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Just Like That

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,580 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
When Hanna breaks up with her boyfriend of almost a year, she knows she's supposed to feel...something. Liberated, maybe? Sad? Instead, there's only one thing she feels for certain: She's in for a pretty dull winter. Well, there is her job in the swimwear department. What better way to spend her time than watching strangers squeeze into bikinis?

But then, in an instant, eve
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published May 19th 2005 by dial
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Jay H
Dec 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-it
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Trici Candelario
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading the book titled just like that by Marsha Qualey. A fiction book about a young girl's life and how everything in her life can change just like that. The main character is a girl named Hannah who's life changes after she learns a secret that caused a terrible accident.
This book is based on her life and the things that she goes through after the accident. Not only does her life change, but she changes a different person's life as well, a boy named will. She meets will aft
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
it was ok. really. but the way marsha qualey wrote it, it was not ok. it was poorly written. you don't know what the characters were talking about and why all of a sudden, a character is talking to this one when they barely knew each other. I felt lost while reading this. But then again, I pushed through the feeling and found some answers on few pages ahead. Just continue reading I told myself and bam, the answers were there.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it

I bought the paperback copy of this book and started reading it while I was at the office. My co-worker took off the thin plastic covering, thumbed through the pages and handed the book back to me. I noticed something different as soon as I touched it. The texture of the cover felt funny. It wasn't glossy like most book covers usually are but it wasn't exactly matte either. It felt kinda fuzzy. Do you know how it feels when you run your hands over a dusty table top? It sort of felt like that and
Jan 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
Isn't that cover wonderful? How could we get a bad story from that? Well it happened. I actually was really into it in the beginning, but it seemed too dramatic. Can't say I could really relate to the main character. I actually would have rather read a book about Will's sister. I bet that would have been interesting.
The title is very fitting though, because before Hanna knows it things change instantly, which is how most things are. There is this sort of twist in it that really didn't set well
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was deeply engaged by the protagonist of this one. Hanna deals with her world through her paints, her pencils, her crayons. She's prickly and sensitive and awkward. I liked her a lot, and was grateful for the last chapter. The plot's complex and interesting, the characters quirky and real. I want to read everything Marsh Qualey ever wrote, right away.
Tara Weiss
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Found this on a backroom shelf and couldn't put it down. Made me feel that it no matter how many challenges come your way, you can't focus on the negative and "wallow" in self pity. You have to move on and make the choices that are right for you.
Krystle May
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Krystle May by: School Library
It surprised me how much I loved this book. Sure, the preview intrigued me, thus I took it out of my library, but there was so much more to the story. I loved how this had so many elements to it that just smoothly transitioned into each other, considering things happened 'just like that.' This book is about love, friendship, betrayal, tragety, laws, passion, and so much more. This isn't just a story of a girl, it's a story of Hanna's life! She was so much more than 'just another character,' she ...more
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Girls
This book had an intriguing take on the involvment of art in an ordinary girl's life. Feeling like a scapegoat in an extremely awful incident that might have been somewhat avoidable, art is her only reprieve.
I think art was an interesting symbol to use to display a sense of belonging in a teenager's life. Feeling responsible for the deaths of two young people and carrying the burden of the secrets of the last moments of their lives is a hard thing to do.
This kind of concept reminds me of someth
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to ALEXA by: Jaymee
Shelves: read-in-2011
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

The premise of this book seemed interesting - but I found that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

I did come to semi-appreciate our MC, Hanna, who is experiencing an incredible amount of change in her life. Qualey managed to convey most of the reactions and emotions that one would feel in Hanna's place quite accurately. I felt quite compassionate for her during some of the more crazy scenarios that occurred; there were also times however
Feb 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Whenever I hear someone say "Twilight is the worst book I've ever read!", I always look that them with envy. If only I had such a blessed life as that, that in all the books I've ever read for Twilight to be worse of them. Sadly, Twilight looks like fine, classic literature in comparison to this book.

