Nothing Like You

Nothing Like You➿ Nothing Like You Free ➶ Author Lauren Strasnick – Heartforum.co.uk 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 lo 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 Nothing Like Epub / 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 chooseBut 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 than she ever realized she had Nothing Like You is candid and quick paced, with characters you can t help but want the best for Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart.

Lauren Strasnick s debut novel, NOTHING LIKE YOU Simon Schuster, , was an RWA RITA award finalist in two categories, Best First Book and YA Romance Her second novel, HER AND ME AND YOU Simon Schuster, , was a ALA Quick Nothing Like Epub / Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Her work has been translated into French, German, and Portuguese In addition to writing, Lauren teaches fiction in the MFA program at Antioch University, and also leads weekly novel workshops at Writing Pad in Los Angeles WAYS TO BREAK A HEART, Lauren s next book, will be published by HarperCollins s Katherine Tegen Books in , and will also be published by HarperCollins in Italy and France.

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    Nothing Like You PDF â Nothing Like Epub / consequences of Holly s choices are all too real, and Holly stands to lose than she ever realized she had Nothing Like You is candid and quick paced, with characters you can t help but want the best for Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Nothing Like You
  • Lauren Strasnick
  • English
  • 03 October 2017
  • 1416982647

10 thoughts on “Nothing Like You

  1. Sandee says:

    I think this was a book that I could REALLY relate to It was something that I had gone through Holly and I went through the same thing no joke This book opened up old wounds I have forced myself to forget Holly had a one night stand with popular guy Paul, who had a girlfriend named Saskia She felt so empty, because just six months ago, her mother died, and despite not showing it to everyone she still hasn t moved on She knew Paul had a girlfriend, but she didn t care that is until s I think this was a book that I could REALLY relate to It was something that I had gone through Holly and I went through the same thing no joke This book opened up old wounds I have forced myself to forget Holly had a one night stand with popular guy Paul, who had a girlfriend named Saskia She felt so empty, because just six months ago, her mother died, and despite not showing it to everyone she still hasn t moved on She knew Paul had a girlfriend, but she didn t care that is until she found out how much a nice person Saskia was Holly felt guilty, but couldn t bring herself to confess, because if she does then she knew she ll lose her as a friendWhat happened to Holly, sort of happened to me too I was nineteen, and I fell in love with someone named Paul coincidentally At that time, my father died of stoke, and I needed someone to lean on to he was the one that was there I knew he sort of had someone I knew it was wrong But why did I continue with it I was needy for attention and love, he was there to give it to me He didn t make me feel alone But then the unexpected happened, I got pregnant I saw the worse in him after that, so I left I raised my daughter alone, and stood up for my mistake I don t regret having my daughter but I do regret having a baby with the wrong person I understood what it felt like to lose a loved one It was devastating It was painful It will leave you empty I loved my dad so much, and I think it was why I felt so distraught, that I needed to feel loved, even if it meant doing something I don t want to do I know it s wrong Sex is supposed to be for married people and I knew that now You only do it if you really love the person It s not something to be taken lightly Sex has its consequences, and it was good that Holly didn t have to deal with the consequences that I had to deal with after that whole affair.Nothing like You is a vivid look at a teen s struggle with loss It gives you a glimpse on the life of Holly, who took a wrong turn when she faced the loss of her mother I know that losing someone is not an excuse to engage in casual sex It s still wrong I did it and it came with a price I just wish teenagers will think twice before engaging into something like sex It maybe fun at first but then as it goes along there would be consequences.I loved how this book could be so short but full at the same time It was jam packed with lessons to learn, and thoughts to ponder It was not an easy read for me because the topic itself was sensitive It did not just dealt with the other woman scenario, but also with commonness of teenage kids engaging in casual sex If this review sounds a little preachy, I am really sorry I didn t mean it to sound that way but I hope you would understand that this topic is somehow close to my heart Because I have been there It wasn t easy I love books that deal with real issues and this one was one of them It was an eye opener It was real and honest The manner of telling the story was very effective I thought the message of the author came across clearly Girls please don t let guys use you I sympathized for girls who are a victim of sweet talkers like the guy Paul here in this book I know there are good guys out there, but there are eventhat would take advantage of you so please be vigilant Please look for the signs that the Holly wasn t able to see or refused to see.All in all I loved it Would I recommend it Of course I will.I give this book 4 stars

