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Not the Same

(Not Alone Novellas #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Aron Lincoln never meant to take on the role of parent.
He was only ten years old.
His job was to be a big brother, one his little brother could learn from—maybe even look up to.
He wasn’t supposed to be the one his brother depended on for protection.
But when their Dad walked away, and their Mom chose something else over them, Aron was left with no choice.
He made a vow
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 23rd 2018 by Independently published
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Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The well written storyline and the well developed characters kept me totally enthralled as I turned each and every page! I was so invested in this story that I ended up reading this book in one sitting and I look forward to reading what this author writes next!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent story! I had the pleasure of listening to this novella on my kindle, while at work, this story grabbed my attention and didn't let go to the last page was flipped; it was very well-written.
Annie's reading corner
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018
I was looking forward to reading Aron's story. If you like him in Not the end, here you will absolutely love him. The story was very good and emotional; truly an enjoyable reading.
I find very interesting that each of the Not Alone Novellas deals with delicate topics and they are developed beautifully.
I would really like to see Aron and Dimah in the future.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I read Not the End by Gabriela and I am happy to read about Aron’s story in not the same. He took over the role of protector for his little brother while his mother stayed high on drugs. They both find love from their aunt that they should have received from their mother. Very touching story :)
Eileen Robinson
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
An easy 5 stars for this one.
This is Aron's story, its a story of pain, hurt, anguish, trust destroyed, betrayed and a young man living with pressures no child should endure. Son of a drug dealer and alcoholic, Aron has spent his life trying to be a parent for his younger brother whilst struggling to stay at school. This book tore at my heart, so many young people now are actually living through these kind of situations, and this author has written a harsh subject beautifully that gives you as
Cynthia Carpenter
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From Beginning to end this book takes on a very emotional heartbreaking read about Aron and the life he had to grow up fast to take care of his brother. With every page there are twist and turns that will hurt your heart and leave you with it being put back together by the end. Amazing read that left me breathless and crying and getting mad at the same time. Can't wait to see what she does next.
Katrina Haynes
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Gianna book which this one didn't disappoint at all. It was short story. This is Aron who we meet in the Not the End This is such a great story which I think you will enjoy reading it.. It was such a page turner from beginning to end.. ...more
Diane plourde
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a 5 star novella that I just Devoured. This is Aron’s side of his story that started at a young age. Aron is in the story Not The End.

I got to see how he grew up too fast to a mother that was emotionally not there for him and his little brother. He was a parent to his parent.

I just adored Aron and Ethan, they made me feel so much. I wanted to take them under my wing and just hug them. Beautifully written where it felt just right. It didn’t feel short, it just complimented Not The End.
C Exley Books (Cassandra)
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018
Another awesome read by this author. I read this in on sitting.

This is Aron’s story. The things he has to go through as a teenager are rough and no kid or teen should have to but unfortunately they do.

Son of a drug dealer and alcoholic, Aron has spent his life trying to be a parent for his younger brother, Ethan whilst struggling to stay at school.

This book makes us understand why Aron is the person that wanted to help and protect in Not the Same (book #1).

I highly recommend this book.
C Gray
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked Aron in Not The End but now I love him. This is Aron’s story. The things he has to go through as a teenager are rough and no kid or teen should have to but unfortunately they do. If I could give this 10 stars, I’d want to give it more it’s that good ...more
Rebecca Austin
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-author
Aron was only 10 years old when his dad left and he seemed to take over the role of parent when his mom fell into despair.

But as Aron grows up how much will he be willing to sacrifice to take care of his little brother, Ethan? Will anyone out there give them the help they need?

This was a beautiful novella about finding strength and protecting the ones you love above anything else.

I was so proud of Aron for raising Ethan and being there for him when things were tough with his mom spiraling
Clare Harrison
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So young was he when his life was turned upside down. His family a broken mess.

Football was his thing. A passion, a commitment a freedom.

His dream shelved, as his younger brother becomes his responsibility.

Life is hard, life is tough and you gotta keep fighting.

Short and sweet but with a deep and painful message surrounded by brotherly love and commitment.

Aron undeserving of the life thrust upon him. He's the guy everyone sees as carefree but in reality that's not the case at all.

