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Constantly in the spotlight thanks to her politician father's rising star, Olivia Blakely feels the pressure to be perfect. As the youngest girl in her class, she tries hard to keep up and to seem mature to the older boy she's crushing on, even as she catches his eye. But the need to look good on camera and at school soon grows into an all-consuming struggle with bulimia. ...more
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Sarah
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HQ and NetGalley.)

This was a YA contemporary story about a politician’s daughter with bulimia.

I felt quite sorry for Liv in this as she seemed to have so much going on, and seemed to be completely self-destructing as the book went along.

The storyline in this was about Liv’s life struggling with her eating disorder, and trying to live up to her parent’s expectations of her. She struggled with her bulimia, she struggled with self-harm,
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Kate (beautifulbookland)
First of all, I just want to put a trigger warning on this book for anyone who suffers with an eating disorder or self harms. You might want to proceed with caution.

Books about eating disorders are sort of like when you see a really disturbing image on the telly, and you don't want to look but you just can't stop yourself. I've suffered from anorexia for around 5 years now, and spent 2 of those years in a psychiatric hospital, and while I'm better and eating now, I still get triggered really eas
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Erin
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warning for scenes involving self-harm, underage drinking, and the topic of eating disorders, specifically bulimia.
My previous experience with Melissa De la Cruz was reading "The Witches of East End" and this book is certainly not dealing in magic. Rather, Cruz's character, Liv is a high school student with a talent for art, but a very low self esteem. Her parents are distracted by her father's political race for
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Alaina Meserole
I absolutely love Melissa de la Cruz and her writing. So when I saw this book was new this year (and month) AND it was available at my library.. well you don't have to tell me twice. I clicked the "reserve" button way too quickly.

Someone to Love's cover is freaking beautiful that I just wanted to kiss the book when I picked it up. I didn't actually do that because I probably would've freaked out the librarians who were watching me..

Now this book is about Olivia, aka Liv, who is the daughter of
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz is a YA novel that digs deep into the issues surrounding bulimia. While there is some enlightening information contained in this book that will educate its readers about a serious and often ignored topic, there are too many other topics that this book also attempts to address, which seems to detract from the original theme. The main character is one that can be empathized with, but she is not one that I found to be particularly enjoyable. This book contains ...more
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Rating: 3.5/5

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Nasty Lady MJ
Jan 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Note, originally I two starred this, but upon reflection I can't justify the extra star. This book is just too much.

Warning, this book is trigger inducing if you suffer from body dysmorphia, have an eating disorder, experienced sexual assault, and have committed self harm you might want to avoid this book. Because the book goes into in great detail, and God knows I could see it as trigger inducing. Even though I haven’t personally suffered from any of these th
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Resch Reads
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
*Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*

I wanted to fall madly in love with this book...but alas I couldn't. I have been reading Melissa de la Cruz since she published her Blue Blood Series, way back in the day. So I thought this book would be a slam dunk but the topic of an eating disorder is dangerous water to tread in. The reason is, as someone who once struggled with one, I find authors have a hard time accurately portraying the internal struggles and it usually ends quickly wit
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This was an okay book about a girl with bulemia who finds herself in the public spotlight when her dad decides to run for governor.

The story was paced a little slowly but it rattled along okay and I guess it shed some light on topics that are relevant, like constantly feeling compared to other girls, self-harm, parental pressure and eating disorders. There were some aspects of the book that didn't feel so relevant, though. Like the problems Olivia has with being in the public spotlight (can't se
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Laura
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, ebook
I have a love / hate relationship with this book. On the one hand I really loved it, but on the other hand I can understand how problematic this is and can be detrimental for people suffering from eating disorders, self harm and associated mental health conditions. I'd approach this one with caution.

See my spoilery thoughts:

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Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley

DNF @ 20%

I'm not really feeling this one at the moment. I'm in a bit of a slump recently, especially when it comes to contemporary. I may or may not go back to it later.
Shauna Yusko
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not sure this was entirely successful. Seemed like just too much thrown into the story and some of the plot points didn't have the depth or wrap up they deserved.
Sabrina Fox
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Trigger Warning: Self-harm, eating disorders

I'm not really big into contemporary, but this book was a welcome surprise. I received it in the mail, let it sit on my counter for a few days so I could finish another book, then picked this one up.
At first I really thought I wasn't going to be able to get into it. It seemed so cliche, the main character, Liv, seemed too shallow.
Fast-forward to a couple hours later: still in the same spot, still in the same position on the couch. Devouring this book.