  2. Reynje says:

    I was up until the early hours of this morning devouring this, and I feel emotionally bludgeoned and completely wrung out Will attempt to review when I have a slept and b regained some objectivity Later You are very loved You need to work harder at loving yourself I hardly know where to begin this review The difficulty arises partly from too few hours of sleep, partly from overcompensating for the fatigue with too much coffee, and partly from the emotional contortions this novel pu I was up until the early hours of this morning devouring this, and I feel emotionally bludgeoned and completely wrung out Will attempt to review when I have a slept and b regained some objectivity Later You are very loved You need to work harder at loving yourself I hardly know where to begin this review The difficulty arises partly from too few hours of sleep, partly from overcompensating for the fatigue with too much coffee, and partly from the emotional contortions this novel put me through It has left me feeling limp and bruised, and completely ill equipped to write objectively.I say this with considerable respect for the novel, which was beautifully written I both loved it and hated it at the same time I found it compelling, I couldn t put it down, and yet it was deeply, almost relentlessly, painful to read.The narrative opens with Holly unceremoniously losing her virginity to the popular Paul, someone she barely even knows, let alone likes Her mother died six months ago, and Holly is numb, closed off to feeling.Strasnick s prose is sparse and raw, and Holly s numbness comes across clearly Initially, there is something quite automaton about the way she narrates She describes an afternoon run, listing the directions and streets by rote, as if anesthetizing herself with methodical attention to detail.As the story progresses, and Holly s clandestine relationship with Paul triggers a series of choices that will irrevocably impact her life, it is as if Holly s pain is bleeding out onto the paper Strasnick tears away layers of Holly, exposing the unresolved grief and destructive thought patterns inside While Holly has a certain hardness to her character, a streak of snark, the glimpses of her feelings of unworthiness are stomach twisting to read. Holly The way he kept saying my name over and over made me feel so totally small You re not my girlfriend Watching Holly think and talk about herself was both real and horribly relatable, for me Her inner dialogue of comparison to others in particular, to Saskia , that they aredeserving of love,deserving of happiness, was heartbreaking It made me think of how, inevitably, we compare the insides of ourselves with the outsides of others Holly initially sees Saskia as different, the perfect, blonde, willowy other while in reality their lives could be reflections of the other, both fractured, and complex.In addition, there is a dark and unsettling undercurrent to the evolution of Paul and Holly s relationship, which is intensely difficult read to at times Yes, Holly does make poor choices But this would hardly be a story about grief and pain and loss if she didn t I felt that Strasnick s portrayal of a teenage girl, and her failure to deal with the death of her mother, was strikingly honest It doesn t make for pleasant reading It is sad It is hard to swallow But I felt it did reflect the untidiness of real life The way not all mistakes can be rectified The powerful ramifications of small decisions.This story is undeniably heavy, for all its pared back, minimalist style I connected with the book on a personal level, chest aching and tearing up through certain passages And yet, I m not sure how I feel about it Conflicted, I guess, unable to decide to between loving it and not being able to bear it s brutal, bittersweet honesty.Ultimately, I have to admire the bravery and integrity with which Strasnick has written this lingering, difficult story.

  3. Nomes says:

    Nothing Like You is a startlingly beautiful book It s written with such spare, honest prose which cuts right to the core I really responded to Holly s story while the storyline is simple, the execution is superior and the emotional impact resonates It s all the little details that pulled me into Holly s life that made me care immensely about her.The story opens with Holly having sex in a car with popular guy Paul And from there you re pulled into Holly s life She lives with her dad and is Nothing Like You is a startlingly beautiful book It s written with such spare, honest prose which cuts right to the core I really responded to Holly s story while the storyline is simple, the execution is superior and the emotional impact resonates It s all the little details that pulled me into Holly s life that made me care immensely about her.The story opens with Holly having sex in a car with popular guy Paul And from there you re pulled into Holly s life She lives with her dad and is still grieving the loss of her mum She s suddenly in a sexual relationship her first without it being a relationship, and she s stuffing up while searching for something to fill an ache inside.The cast of characters are all distinct and fleshed out Her best friend Nils who hangs out in their childhood cubby house together, listening to records They have a great chemistry together from years of familiarity but also mixed up with a kind of suddenly unsure relationship that is changing as they are getting older.Paul who is not a stereo typical popular guy, but enigmatic and complicated Saskia Paul s girlfriend who becomes Holly s friend in a new friendship that makes you ache and feel hopeful and also anxiousHer dad, her teachers and even her mum as shown in memories are all characters in their own right behaving with their own motivations and not just there to move the plot forward I also appreciated the subtle tenderness in which Lauren Strasnick handles many aspects of this story never once making a drama out of themes that so often become melodramatic in YA such as sex and relationship entanglements between best friends boyfriends and the death of a parent It s honest, ache y, hopeful and mesmerising It s an older YA read with mature themes and an ending that feels like the truth and leaves you a little bit breathless and maybe even tear y

