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Someone to Love

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  768 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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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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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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,
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
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
Stephanie Fitzgerald
What stood out to me:
So heart-breaking that a lovely, smart teenage girl saw only fat and ugliness when she looked in the mirror. The dad’s political aspirations were certainly a contributing factor to his daughters’ lack of self-esteem, which led to her eating disorder.
Red Flags:
The main character is bulemic and goes to extreme lengths to hide her condition. She also graphically cuts herself deliberately when depressed. Underage age drinking is prevalent, and some of the language used is quite
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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
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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
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Lost in Book Land
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recently finished listening to Someone to Love by Melissa De La Cruz. I am a huge fan of her books and I felt like I went through this audiobook pretty fast. I made it my commute audiobook and then last weekend I listened to several hours at home. I will say there could be a lot of triggers in this book as it covers sensitive topics such as eating disorders.


This book focuses on Liv a teenage girl, the daughter of a politician, and someone who is being pressured to be perfect and
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.5/5

Review to come!
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
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I created a drawing that was originally inspired by a quote from this book. Please read the description of the drawing (I know it's really long).
also, please don't judge my artistic skills, I'm really not an artist.

I will probably create a real review for this book sometime in the future.
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
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
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2018
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.

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Megan  (thebookishtwins)
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.
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.
Sabrina Kaye 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.

❤ Aly ❤
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 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
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
Liv Caks
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was incredibly powerful and moving.

The ideas that Melissa draws out throughout the story, combined with the dynamic stream-of-consciousness narration by the protagonist, propels the emotional and stirring impact of this novel upon it’s readers. I am truly captivated by this novel - it is raw and unafraid of exposing the truth behind these (sometimes sadly idealised) topics.

If you’re looking for a contemporary novel with something a bit extra, that leaves you further enlightened, reach
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading this was hard. Not because of the length of it, or because it was badly written but because it dealt with topics that hit home a little close. Apart from the triggering aspect, I think the way the story flowed made sense and I loved that at the end it was all not fixed by a friggin love interest.
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
Charlotte Streat
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was heartbreaking throughout and heartwarming toward the very end. At the start of this book, we found out that Olivia 'Liv' Blakely was the daughter of a politician. In this book, Liv was struggling. Liv wants to make sure she looks good in front of the camera because she and her family would be making important public appearances because her father was running for governor. She wanted to make sure she helps an image to herself, to her suddenly new friends and her "maybe-boyfriend". L ...more
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
Shelves: 2018-books-read
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.
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
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
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.
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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