Book: Nothing Like You
Author: Lauren Strasnick
Pub. Date: October 3, 2009
"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."
Lauren Strasnick’s writing is very different. You can guarantee a twisted story when you pick up something with her name attached. But I’m not saying that in a bad way. Trust me.
I kind of fell in love with her writing style with Her and Me and You. When I read that, I wasn’t sure what to think… But I let it fester within me, thought it over a few times, and realized I loved the uniqueness. After that, I knew I would have to read Nothing Like You. I didn’t seek out NLY. I promised myself that if I just happened to find it one day, I would buy it. Finally, I found it hidden at B&N. A few hours after I began reading, I had devoured the entire story.
NLY had the same vibe as HaMaY. It deals with the same things. Love, loss, hurt, friendship, awkward friend-love-triangles. I will put it out there that both books are not for everyone. They deal with mature themes.
One thing that I enjoy more than anything, is the characters seem real. These are real emotions that people go through. It’s not sugar coated. Lauren just lays it all out. And because of this, the characters are extremely relatable. I’m not saying that I go out drinking and have sex, but a lot of people do. Not judging, to each their own, and whatnot.
You just want to go into the book and hug the MC, Holly. All you want is the best for her, no matter what. But she has to learn somehow, and as she learns, you do to.
Holly has a best friend named Nils. The best parts were of them two together. I loved the chemistry and everything seemed perfect between them. The ideal besties. They even have a hang out. The Shack. I am quite jealous of this. I asked my dad if I could take over the back shed, but he said no… At least I tried.
Paul grated my nerves. At one moment he is a giant jacka**. The next, he is a lost little puppy. I wanted to throw him into one of the fires... Saskia was a total sweetheart and I felt bad for her. There was a lot of hinting at her brother, but never any depth about him. I would have enjoyed a little more with his character.
My only problem is the ending. It happened so abruptly! I wanted so much more from it! But I guess that is just the style of Lauren Strasnick. The story is quick and dark. Yes, I said dark, but don’t let that throw you. Like I said, it deals with mature themes, yet it’s the perfect book to take outside/to the beach/vacation and just lounge out and read.
Try it, you might like it.