  4. L A i N E Y says:

    This is Holly s book No really, we don t really get to know any other characters except her So yes, it s a Holly book Which is weird when you think about it usually there would be at least one other character who s fleshed out along side the MC We barely saw Nils, her dad was just..there I read a book with a checked out dad last year A Little Wanting Song and it blew this book out of the water in that department So the character we regularly saw was a dog and it s hard to write a dog This is Holly s book No really, we don t really get to know any other characters except her So yes, it s a Holly book Which is weird when you think about it usually there would be at least one other character who s fleshed out along side the MC We barely saw Nils, her dad was just..there I read a book with a checked out dad last year A Little Wanting Song and it blew this book out of the water in that department So the character we regularly saw was a dog and it s hard to write a dog that felt special when all said dog did was sleep

  5. Jessica says:

    Wow, this wasn t at all what I expected and I really liked it a lot Such an honest and real story and such a great and relatable main character Can I get a sequel, please I d love to readabout Hollyand Nils.

  6. Nicola says:

    If I was to describe this book in one word, it d probably be predictable That s not always a bad thing, but with this book, it wasn t just one thing that you could forsee, it was a lot I really wanted to like this book, but I can t really feel much for it Maybe I ve been spoiled by the other contemporary YA books I ve read recently, but I just found this ratherbland This had a lot of potential that I don t feel it lived up to This could have been something amazing but sadly, for me, it w If I was to describe this book in one word, it d probably be predictable That s not always a bad thing, but with this book, it wasn t just one thing that you could forsee, it was a lot I really wanted to like this book, but I can t really feel much for it Maybe I ve been spoiled by the other contemporary YA books I ve read recently, but I just found this ratherbland This had a lot of potential that I don t feel it lived up to This could have been something amazing but sadly, for me, it wasn t It felt like the plot kept getting stuck, so the author just went for the easiest and unfortunately most obvious way to move the story along Also, the end felt like it was lacking in, well, everything to be honest It didn t feel like a resolution Don t get me wrong, I wasn t expecting hearts, flowers a chorus of birds, but it just seemed far too abrupt I know it was to drive home the actions have consequences and not everything works out riff, but it just felt like there should ve beenafter it.I really can t seem to find anything redeeming to say about Holly I m sorry, but I really couldn t connect with her at all She grated on me pretty much the entire book, I wanted to hit her so many times and tell her to get a grip More than once I found myself thinking seriouslywhen she was all oh woe is me over Paul She s possibly the only fictional female I dislikethan Bella Swan, and if you knew me, you d know that that s something I never thought I d see myself type It wasn t until near the end of the book view spoiler when her and Nils kiss in the shack hide spoiler where I actually felt something for her It wasn t until that point that she seemed to have any real depth, as opposed to just being a swoony naive little girl Describing Paul is quite easy to do He s a douchebag, pure and simple At first I thought he might actually be a little bit of a nice guy, but those illusions were quickly shattered There s not really much else I can say without breaking into a long list of swear words and insults Saskia Nils were actually better characters than Holly Paul in my opinion They seemed havedepth, and Nils in particular was just muchlikeable.The one thing I will commend Strasnick for in this book is her approach to the death of Holly s mum It s never directly broached we know she died of cancer, but her death is never actual put into any detail like it has been in other YA books so all we see is the aftermath Holly isn t treated with kid gloves all the time, like many other grieving characters have been in the past, and she hasn t either gone off the deep end with grief, or become a stoic zombie She s in the void of confusion inbetween where you re never quite sure what s going to happen I thought this was very well handled, and it was a refreshing change from the norm.Sadly however, that wasn t enough to make up for the disappointment I felt with the rest of the book An ok read if you want to kill time and don t want to think too much, but it won t be going on my to recommend pile