Ethan is
Mary Dean
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As if I didn't already love Aron Lincoln enough from book one Not The End , book two Not The Same has me falling more in love with him. This is his story. These are facts of how he came to be the strong and good hearted man he is for Dimah. If you read book one (which if you haven't, go now!) then you will know Aron as her savior and the boy who showed her real love. We knew he had a past but it was a mystery mostly. Now we have the story. And it will grip your heart! Aron is proof that we make ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book which comes after Not the End, and Wow, just wow! This is a short novella but it doesn't lack in feeling or intensity. Aron has had to grow up quickly and be the parent to his little brother, Ethan, after his father walked out on them and his mother turned to drugs. You can feel the growing frustration, the hope and the pain of hopes dashed when it everything falls apart. It shows how our actions can affect those around us, even when we're trying to shield them from ...more
Joy Westerfield
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! While this is a short story, it certainly packs a punch. This second book in the series explains so much about how Aron was raised and how he became the young man we were introduced to in the first book, Not The End. His mother had issues and Aron ended up having to grow up before his time to protect and take care of his brother. The story shows his struggles and how he has to cope with day to day life. I won’t say what the issues his mother had as I don’t want to say any spoilers, but this ...more
Christine Campbell
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aron has been the sole caregiver to his brother Ethan who is a few years younger than him. Aron is a football player for his high school. He gets a call when Ethan is not picked up by their mother. Their mother is a drug addict and forgets to pick up him. Aron gives up football to make sure Ethan is taking care of after school. Their mom gets cleaned for a bit and is being a good mom again. one day Aron gets a call from Ethan and he runs home to get him. Their aunt takes them in so they do not ...more
Kayla Busch
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novella deals with a difficult subject matter, that will bring out every emotion in you. I really enjoyed learning about Aron's backstory. His story is about overcoming a difficult childhood (raising his brother while his mother is battling her addictions) and the pain, anguish and fears he has to face daily. It honestly broke my heart to hear about Aron's childhood. However, the story is also about hope, moving on and never giving up on your dreams. While Aron and his brother faced a lot ...more
Patti Hesington
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Its really refreshing to have an author write a story that can come alive for me. I picture the whole story in my mind when I read and Gianna Gabriela was able to put to words one Heck of a story for Aron and his little brother Ethan.
Aron had to grow up really fast in a very short time in his early years. He has been thru some very tough times but he keeps it together as much as he can. Will he succeed or will he go down the same path that someone he use to look up to went down??
This is a must
Melissa Jagessar
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was another outstanding book by Gianna. It was so emotionally taxing. I truly had to stop reading a couple times but pushed through. Though fictional, these characters are so genuine. Aron Lincoln is the hero in this story. My heart truly broke for Aaron. Having to play the role of a parent prematurely is not ideal but is necessary. This book is actually a prequel to Not The End, which helps the reader to know Aron’s backstory. I appreciate him so much more now. He’s such a strong, brave ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this story. In Not the Same we get Aron's history and how he became who he is in Not the End. Aron had to grow up quick and become an adult and parent well before he should have had to. Aron is a strong, responsible, and charming character that you can't help, but fall for and want everything to work out for him. And Aron's relationship with his brother, Ethan, is amazing and what it wouldn't do for him is respectable. It makes you fall for him hard. This story is full of emotions and ...more
Heather Dee
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my like always with Gianna this book definitely has heart my gosh .... this book was so emotional for me to read while I read it in one sitting because I just needed to know what happens next I think it will take me a while to get over it yes book hangover here we come !
Words that come to mind with this book is heartbreaking beautiful strong .... just to name a few while this book is fiction it could sadly very easy be someone's reality !
Another must read ....
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Day after day broken promises. My life is not my own. I spend it taking protecting my younger brother. He's an innocent and I want him to stay that way. My future is lost. I just need to protect him. I won't let anything happen to him while she's like this. We can't depend on her, she wont stop, not for us anyway.

Once again this author writes a tale that grabs the heart, mind and soul. She has a way of creating stories that have characters you know. They are the neighbor, the co-worker, the
Natalie Johnson
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a prequel to Not the End. It is the story of Aron Lincoln; what shaped him, forced him to grow up too fast and to become the parent to his own parent and his younger brother. The story is his own words and it made me love him even more.

Just like her other books, Gianna Gabriela draws you in, vividly painting the characters and making you become attached. I loved that we got Aron’s back story and I can’t wait to get the next story in this series!
Natalia Acuña
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! the feels!! You guys will ove this story!! This book tells a sad reality a lot of teens have to deal with nowadays! Yet somehow some of them are resilient to that hard reality they were dealt. Aron was strong and despite all the bad things that happened to him, he overcame them, he succeeded.
Hope you all give this book a chance! It's amazing =)
Alicia Harrietha
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first pages till the very last, Aron and Ethan has my heart. Not The Dame is a novella all about two boys struggling to get by with a mom that’s an addict. She wasn’t always that way but now that’s all they remember. This story of how Aron looks out for his little brother, ensuring he has as much of a normal life as he can have is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Giving up his own childhood to protect his brother is a gift that will never be returned and he does it ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
My heart broke for Aron. Having to deal with drug addiction and a younger sibling is something no child should ever have to do. The dialogue at the end of the story between Aron and Ethan is something every person in rehab should read over and over again. Highly emotional and heart wrenching while providing hope at the end of a tragedy. Simply one of the best books of 2018.
Yatarika Ally
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story goes along with Not the End. This is a prequel, but definitely read it after Not the End. This was well written and out of the normal realm of what Gianna writes. I loved that she went this direction and gave a back story. Usually I give a little more into the book description wise, but this is one book where I just have to say that you will have to read it to see her brilliance! I highly recommend this book.
Lisa Lyle
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an amazing read another beautifully written story from gianna. My heart literally broke for aron and his little brother and what they went through, i can kinda relate abit. I was so glad that things turn good in the end for both the boys. Really great read would definitely recommend this one ladies
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
We met Aron in Not the Same. This is a short story about the struggles he suffered growing up. And how at such a young age he has to take care of his brother and himself. Easy and quick to read. I think the way the author approach the life events in Aron life is brilliant. Is well written and the development of the story is great. You will need to read first Not the End.
Nora Fresse
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awww, I absolutely loved this story. It was great to read Aron's backstory. Not The Same gives us insight into why Aron is so mature for his age and his aversion to drugs and alcohol. His love for his brother was so touching and he was so protective that he would sacrifice anything for his little brother.

This is a great, emotionally gripping story that I highly recommend.
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