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Libby's having a rough senior year. Her older brother absconded with his college money and is bartending on a Greek island. Her dad just told her she's got to pay for college herself, and he's evicting her when she graduates so he can Airbnb her room. A drunken hook-up with her coworker Kyle has left her upset and confused. So when Perry Ackerman, serial harasser and the ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really, really loved this book. Wow. I went into this expecting to enjoy it, but I truly didn't expect to love it as much as I did and for it to become a new all-time favorite. This book has a mostly lighthearted tone, but it definitely dives deep into how hard it can be to process and work through trauma caused by sexual assault. So, while I do wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone and everyone that is interested in it, I definitely think you should check out the trigger warnings first ...more
BookNightOwl
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
He must like you deals with some tough themes such as sequel harassment and rape. It also deals with mental illness and dysfunctional families. I enjoyed the story and and reading from the main characters point of view and thinking. Every teen girl should read this.
Jay G
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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*I recieved an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Libby is in her senior year of highschool, trying to earn enough money through her waitressing job to make it to college next year. Her father is threatening to kick her out to start his own Air BnB after her brother abandoned the fmaily to bartend in Greece and to make things even more complicated, she hooked up with
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Jenny
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐

Trigger warnings: sexual harassment, sexual assult/rape, abusive parent/family, misogyny, depression(/bipolar disorder?)

Danielle Younge-Ullman tackles a complex subject in a way that entertains you, but also makes you think real hard about some behaviours in a post #metoo society.

I have to admit, I found the beginning of this book harder to read than I anticipated. From the very first chapter, Libby is assaulted by a middle-aged man. We are then thrown back 3 months earlier, into a dinner
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Nursebookie
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, newadult
HE MUST LIKE YOU
By Danielle Younge-Ullman

He Must Like You follows Libby, a high schooler whose life is falling apart and spiraling in a fast pace. Imagine getting asked to move out so that your room can be rented out for AirBNB by your dad, you have a waitressing job and you are getting sexually assaulted as you are saving up for college, and a hook up with a co-worker, oh my what more can happen for Libby.

In this hilarious and lighthearted approach to serious topics, I thought that
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Helen
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bar was extremely high for this book, as far as my expectations, as detailed below. It was a delight to have those expectations met, and surpassed.

There is much to love about this book. Our imperfect protagonist Libby sincerely struggles to improve as her world um does not. Her best friend supports and shields her (on line and literally with her body), while Libbys parents though well-intentioned are among the most destructive aspects of her life. There is a memorable, unique and
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Cindy
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And she does it again!! Some authors tackle important issues but arent the most engaging of writers, while others are talented writers but just dont quite hit the mark when it comes to the issues they are trying to deal with. Danielle definitely excels at both - her writing flows so effortlessly that I became totally engrossed in Libbys story, and she also knows just how to weave the important issues into her writing to make the most impact on the reader.

He Must Like You opened my eyes to the
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Alanna King
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lily
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
{4.5} This story is so heartwrenching because to the readers, the hardship and clear sexual assault that Libby goes through is so clear. But yet this book is so real because of the confusion and conflict that she feels about whether or not she is a victim and how to move forward with her life. This book did such an elegant job of detailing so many different perspectives and sides of sexual assault/harassment while also facing various other issues like abuse from her father and confusing ...more
Miranda
Considering how much it generally gets right, the fact that the book seems to treat Libby's father's behavior as merely "dysfunctional" and "shit disturbing" instead of the abuse it actually is was a huge problem for me. Yes, they eventually talk about it and he faces repercussions for his actions, but he was verbally abusive, physically threatening, and financially abusive. The book never comes out and uses that word, though, which is puzzling to me.

Racism is also brought up literally in the
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Bookbringer
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
More like 3,5/5. Did not care for the ending.
Jaye Berry
Sep 18, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
I did not vibe with this at all and it isn't even worth the time to finish, bye.
thi
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
tw: workplace sexual harassment, rape (off page; considered after the fact); victim blaming; mc with PTSD; confrontation with rapist; parental depression

I know from the above it sounds really heavy but really its about ... medium heavy?

A book centred around how sexual harassment is truly and unfortunately so common its deemed normal and receives passive aggressive treatment by far too many, but not all!! Libby, our mc is self aware but doesnt back down!!

That said Libby doesnt come out
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Emily (emilykatereads)
"My mom said the same thing to me in first grade when I told her Rod Catena and his friendswretched cretins even back thenwere spending recess throwing balls of ice at Emma and me.

'He must like you,' she said, as she gently attended to the goose egg on the side of my head. 'He probably has a crush on you.'"


Rage, frustration, empathy, understanding. That's what this book brought out in me.

