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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review: Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick

Title: Nothing Like You
Author: Lauren Strasnick
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub. Date: October 20, 2009
Length: 224 Pages
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.
My Thoughts: Nothing Like You was much different than I thought it would be, not in a bad way, just a different way. I had high hopes for Lauren Strasnick's debut, and though I did enjoy it, it didn't get five moons like I hoped it would. I first found Lauren through her bloggish website, and let me just say that she is one of the funniest people I have never met. If you haven't already, go check out her website.
Nothing Like You is told with humor as well as depth. Strasnick has grafted an addictive, fast pasted story that teens will love. I believe any girl could relate to Holly in someway whether its because they lost a parent as well or betrayed their best friend. I for one, loved her humor but found her too judgmental of the people around her. You know, she just seemed inconsiderate of some people's feelings because she thought they were "sluts" or "mean" without having really known them at all.
I love how Strasnick kept some things subtle such as the death of Holly's mother and sex, instead of making them a huge deal like a lot of  YA does (thank you Naomi for bringing this to my attention in her review). Her writing is wonderful; and it kept me turning the pages even when I told myself after this chapter I'm done. It was addicting, even though the plot was slightly predictable.
Unfortunately, the ending just didn't do it for me. It left too many loose ends and didn't feel like an ending. I half expected to turn the page and find another chapter. Overall, Nothing Like You was a good read but there were a few faults I couldn't ignore. But, I am still looking forward to reading Lauren's next book, Her and Me and You (out now), and any other books she publishes.

4 Moons


  1. Aww shame you didn't love it. I plan on getting this soon it sounds pretty good :)

  2. I've heard good things about this book :) Great review!

  3. haha, yeah, she was judgemental, hey? But it didn;t worry me for some reason?

    Love this review :) I am planning on getting the paperback of her and me and you... I can pre-order it for $7 (AU). I think it comes out in a few months?

  4. Thank you!
    On goodreads it says the paperback comes out july 12, but I'm not sure if that's the same for Australia.


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