Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick

Title: Nothing Like You
Author: Lauren Strasnick
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Reading Level: YA, 14+
Publication Date: October 20, 2009
Pages: 224
My Edition: ARC

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Cover Rating: B+
Book Rating: B+

Plot - 17/20
Characters - 19/20
Writing - 19/20
Originality - 16/20
Entertainment - 9/10
Recommendation - 9/10
Total: 89/100

"You think he’s yours but he’s not, I thought. You think he’s yours but really he’s mine.”

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.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read, but it was also a very enjoyable book. A very easy book to get into and like. It started right after the deed was done and you got a feel of the awkwardness to it all. There was enough time to really know what Holly is really like and why she was doing it.

Lauren Strasnick's writing style is incredibly refreshing it easy going. I loved going back to her writing and will definitely look for it in the future. Strasnick's characters were developed perfectly with flaws and emotions you can relate to. Everything about Strasnick's characters appeared completely realistic and laid-back.

The plot had a little twist to it, with the fact that Holly becomes friends with Paul's girlfriend Saskia and that just makes what she is doing with Paul a bigger mess. The ending was a bit predictable, but it fit with the story.

I was really entertained by this novel and with Strasnick's easy-going and refreshing writing style and impeccably made characters, Nothing Like You hits a home-run. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to Strasnick's future work very much.


  1. Good job on the review. It looks like a good book that I may just have to read now... lol

  2. Finally some review on this book. I'm glad to know it's entertaining :)

  3. Nice review! That kind of writing style really appeals to me. I love the cover.

  4. SO glad it's good! =D Hopefully I get to stalk Lauren at her launch fiesta.

    Also, loving the new header! (when did you switch it? o.o)


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