So many of us can relate to aspects of Libby's story, and that's what made this book heart-wrenching. We
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Nnenna
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-tbr
Thank you to the publisher for giving me a free copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

Im on a YA kick at the moment and this was another great read. HE MUST LIKE YOU is a contemporary YA book featuring Libby, a senior in high school, whose life is falling apart. Her parents have recently informed her that she has to move out once she graduates and that the college fund theyd saved for her is gone. On top of that, she has a pretty confusing sexual experience with one of her coworkers, and at
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Shelby
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC via Netgalley
3.5 stars
HE MUST LIKE YOU is a very important, relevant book telling the story of Libby, who has been sexually assaulted and is working her way to justice and healing. While this is an extremely heavy topic and very relevant today, the author handled it with care and was able to also throw in supportive friends and coworkers who helped Libby through her journey, as well as provided humor and lighthearted times throughout the
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Beth
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2020
I went into this book with some trepidation, only because the last YA novel I read with similar themes - Michigan vs. The Boys - was incredible and set a very high and exacting standard.

Admittedly, this book takes on a much lighter tone when confronting the issues of sexual harassment, assault, and mental health struggles, and yet the importance of the messages aren't diminished at all. It is still painful to read about Libby's confusion as to whether or not she was raped, or what her role she
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Ashley Lynne
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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✰ Alexandra ✰
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
TW: Sexual Assault, Rape

I was really excited to read this one when I heard it was tackling the important discussion of consent and while I do think that Younge-Ullman creates a space for these lessons to be learned, I had a hard time connecting to the writing and the overall plot.

Libby, a high school senior is struggling with making ends meet for her college fund and longs to escape her town, especially from multiple male acquaintances she is consistently surrounded by. Because of these issues,
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Cathi - LovesBooksMore
Wow. As a mom of two teen daughters this was difficult yet powerful to read.

Libby has had some rough changes in her life recently being forced to grow up quickly. To top it off, she has been sexually assaulted. She struggles with trying to decide if that is really what happened and how she deals with the overwhelming feelings she now has and how to deal with them.

You cant help to root for Libby in this book and support her to the end.
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Tracey
This YA novel explains consent jn an excellent, relatable way for high school and older, and for both young women and men. It also speaks about friendship, dysfunctional families, and sexual harassment. The story is told in the voice of a confused and angry high school senior girl who learns how to assert herself.
Lauren Hannough-Bergmans
Alongside Moxie and Female of the Species, this is going on my top teen reads for budding feminists list. This book features such an important conversation about consent, and how it isnt always clear, and the dangers of putting yourself and others past where their lines are drawn. Libby is such a great character who is at once unsure of herself and filled with such power. ...more
Taryn
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
HE MUST LIKE YOU is an excellent YA contemporary exploring consent, rage, familial relationships and so much more. Infuriating in its relatability, Younge-Ullmans depictions of the life of a teenage girl are so realistic. The discussions surrounding rape culture & consent were very nuanced and well done, exploring the many different perspectives and ways in which sexual harassment & assault occurs. Libbys confusion as she was working through her own experiences is hard to read at times ...more
Jennifer
Loved it! Danielle Younge-Ullman has an incredible ability to tell a story without trying to play on your emotions. I encourage every young woman to read it!
Ria Reads Books
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books Ive read this year. ...more
Susan Marshall
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heart-wrenchingly real and engrossing novel about the difficult issues around consent that should be a must-read for every teen.
Isabel
Sep 17, 2020 added it
i did not vibe with this.
Lexi Nylander
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was good in an I-read-it-in-two-days way but not good in an I'll-think-about-this-again-way. It handled tricky, intense topics like sexual assault and blurred consent in a really great way though. I also rly enjoyed the angry/depressed dad plotline and everything that came with that. There was a lot in this that came together really nicely and taught you something without Teaching You Something, which is a plus for me. 3.5 but I'll give it a 4 because why not.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Another win from Danielle Younge-Ullman.

He Must Like You deals with consent and rape so if those are your triggers, stay away.
Deep_Abyss
3.5 stars

I wrote a whole review why I didnt like this story as much as I thought I would, and then I realized it sounded rude and vague. So now, its going to be short and simple. This story didnt work for me.

The whole plot felt fast and short, and too much was happening. The main character sounded sharp and strong at first, but as the story grew on, I felt like I lost the character I knew. Thats it. No shame. I dont hate this book. Its good. Thats it.
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Danielle Younge-Ullman is the award-winning author of the young adult novels, HE MUST LIKE YOU (July 2020), EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED (2018), LOLA CARLYLES 12 STEP ROMANCE (2015), and the adult novel, FALLING UNDER (2008). Danielles work has been published internationally, won the White Pine and Earphone awards, and been nominated for multiple awards and best-of lists, including the ...more

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