Thursday, February 19, 2009

Just Like That

By: Marsha Qualey

Things change so suddenly. one day Hanna has a long-term boyfriend; the next, she realizes she doesn't have strong feelings for him and breaks up with him. one day Hanna trusts her two best friends completely; the next, all of that trust is toppled. And then 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. she can't tell anyone, so when Hanna finds herself drawn to will, the elusive boy she's noticed around town, the kind of boy who'd increase any girl's pulse, she doesn't hold back. 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. (summary from Barnes and Noble)

Character Development: 8/10
Voice: 10/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Ending: 9/10
Total Score: 42/50
Recommendation: A

Cussing Amount: 4/10
Drugs, Alcohol, Ect.: 1/10
Sexual Content: 7/10
Aimed at (15 and up)

This book was pretty awesome. A lot of times the YA fiction have similar plots but I haven't seen a book yet with anything similar to Just Like That. This book focuses intensely on secrets, betrayal, and forgiveness. The characters seemed so real because of the great voice Marsha Qualey uses in her writing. I sped through this book. There were so many addicting story lines you couldn't help but get totally into them. But even with the many story lines in Just Like That, they all came back to the same theme about dealing with your past and the secrets in them as you focus on the future ahead. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read with good characters, good voice, and a good plot. It is definitely worth checking out.

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