tale. What makes her struggle interestin
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Leslie Odom Jr.'s narration is a saving grace in this audiobook. The star-crossed teen romance was too much for me, but maybe I am just old and bitter now. ...more
Marie the Librarian
A sweet and sad love story a la West side story! I did not like the ending though, but I get it:)
”I run all the way home, half a mile, my feet barely touching the pavement, my heartbeat flooding my ears again and again like a bass line that sings. Devorah, Devorah, Devorah.”

Somebody’s been watching too much West Side Story, apparently!!!

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Jaxon and Devorah were never supposed to meet. Nice Jewish Hasidic girls don’t mingle with outsiders, especially when said outsider is a young, black teenager. But that’s exactly what happens when Devorah gets stuck in an elevator during a freak hurr
Jun 10, 2014 added it
Shelves: pla14
Like No Other appears to be a book based on clear, solid divides. Jaxon’s ancestors are West Indian; Devorah’s mostly-covered skin is pale. Jaxon comes from an average happy family; Devorah has been raised with restrictive regulations. Even the setting physically separates these characters, placing a street between them and confining them to their own neighborhoods—and that is not the only thing keeping them apart. Devorah and Jaxon can never be together; their cultures are simply too different ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on: Rather Be Reading Blog

This is the thing about forbidden love. We root for it to work, iron out its creases and prosper so we can believe in the impossible too.

Even though Devorah and Jaxon’s connection is a bit instantaneous, I was immediately hooked by their intersecting stories, hoping they could get their happily ever after. In alternating chapters, we learn of Devorah’s devotion to her Hasidic upbringing and the immense love she feels for her family while we see
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, really. The writing and characterization were strong; my problem was that I just didn't buy that these two characters would fall in love so quickly.

If I put that aside, though, then I really enjoyed the themes and conflicts. Devorah's struggle to reconcile her individuality, and her desire for freedom, with the faith and culture she was raised in, is very compelling and relatable. It would be easy to paint the Hasidic world as backwards and repressive, but I think the author does a go
Charlotte (readwithchar)
A book told from multiple character POVs ✔
reading is my hustle
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Sweet but sad story about a young 16 year old girl trapped by her circumstances. But she makes the best of it, I guess.
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
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“Where do I begin? I’m here because the night of the hurricane, my parents were just three miles from here, sitting around my Aunt Varda’s kitchen table having instant coffee instead of sitting in the waiting room of Interfaith Medical Centre. I’m here because I got thirsty, and the stairs seemed like too much work. I’m here because I let myself talk to a stranger, whose kind eyes managed to light a flame in a hear
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There’s a storm raging across New York, and at a Brooklyn hospital two teenagers from vastly different worlds are about to collide.

Jaxon is sixteen-years-old and currently sitting by his best friend’s bedside, after Ryan attempted to jump a fallen tree branch with his skateboard and got a broken arm in the process.

Devorah is also sixteen, sitting in a waiting room with her pious brother-in-law, Jacob, awaiting the premature birth of her first niece. As the generators power on, Devorah becomes i
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: really-liked
I really loved this book! It was such a page turner, and I loved the way it provided insight into Devorah's Hasidic Jewish culture. That is a culture I know almost nothing about, so it was fascinating to me to learn more about it through this story. The New York City setting was really cool too. The characters were so real and well-crafted and it was easy to love & get invested in their storylines. But...even though this book is dual POV with both Devorah and Jaxon telling sections of the story, ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
4.5 stars

Like No Other didn’t immediately call to me, which isn’t surprising since forbidden romance is one of the tropes that doesn’t really get my shippy heart beating. Still, when Dahlia (Behind the Scenes/Under the Lights/Just Visiting) and Gaby (Bookish Broads) recommended it very highly, I added it to my to-read list. Then, my TBR pile being what it is, I sort of forgot about it. Then, however, I finally decided it was time to get into audiobooks again. One of the audiobook review emails I
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: HS students- kids that like romance, drama or are struggling to find themselves
Recommended to Jamie by: YA Lit Class
I really liked this audio book!! I don’t think I’d ever have gotten through all the Yiddish language in the text, but the audio really made it come to life. Living in the small town West, a star-crossed love between a black teenage boy & a Hasidic Jewish girl isn’t something I’m likely to come across, but the story still rings true in regards to any culturally “forbidden” relationship. I kept thinking this was totally a Romeo & Juliet kind of story, so without spoiling the ending, I’m happy to r ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
This book was addictive and reminded me of a thriller at times. This star-crossed lovers story is enlightening as well as scary at times, and there were genuine parts where I gasped because I couldn't get over what was happening. LaMarche is super respectful about the Jewish faith in this story, and if anything through Devorah's character, I learned a lot about what it means to have a Hasidic upbringing and yet I couldn't help myself but cheer for her and Jaxon to be together.

An excellent read!
Megan May
I liked the idea of this book. The author had a great idea and I think she captures the way Devorah sneaks around and struggles with her faith in a very raw way. This is the only reason I liked this book. The love story woven into it seemed forced, I thought it was too cliche. Don’t get me wrong I love a good romance but this book was written so well when it came to get faith I thought it lacked something in the romance aspect.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whoa. This book is a lot. Great to learn more about different communities living here in Brooklyn. And I felt like Devorah's character development and family were particularly fascinating for me! ...more
Sashi Kaufman
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Loved it and learned from it. The ultimate combination for me! Showed beautifully how teenage love in its simplest form can be complicated by family and religion but is ultimately still teenage love -desperate and determined. Loved the smart thoughtful choices the author (and characters) made.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, but I was disappointed with the ending. This book follows two teenagers that find themselves stuck in an elevator together due to a hurricane. Devorah is a Hasidic Jewish girl that has never been around a boy, other than men in her family. Jaxon is an African American boy that is fun-spirited and has only really comfortable around his four younger sisters. Watch their journey as they fall in love and are simply forbidden to be together. They risk everything to try to be toget ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
The following is excerpted from my review for The Jewish Daily Forward, follow the link to see my entire review.

In her new young adult novel, “
Like No Other,” author Una LaMarche explores the racial and religious tensions in Crown Heights through the chance encounter of a West Indian boy and a Hasidic girl and the relationship that blossoms between the two.

When a hurricane traps Devorah Blum and Jaxon Hunte in an elevator, the two Crown Heights teenagers find themselves drawn into a forbidden ro
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like romance/sweet love
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Una LaMarche is a writer and amateur Melrose Place historian who lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, her son, and her hoard of vintage Sassy magazines. Una used to be a fancy magazine and newspaper editor before she had a baby and started writing from home, sometimes pantsless, for a living. Her first novel, Five Summers, is being released from Razorbill in May, and she’s currently in de ...more

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