  7. Debbie Instocks says:

    To start off my first review, I was excited to read this book as I thought that it d be good, given the plot I expected a really good elaboration on how she felt, how she dealt with the pain, what she went through and how it changed her as a person Well, I got plenty of insight about the problems she went through but nothing much For every book I read, I go through the characters in my head to understand their point of view and to understand their feelings and learn something from them But i To start off my first review, I was excited to read this book as I thought that it d be good, given the plot I expected a really good elaboration on how she felt, how she dealt with the pain, what she went through and how it changed her as a person Well, I got plenty of insight about the problems she went through but nothing much For every book I read, I go through the characters in my head to understand their point of view and to understand their feelings and learn something from them But in this book, I wanted nothing better than to give a good shaking to Holly I mean, why is she still with Paul Okay maybe she needed love but really Sex was equivalent to love I think not and I am baffled as to why she would even get affected by Paul The whole thing with Paul grated on my nerves and in the middle of the book I wanted to stop reading, but however I continued as I thought the ending would be better No dice.The ending sucked There was no moral, the relationships between Holly, Saskia and Nils were still unresolved The only moral that I learnt is that Holly is an immature girl and reading the book from her point of view irritated me to no end I have never exhaled as much as I had while reading Nothing Like You compared to other books And what s with the lack of closure I dislike books that dependson my imagination than the author s Maybe it s just me.The salvaging points are Nils and Saskia They are the only normal people who seems to have their heads screwed on right and I have developed a rather strong liking to Nils Other than that, I wished I never read this book as I would be feeling uneasy over the lack of closure But maybe this book just wasn t for me, it might be for others though Give it a try

  8. Asmaa says:

    Rating 3.5 5Favorite quote And how now that time had passed and sex seemed suddenly easy, I d somehow managed to make up for any physical pain with barrelfuls of emotional pain that seemed directly proportionate to the amount of pleasure I took in the actual act I suspected I was being punished Possibly by my mother Most definitely by god Such a sad and bittersweet coming of age story narrated by a sorrowful voice Holly comes across as a strong unbreakable girl but inside she s hurt, lo Rating 3.5 5Favorite quote And how now that time had passed and sex seemed suddenly easy, I d somehow managed to make up for any physical pain with barrelfuls of emotional pain that seemed directly proportionate to the amount of pleasure I took in the actual act I suspected I was being punished Possibly by my mother Most definitely by god Such a sad and bittersweet coming of age story narrated by a sorrowful voice Holly comes across as a strong unbreakable girl but inside she s hurt, lonely and fearing what took her mother away from her will get her eventually too, as she constantly keeps on checking her breasts for lumps It s been six months already and she misses her just as much, she keeps all her things, listens to her favorite CDs and tries to recall every memory she has of her, so she will never disappear from her mind But the pain sometimes can be too much to bear and she gets tired from feeling numb When she loses her virginity to Paul Bennett, a.k.a the star of her high school and the boyfriend of sweet perfect Saskia her life changes drastically She s keeping secrets from her best friend Nils she s stabbing some girl in the back, but all she could feel was freedom I suddenly had a secret And it made me feel guilty, yeah, but I also felt really fantastic I felt the opposite of dead, really what I d been striving for, and someone suddenly wanted me in a way I hadn t been wanted before I didn t even mind having to keep things to myself I mean, I thought the whole situation was really unfortunate, but I knew that I was the one he wantedThat if she weren t so fragile, so unstable, he d be with me for real No Saskia No secret Just for the record, Paul is a prick going behind his girlfriend back and not having the guts to leave her because she s supposedly fragile if you fear for her and care about the girl don t go around sleeping with other girls you little piece of shit He was taking advantage of Holly s state, making her believe she wasimportant than Saskia, while in fact, all he was doing was manipulating her and enjoying the fact that he has her at his beck and call for whenever he felt in the mood of having sex with her It s so much better with you It s easy It feels right with you I loved this When he compared me to her Things were easier with me I was better than her Eventually, she grows tired of so many secrets, the guilt burdens her each daywhen she finally gets to know Saskia and they become close friends, and with Paul blackmailing her into revealing their dirty little secret and things brightening up between her and Nils, I could smell trouble from miles away So when shit hit the fan, everything crashed and burned in the worst possible way for poor Holly That s the part I didn t like The author s pace was nice and slow at the beginning, taking her time piling up Holly s dilemmas one after the other, building up the angst, but when she got to the most important juiciest part i.e facing the consequences of her past acts, she was very evasive, skimming to graduation in less than 20 pages I was slightly disappointed and that open ending was of no satisfaction for me, not knowing whether or not she and Nils will ever get back together left me very frustrated.If you haven t figured it out by now, I have major issues with cheating characters nonetheless it didn t keep me from liking Holly Hirls or enjoy reading Nothing Like You

