Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick

I wasn’t quite prepared when I started reading this. I wasn’t expecting this book to be this heavy. I thought it would be a lot like the lighter novel that deal with tough topics. You’d feel sorry for the main girl, sad for the choices she makes, and elated when in the end, she falls in love with the right person and everything is tied up in a pretty bow. Nothing Like You was nothing like I thought.

Holly recently lost her mother to breast cancer and she thinks she’s okay now. She didn’t have a dark time of depression after her mom’s death, but it’s easy to tell by the nearly robotic way she thinks about life in the first few chapters that she hasn’t dealt with losing her mom. She hasn’t really faced her grief; she’s found a way to live while pushing the sadness back.

Holly reaches out to Paul as a way to bring her out of the numbness she’s felt since her mom died. In doing this, her problems begin to grow and snowball until she’s finally forced to confront them. It’s a very realistic look at Holly’s journey from the numb, needy girl she starts out as to the more emotionally stable person she becomes at the end. Everything isn’t solved by the end of the book, but there’s hope written in those final pages. My only wish is that we could have seen if Holly came to terms with who she is and found a way to stop comparing herself to others and deciding what she does or doesn’t deserve based on what she sees.

Nothing Like You is a heavy, but fantastic read that tackles the tough topic of loss and what it can do to a person. Even though it’s on the shorter side in length, Strasnick packed a lot of valuable words and meaning into these pages. It’s definitely worth a read.

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