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Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 20 2009
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Bronze star (2/5 stars)

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Nothing Like You was an average book. The plot was interesting and unique but I did not like the main character. I could not connect with Holly. I just felt that she had too little respect for herself. I just don’t understand how you can fool around with someone else’s boyfriend and still become friends with them.

The story itself was engaging, the chapters were short so it was a quick read. I liked the psychic reading, it was the only thing that made this book unpredictable. However, I was not impressed by Strasnick’s writing. It was… bland. Sorry, but I found it choppy and inconsistent. The secondary characters were typical cliché characters.

I felt the ending was abrupt. Saskia and Holly’s friendship was not known. The novel is supposed to be touching, because this girl lost her mother and she wants to be loved. But I did not feel sad for her. Overall Nothing Like You was an quick read but not my cup of tea. I have no idea what message Strasnick is trying to portray to readers. Don’t sleep around with your best friend’s boyfriend? I don’t recommend this book unfortunately. Feel free to give it a try though.

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