  9. Fred says:

    I am really torn about how to rate this book It s beautiful, somber and bittersweet Actually, it s waybitter than sweet, and that s the problem I think this is the saddest YA book I ve read since Sara Zarr s Story of a Girl, and that takes some doing So, after reading it, I sort of felt like my interior landscape was like a SoCal neighborhood after a brush fire has passed through Not much moving around or growing out there any, and anything hopeful is obscured by smoke When the t I am really torn about how to rate this book It s beautiful, somber and bittersweet Actually, it s waybitter than sweet, and that s the problem I think this is the saddest YA book I ve read since Sara Zarr s Story of a Girl, and that takes some doing So, after reading it, I sort of felt like my interior landscape was like a SoCal neighborhood after a brush fire has passed through Not much moving around or growing out there any, and anything hopeful is obscured by smoke When the two main themes of the book are grieving for a mom who died not too long ago, and being taken advantage of by a callous user boy, I should have known better But I kept hoping for some glimmer of redemption, of hope, of something a littlecheery than the fact that the sun does keep coming up every morning Seriously, that s all there is Holly herself is not always an easy character to love She s judgmental and closed off But couldn t there be one person who gives a crap about her Her so called friend Nils a good name for him, he s got nil to give her is too self absorbed and horny to like the real her Her dad Just as broken and emotionally exhausted by her mother s death as she is The Kaskia thing Man, that hurt The only two characters who seem to have anything for her are her drama teacher anyone else feel undertones of inappropriateness there , and Nils girlfriend, who Holly seems to think of as a dumb slut not clear if that perception ever changes, really, despite her being the only one who treats her like a person So that s why I emotionally felt like giving this 3 stars But It is beautifully written, with so many things that illuminate and intensify the sadness of Holly s story One of my favorite things in a book is when a reading assignment from school adds to the story, and here both a scene from Othello and The Crucible shed light on Holly s situation and emotions in insightful and interesting ways And to give due credit, this book did have a powerful impact on my emotions So, I am giving it four stars for artistic merit, even though I didn t want to read something this raw and troubling I ve read some of the other reviews who compared this to The Duff, and characterized this one asreal, because there s no closure, no resolution and certainly no HEA But honestly, to me that s not a good thing I read to get that closure, that uplift, that redemption that is lacking in real life If that was enough for me, I wouldn t need to read now, would I I d be satisfied with my issues, my worries, my own story I know there are manyemotionally horrific books out there Usually they are easy to spot, and I don t read them This one snuck in under the radar, and it got me

  10. Steph Su says:

    NOTHING LIKE YOU, Lauren Strasnick s debut novel, is relatively short, but packs one heck of a punch between its covers It is a powerful read that will wreck your nerves, put them back together, and wreck them all over again.Lauren Strasnick s succinctness with words is still a relatively rare gift in YA lit Sometimes, less is , and it certainly is so in Holly s words little time is spent dallying over inner monologues, and instead we are thrown right into Holly s words and have to quickl NOTHING LIKE YOU, Lauren Strasnick s debut novel, is relatively short, but packs one heck of a punch between its covers It is a powerful read that will wreck your nerves, put them back together, and wreck them all over again.Lauren Strasnick s succinctness with words is still a relatively rare gift in YA lit Sometimes, less is , and it certainly is so in Holly s words little time is spent dallying over inner monologues, and instead we are thrown right into Holly s words and have to quickly learn our way around her friends, family history, and romantic problems, otherwise we ll unhappily sink and miss the point of the book I like how Lauren s writing style doesn t undervalue the reader s intelligence we are all capable of figuring out what s going on, and it is this agency on our part that will make us investin Holly s story Who says it s the author who needs to do ALL of the work This may be personal preference, but I adore Holly s character In particular, I love how relatively upfront she is about her emotional concerns This is a girl who s not afraid to express to others how she s feeling, instead of bottling it all up inside her, so that her problems are constantly evolving and moving forward It s a trait that I envy, and so it s refreshing to read about such a girl in YA lit.Holly and Nils friendship was well done, specifically in that you can practically feel the chemistry crackling between them In contrast, Paul feels a little underdeveloped He is definitely a douchebag but I wanted to know why he feels like he needs to behave that way NOTHING LIKE YOU further defies our expectations of contemporary literature with its unusual ending, which, like every other part of the book, garners its power from its absence of flair for the sake of grabbing attention.True, Holly s mother died, and a lot of her behavior is in reaction to her grief, but this is not explicitly a story about dealing with grief, for which I am grateful Instead, it s simply an honest and refreshing tale of contemporary emotions Lauren Strasnick has embedded herself into my heart with her unassuming debut novel, and I have no doubt that she will do the same to others

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