I Like You Like This

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 31 Oct 2017

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I enjoyed the idea / plan of the book, the twist at the end personal I already figured it out when it happened. I got confused at some parts I didn't know who was who as it kept changing from different peoples perspective and it sort of put me off reading it but I carried on till the end. Characters where amazing, you got the feel for Hannah's and it made you feel the emotions she went through however it was just the character jumping that annoyed me, some parts where first person some were in third and others where all over the place. A good plan / idea but not well structured.
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I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting how awful this experience would be and to be left with many unanswered questions of which I will only mention a few…

My first one has to be: why is this an eighties book? I don’t see how this is relevant… there were less than a few references about it.

What’s with the abusive parents? We got to the end of the book and their behavior was somewhat explained BUT, why wasn’t she offered an apology? Aren’t they sorry at all?? Hannah’s a girl who hates herself, and how could she not when no one’s got her back? My grandfather always said “to call you stupid there’s the rest of the world but your family never should”; my heart breaks whenever I time-out my kids...

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Hannah has a strained relationship with neglectful and abusive parents and finds herself sucked into a relationship with a drug dealer. The author shows some promise and there are parts of the book that are raw and powerful. However there is a lot of explaining about the characters that feels unpolished and the structure of the book is erratic. I am happy to recommend dark books to young people if that is what they're looking for but this one doesn't quite meet the standard that I would recommend. However, I will keep an eye out for Cumiskey's future books because there is talent there, it just needs to be honed.
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I like you like this revolves around one of the most common themes we come across- abuse and drugs. Hannah is constantly criticized by her parents. They make it a point to make her life as miserable as possible. Her father calls her names such as ‘whore’, ‘harlot’ etc and her mother never takes stand for her. Hanna constantly looks for attention and tries to be friends with the popular gang of girls in school. But they don’t care about her either. Among all this chaos, Hannah meets Deacon, the most popular guy- handsome yet shady. Deacon and Hannah come close over the next few days. But Deacon’s life as a drug dealer is causing trouble in paradise. Also, Hannah is struggling to take a stand...

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I wanted to like this one and I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy read and while the authors writing style was easy and very worth the time I just found this to be too heavy. Maybe it had to do with events going on in my life but at points I couldn’t understand the focus on Hannah and Deacon’s relationship when most of the novel seemed to want to be about how Hannah has to go on her own journey and grow as a character. While a good debut I had issues with some of the content and probably won’t read the sequel even if there is one.
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0/5 stars DNF I just reached too high a level of anger to carry on.
Great if you're up for reading a book that is offensive in more ways than one. 
The protagonist is head over heels for a drug dealer, but when a Peruvian girl who is minding her own business and then gets insulted for it and portrayed as a bad person for "wanting" the protagonist's drugs then um wtf. I am not finishing this book. it does NOT deserve my time and I hope fewer people read this book because we DO NOT need it.
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I really liked some of this book, but it just felt so scattered, more so the longer the story went on. There were shifts in POV that seemed unnecessary and things that happened which felt out of place and unexplained. Near the end, I just wanted it to be over already because it felt so weird and cobbled together. All this said, Deacon and Hannah are still with me; they got under my skin. I'm really unsure about how to rate this book.
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From the very first pages in this book you knew that this one was gonna be messed up and the next couple of chapters just solidified that. But then, it got better, it had so much potential to be one of those books where meeting that one person leads the heroine to work on whatever is wrong and all that jazz.
However and unfortunately, it wasn't one of those books. As the story progressed and you learned more about the heroine and the hero, things just kept getting more messed up, not just with learning their pasts and the history behind their current family situation but also all this bullshit and drama with secondary characters. Their lives were such a mess but still I adored their...

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Due to the sensitive subject matters in this book, I recommend it to Highschool age and older, those with the emotional maturity to deal with tough subjects!



I Like You Like This

A Novel

by Heather Cumiskey

She Writes Press

Teens & YA

Pub Date 07 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of I Like You Like This through She Writes Press and Netgalley:

It’s 1984 Connecticut and sixteen year old Hannah Zandana feels cursed. Her hair is wild and controllable, her complexion is bad, and she constantly picks at her face. Her parents do not help, they are constantly belittling her, and shaming her.

In an attempt to impress the popular girls and perhaps change her life Hannah takes LSD. She...

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Oh this was just bleak. I'. totally fine with dark books about horrid topics infact they're often my favourite books. This was however a disopicable load of just badness on top of badness. Everything you never want to have do endure is here. It's not even done in an emotinal way it's just throw at you. I couldn't have cared less about the charcters they were all too sad and messy. No resolution, no moral message and certainly no life lesson. This is in no way shape or form a young adult book, hell keep this away from any child at any stage of adolescence they're confused enough as it is without whatever this was. Ick. I feel like i need a shower. Like what was...

