Nothing Like You

Title: Nothing Like You
Author: Lauren Strasnick
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 20, 2009
Pages: 224
Genre: contemporary
Source: library
Rating: 5/5

Summary from Goodreads- When Holly loses her virginity to Paul, a guy she barely knows, she assumes their encounter is a one-night stand. After all, Paul is too popular to even be speaking to Holly…and he happens to have a long-term girlfriend, Saskia. But ever since Holly’s mom died six months ago, Holly has been numb to the world, and she’s getting desperate to feel something, anything–so when Paul keeps pursuing her, Holly relents. Paul’s kisses are a welcome diversion…and it’s nice to feel like the kind of girl that a guy like Paul would choose. But things aren’t so simple with Saskia around. Paul’s real girlfriend is willowy and perfect… and nothing like Holly. To make matters worse, she and Holly are becoming friends. Suddenly the consequences of Holly’s choices are all too real, and Holly stands to lose more than she ever realized she had.

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Woah. This book left me with my mouth hanging open, it was so good. It was a quick read, but it packed a big emotional punch for me.

I think I’ll start by saying how much I loved Holly. I’m sure there will be readers who just despise her and think she’s an awful person for continuing things with Paul when he gets back together with Saskia, but I found I could relate to Holly quite a lot. I thought Lauren Strasnick did a fantastic job dealing with the issues of grief and cheating, something that doesn’t come up a lot in young adult books. Strasnick looked at teenage sex and romance from a new, original angle that really struck an emotional chord with me.

Holly had a very poetic, lyrical voice that I just ate right up. She was genuine and likable, despite the self-destructive things she did. She is a character you root for, even if you disagree with the actions she takes in the book. Holly’s complex character and emotional story makes Nothing Like You a compelling story that will stay with you long after the last page.

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