REVIEW: “Just Like That” by Marsha Qualey

justlikethat_qualeyFrom the back of the book ~ “When Hanna breaks up with her boyfriend of almost a year, she knows she’s supposed to feel…something. Liberated, maybe? Sad? Instead, there’s only one thing she feels for certain: She’s in for a pretty dull winter. Her job in the swimwear department certainly isn’t very exciting. But in an instant, everything changes. Hanna finds herself the bearer of a major secret: She was the last person to see two teenagers before they died in an accident on the icy lake, and she thinks she could have prevented their deaths. She can’t possibly tell her mother or her two best friends. She can’t tell anyone. Even drawing and painting — always her therapy in the past — aren’t the recipe for calm they once were. So when Hanna finds herself drawn to Will, the elusive boy she’s noticed around town, the kind of boy who’d quicken any girl’s pulse, she doesn’t hold back. Anything. What she learns about him will astonish her. But what she learns about herself — her friendships, her family, her life — will affect her far more.”
My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book! More so than I thought I would, even! And, I think that, with how complex this book was, there was a lot that I must have missed while reading this! I think I could’ve read between the lines and caught a lot more. As it is, the book was very well-written, and kept me guessing.
There was a lot of teenage angst and such… kind of reminded me of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” in some spots, as the main character is narrating in the first person, and she’s a senior in high school. She gets frustrated with her best friends, and meets a mysterious boy who she falls hard for.
But, in other ways, the book differed from “Twilight“… no vampires, for one. LOL. 😛  And, there were a lot of different things going on… several mysteries.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it! But, don’t give it to your younger teenage daughters, as there’s some graphic stuff inside (another way this book differs from “Twilight” LOL). 😉

0 Replies to “REVIEW: “Just Like That” by Marsha Qualey”

  1. Good review! I like it when I read a book expecting one thing and getting a pleasent surprise instead.

    Oh how I remember that teenage angst, although who says it’s only teenage.

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