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How Ya Like Me Now
     

How Ya Like Me Now

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by Brendan Halpin
 

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When Eddie moves in with his cousin Alex, his world is turned upside down 

Eddie’s life is changing. When his widowed mom is sent to rehab, he goes to Boston to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousin Alex, a smart-mouthed extrovert whom the withdrawn Eddie has a hard time understanding.
 
As they negotiate the difficulties of

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How Ya Like Me Now 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
HOW YA LIKE ME NOW by Brendan Halpin is the story of opposites. One boy - his father dead and his mother entering rehab to kick her OxyContin habit. Another boy - two caring parents and anything he needs and wants.

Eddie and Alex are cousins. They haven't seen each other much over the years, but that's all about to change.

Eddie's lost his dad unexpectedly, and he has found himself taking over for his mother more and more lately. She found that using his dad's leftover prescriptions helped dull her pain. Eddie hasn't had time to socialize. His focus is on keeping their home together and not falling behind in school. Unfortunately, her life spiraling out of control has left Eddie with the options of foster care or moving to live with relatives he barely knows.

Alex hears his cousin will soon be sharing his room. Used to being the only child in a pretty comfortable home environment makes Alex doubtful that the experience will be a pleasant one. Sharing is not something he is very accustomed to, including girls. Alex is gifted in the area of women. They gravitate toward him, so he's always with someone and is filled with quirky advice about how to make the right move to attract the right girl.

His relocation takes Eddie not only into a new home, but also into a new school setting. The school is a special private school with a focus on professionalism in every aspect of the students' lives. Although it is not what he is used to, Eddie finds that with the help and friendship of Alex, he becomes quite comfortable. In fact so comfortable, that when there is news his mother is recovering and wants to get in touch with him, Eddie battles mixed feelings about returning to his former life.

Told from alternating points of view, HOW YA LIKE ME NOW relates the inner feelings of both boys. The reader learns the inner workings of these two opposite characters. There are both serious moments and lighthearted comic relief. Most readers will choose a favorite character and cheer him on until the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book last second at the library, and after I brought it home and had more time to study it, I thought: 'Ugh, this is going to be stupid.' But, as I read more and got more and more involved in the story, I enjoyed it! Both of the boy main charectors were hilarious and lovable (even when they were being incredibly oblivious) and you root for them throughout the book. The ending is cute and happy. There's not a real 'lesson' to this book, just a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alex is going through a tough time with his father dead and his mother getting high on Oxy Cottin.his mom goes to rehab, alex moves to boston with his Aunt and Uncle. he goes to school with his cousin Eddie. It isn't really a school it's like a bussiness buliding with students. everyone wears the same cloths. but the kids are funny and out-going. Eddie tries to keep his cousin on the right track by playing video games, talking to girls going outside, and everything else to keep his mind healthy. This book is not for everyone you would have to had some kind of struggle to relate to this book or you will get lost and not understand it. this was an o.k book I wouldn't read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HOW YA LIKE ME NOW by Brendan Halpin is the story of opposites. One boy - his father dead and his mother entering rehab to kick her OxyContin habit. Another boy - two caring parents and anything he needs and wants. Eddie and Alex are cousins. They haven't seen each other much over the years, but that's all about to change. Eddie's lost his dad unexpectedly, and he has found himself taking over for his mother more and more lately. She found that using his dad's leftover prescriptions helped dull her pain. Eddie hasn¿t had time to socialize. His focus is on keeping their home together and not falling behind in school. Unfortunately, her life spiraling out of control has left Eddie with the options of foster care or moving to live with relatives he barely knows. Alex hears his cousin will soon be sharing his room. Used to being the only child in a pretty comfortable home environment makes Alex doubtful that the experience will be a pleasant one. Sharing is not something he is very accustomed to, including girls. Alex is gifted in the area of women. They gravitate toward him, so he¿s always with someone and is filled with quirky advice about how to make the right move to attract the right girl. His relocation takes Eddie not only into a new home, but also into a new school setting. The school is a special private school with a focus on professionalism in every aspect of the students' lives. Although it is not what he is used to, Eddie finds that with the help and friendship of Alex, he becomes quite comfortable. In fact so comfortable, that when there is news his mother is recovering and wants to get in touch with him, Eddie battles mixed feelings about returning to his former life. Told from alternating points of view, HOW YA LIKE ME NOW relates the inner feelings of both boys. The reader learns the inner workings of these two opposite characters. There are both serious moments and lighthearted comic relief. Most readers will choose a favorite character and cheer him on until the end. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'