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I quite enjoyed this book - there were a bit of issues with transitioning into different mindsets - I prefer when each person is either labelled or there is a space to show there is another person talking, so I had a bit of a problem following along in a few parts, but since most of the book is Hannah it was not a huge issue.

I read an arc of this book, I saw the description and it immediately spoke to me - being a self conscious acne riddled (adult mind you) I was like, hey first hook line and sinker. Hannah's family life is pretty awful for her, she tries to escape I think using Deacon, their time together was actually quite amazing to read. You get those fluffy romances most YA...

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I did not like I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS.

Cumiskey's debut sorta warns the reader this isn't going to be a fluffy happy read but nonetheless I was not prepared for how painful, awful, and unlikeable the characters, circumstances, and plot would be. The book opens up with one of the countless verbally abusive and neglectful moments the protagonist suffers at the hands of her parents. For really no reason that I felt actually explained their behaviour. Shortly thereafter we're introduced to a group of typically vicious mean girls. There's also a drug dealing love interest who comes out of nowhere and is hot and cold, forceful, and obsessed with Hannah -- a girl with big hair...

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~ I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~

Facing extreme difficulties within youth is common for the majority of teenagers, therefore Cumiskey’s debut novel certainly covered topics many find relatable. Bullying, anxiety, drugs, abuse, etc. are all prominent features of Hannah’s life. Is it any wonder that she has such low self-esteem?

Unfortunately I struggled to enjoy this text, not due to the authors writing abilities as I found it fairly easy to read as the style was relatively laid back. It’s just I found the story to be quite lacklustre, focussing way too much on the uncomfortable romance rather than the turmoil taking place in Hannah’s home...

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I Like You Like This by Heather Cumiskey

Well, I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s fast paced, powerful and packed with emotion.
Starting at the beginning, I was glad that there wasn’t any wishy washy first few chapters. We jump right in to the story on the first page which is definitely a welcome change from a lot of other books. The writing was good and it flowed all the way through, I never felt the need to stop reading and pick up at a later point. It took me maybe two or three days to finish the whole book.
The book is set in 1984 and even though I feel like all of the details are probably accurate to that time, there’s something about books set around this time that I just...

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I Like You Like This by Heather Cumiskey

Oh my goodness!!! I absolutely couldn’t put this book down! I can’t wait till the next book comes out! I’m still thrown about Hannah’s flashbacks when she used there is so many questions left there! I loved hers and Deacon relationship I can’t wait to see how he finds his way back to her!!! 5 Stars!!!
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Release Date: November 7, 2017
Thanks to She Writes Press for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

Note: This review contains spoilers.

Heather Cumiskey’s debut novel I Like You Like This is an honest tale of finding a way out of the dark not by following the light at the end of the tunnel but by being the light itself.

It’s 1984. Hannah Zandana grew up scorned and ridiculed by her parents and schoolmates for her physical appearance. She had big, wild hair and acne on her face that made people twitch their nose in disgust. Hannah longed to have friends, to be appreciated. She wanted so bad to belong that she covered her face in makeup and bought the nicest clothes...

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This book touted itself as being for fans of <i>Thirteen Reasons Why</i>, so I went in immediately with preconceived notions (of my own doing) as to what this book would be about content wise. It really wasn't much like Jay Asher's book at all, which is ultimately a good thing. It had it's own ups and downs, it's times to shine, and it's pitfalls.

My main complaint is that our main character, Hannah, rarely gets her time to really shine and overcome her myriad issues. I understood that her relationship with Deacon was making her change and evolve, but we only really see this once or twice and it's only when she asserts herself against the mean...

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Hannah's home life stinks. Her school life also stinks. She thinks maybe a talk with the local dealer and then a party with a small group of girls she badly wants to be friends with will help. Deacon, a senior and the local dealer, has problems as well. Deacon's home life stinks too. When these 2 lives intertwine, secrets get revealed. People get hurt. This book invokes so many feelings, sadness, anger, it's an emotional roller coaster. Well written. Well worth 5 stars. Well worth reading.
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I loved the main character Heather and her relationship with her family rang true.  However the love story didn't really keep my interest and the 80s setting wasn't really fleshed out, and I had to keep reminding myself that it was the 80s when things didn't otherwise make sense.  I hope Heather will get a more involving story in the sequel because she has potential.
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I Like You Like This chronicles the life of teenager who's parents not only verbally abuse her but abandon her emotionally as well. Her struggle to fit in includes experimenting with drugs. You keep hoping for some great insight into if it is possible that her parents can truly be this horrible, but they just don't give you any excuses to love them.

So she falls for the first person to really give her any type of attention - her newly found drug dealer who turns into her boyfriend.

There's plenty of drama in this book with mean girl attitudes, parties, sex and drugs. Add to that plenty of the "F" bomb and more it adds up to quite the trashy read.

Their...

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