The plot makes absolutely no sense, the characters are completely unbelievable, and when the main character says on the first page that people think she's a bitch, they aren't kidding. Honestly, I t
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was kind of weird in the beginning and then it just got confusing, since you had no idea who people were or why they acted the way they did. This book could have been so much better, had there not only been a bit more detail but also some more information about the characters, since it was not until very late in the story did you realize why the characters had for example, tried to commit suicide, hid their identities, etc. This book was okay, but it's not one I would readily recommend ...more
Mikha ϟ
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I didn't like the ending though.
It shows that everything can and will change, just like that, without you expecting anything.
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book really makes you think. The story is sad, but makes you grateful for the little things in life. It could all be lost Just Like That.
Katherine Reynolds
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was not impressed with this novel at all, in fact, I only finished it, because I hate not finishing a book. The story line was okay, I enjoyed some parts, but I did not enjoy the writing. I felt that the writing made the story very difficult to follow and was awkward. The characters weren't very likable. The last chapter was randomly four years in the future--usually books write this as the epilogue. Overall, I read it. I would not read again, and it doesn't make me want to read anything by th ...more
Anya Zhang
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
After I read this book, I felt like I didn't want to start another book for at least another week, and just spend that week thinking about this book. I liked that this book was not at all cheesy, and it made you really think about the theme, and the deeper meaning of the book. I want to allow the taste of this book to stay for a while, and also so I can get this book sunk into my head. I feel like there could've been more description, but other than that, I think it was an amazing book.
Danica Tuohy
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I felt that the story had a lot of sub-plots that took away from the overall conflict, in my opinion they could have stayed closer to the main problem. However, I do understand that all of the sub-plots are the cause and effect of the overall plot. In my opinion, not bad, but I do feel like it could have been better and more enticing to the reader.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice short read! Kind of a mix between Pretty Little Liars and a cheesy romance!
Jackie Gueringer
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute book with some heavy emotional parts as well as nice comic relief
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, drama, realistic
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Anna Plank
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
In the novel Just Like That by Marsha Qualey, the 18-year-old senior, Hanna, managed in only one month to break up with her boyfriend, Spencer, lose her two best friends, and worst of all had the chance to prevent two deaths, but didn’t. All these incidents made Hanna have a bad day and made her want to be alone. This is when she decided that she wanted to take a walk at midnight, which she knew was a bad idea but forever changed her life. When she reached a lake, she sat down on a bench until a ...more
Joni Thomas
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hanna Martin has just broken up with her boyfriend of almost a year and is unsure how to feel about life. She knows she should feel sad or angry but instead she feels nothing. But then one midnight walk to clear her head changes everything about her life and makes her question her beliefs about love, friendship, and family.
I am so glad that I found this book in my local library. First off, the cover is beautiful. And I love the title, it is so thought provoking. Which describes the book as well,
Abigail Shafer
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
The theme of this story is that over reacting makes the situation worse. I liked this book because Hanna has an interesting story. Hanna had two best friends Maura and Kelsey. First, she breaks up with her boyfriend Spencer because she doesn't see the spark between them anymore. Then, she goes to the lake to think and she talks to a happy couple whose names were Lindsey and Derek. Since she's in a bad mood she encourages an argument between the two. Then, she goes home turns on the T.V. and she ...more
Izzy Dahlke
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The behind one accident turns Hanna’s life upside-down. How do you live knowing such a secret? Well now that Hanna has to live with it, the mountain tat is her life is crumbling beneath her. She built her life to succeed, a smart boyfriend, two good friends, and college lined up, but just that one secret changed everything. This one memory is like a tree on the hill and no matter how many times she chops it down it just grows right back up, bigger and stronger.
The main character Hanna is an 18
Jennifer - The Book Admirer
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just Like That by Marsha Qualey focuses on Hanna, a 18 year old senior who is at the time in her life where she is about to graduate high school but feels at odds about everything that is going on. She has a boyfriend, Spence, whom she has been with for almost a year yet doesn't feel connected to him in a way that most girls should feel with their long term boyfriend so she makes a grown up decision and breaks up with him. She has two very close friends who she shares everything with and after o ...more
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit-read
The reviews look good - nominated in the "Best Books of 2006" list by YALSA. Picking it up from the library today!


Just Like That is a wonderful book! I started it last night after finishing two other books, and ended up staying up really late because I could not put it down.

The book is considered YA fiction, but it's on the upper end of that spectrum because the protagonist, Hanna Martin, is eighteen-years old. Hanna takes a midnight stroll that changes everything for her; her life takes
Erin Hobbs
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Hanna Martin, a senior in high school, who may have been the last person to see a young couple alive before they fell through the ice on the lake. She struggles with this knowledge and draws to try to understand it, which leads her to meeting a young boy who also has ties to the couple. She quickly becomes involved with his family and their history, which in turn makes her curious about her own family. Throughout the book Hanna has many rough times due to her heavy secret, ...more
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