W
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❤ Aly ❤
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-2018
First book that I have ever read on this topic. I mean the fact that bulimia is front and center was a different experience for me. I felt uncomfortable during some scenes *trigger warning for self harm*
I felt horrible for Olivia. I mean the fact that a past boyfriend told her that she was fat when she was 120 pounds was heartbreaking. Since the breakup, she set her goal weight to be under 100 pounds with whatever means necessary. She was getting worse throughout the book. She went from making h
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Allison
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really disliked this book and I should have stopped reading after the first few chapters but I figured I would give it a real good chance and I hate quitting books. First of all there are lots of triggers like eating disorders, bulimia, depression, anxiety and cutting. It really wasn't the content that bothered me it was the characters especially Olivia and her major flaws. I know I have never had to deal with those issues so I can't really sympathize with her but I just really found her annoy ...more
Anne Oftedahl
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Melissa de la Cruz strikes once again

I missed the fact that this was even coming out, and have heard nothing about it, but this is an incredible book.
A strong story combined with poetic and artistic language leaves a big impact after having read this...
Trigger warnings for eating disorders, sexual harassment, self-harm and an overall self-hating and self-destructive thought-process
Kristen
This novel did such a poor job of addressing sexual assault. Very disappointing. Plus in the end, the main character was able to 'fix' her eating disorder and binge drinking so easily.
Lara
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

I can't decide whether this book deserves 3 or 4 stars so 3.5 it is!
Cali Burke
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book at the perfect time in my life to truly appreciate all the beautiful and magical lessons within. SO thankful for another one of Melissa de la Cruz's books.
Ailsa
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A moving but timely novel about a subject unfortunately very close to a lot of young women's hearts, eating disorders.

Olivia is the daughter of a politician and suffers from pressure from all sides - family, friends, school, relationships. Although her life is a little more glamorous than most of the readers will be, the struggles she deals with are ones which are almost universal to teenagers these days. I loved her friendships, especially with Antonia, and think this book will be very relatabl
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Sydney Huff
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher I won a free advanced copy of this book here on Goodreads. I absolutely love everything that Melissa De La Cruz writes but my favorite so far has been the Witches of East End because I'm a big reader of fantasy and supernatural books. I usually don't read the typical romance novels because they usually don't keep my attention but this book surpassed those expectations. I'm very happy with it and how she wrote about the topic of bulimia. Eating disorders can kill and are c ...more
Larissa Katarina
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway but it does in no way reflect my review.


I liked the topic it dealt with, it showed the hard truth of the matter. It was very slow though and sometimes dragged. I wanted it a little more faster paced and to go a little more in depth with the side effects of the topic.
Tiffany Jones
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Olivia Blakely is constantly in the spotlight due to her politician father's rising star and this causes her to feel an incredible amount of pressure to be perfect. She finds herself struggling to be exactly what her parents want her to be, what her friends want her to be, and what the general public wants her to be. As the youngest girl in her class, she works hard to keep up and prove her maturity to her classmates and the older boy that she has a crush on. But, the need to look good on camera ...more
Teenreadsdotcom
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Olivia Blakely’s father announces that he is running for governor, Olivia suddenly feels even more pressure to be perfect. However, she’s been struggling with an eating disorder, making the pursuit of perfection more complicated. Olivia must learn to block out her negative inner voice and follow her dreams of becoming an artist. SOMEONE TO LOVE by Melissa de la Cruz follows Olivia as she learns to accept that she needs help and that it’s okay if not everything is flawless.

I have read severa
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Emily
Jan 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has the potential to be incredibly triggering to those that have suffered or are suffering with either an eating disorder or self-harm - please read it knowing your own limits. I myself have been in recovery for just over five years now and I found some parts left me drawing my breath, and needing to just walk away from it.

Going solely on Someone to Love, as my first book by Melissa de la Cruz, I can honestly say that I don’t plan on reading any of her other books anytime soon. I hea
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Sharen Popoff
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for letting me read and review this book.

Olivia is a struggling teen full of self-doubt and loathing that manifests itself in an eating disorder, self harm, and reckless behaviors. The anguish she feels, and how she smothers those feelings, are at times difficult to read. the author doesn't hide the spiral of destruction, nor make a solution look easy and unrealistic.

I did worry that the book could be a little too helpful to a young adult looking at pr
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Silvia
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received an advanced readers copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the lovely people at HQ who sent me a copy to review. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I honestly had no idea what this book was about before I started, just that it was written by Melissa De La Cruz and that I had to read it.
Olivia is a politician's daughter who struggles with bulimia, self doubt and her parents high expectations. She believes she is a social outcast with only two friends but thin
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K
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Melissa de la Cruz normally hits it out of the park. Her novels are normally really different from others in the same genre. She has a unique quality to her writing.

However, she dropped the ball on this one.

The novel focuses on a character with bulimia. And while there are points that mention the anguish she feels, the heavy emotions, the angst... I think it glosses over everything important. The people in her life knew she was sick, or at least suspected it, and were all just like, "ehh, okay.
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Malia
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I was surprised at the low rating for this one. De la Cruz is a good author. But after reading it, I have to say I can see why. I like the premise. But it seemed this book could have used some tighter editing. I'm pretty sure I even saw a typo because the sentence didn't make sense the way it's printed. But mostly it needed to be tighter in the narrative. Olivia would have the same thoughts over and over again. One page she'd say so-and-so was doing this. And then basically say the same thing on ...more
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