Just Like That

Just Like That

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by Marsha Qualey
     
 

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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

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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.

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Finely tuned . . . this latest continues her string of winners. it's an absorbing journey out of adolescence. (Kirkus Reviews)
KLIATT
Qualey is a successful novelist and her previous YA books have appeared on lists of best books—this one almost surely will as well. She doesn't shy away from complexities, even moral ones, and her thoughtful characters, adults and teenagers, work through the difficulties in their lives as well as they are able; the solutions to their problems are not easily resolved. Hanna, the artist and narrator, decides at some point in the story to become a set designer because she is tired of working alone; Qualey creates a story that has an ensemble of characters, each one authentic and fascinating—Hanna isn't alone. A tragic accidental death brings two families together. Hanna was the last person to speak to the teenagers before they drowned in the lake; and Will was the one to discover the body of the dead girl hours later. Hanna and Will find solace together, but soon realize their love relationship is doomed because Hanna is so much older than Will. Will has older sisters, one a successful lawyer; the other, Aerin, is a brilliant musician. Aerin knows too much herself about survivor's guilt, because of a car accident she caused, and Hanna becomes friends with her. Also an important part of the story is the friendship Hanna shares with two girlfriends; when they betray a long-established trust by telling their boyfriends Hanna's secrets, Hanna walks away from them. Even though she is frequently confused and stubborn, she is intelligent, highly creative, and independent. This is definitely a story that will engage older YAs—Hanna is 18 years old and finishing high school. Sophisticated younger YAs, who can manage the few sex scenes, will also appreciate this thoughtful, engagingnovel. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Penguin, Dial, 233p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
Children's Literature
This is the latest offering from the author of Too Big a Storm which also explores the theme of love, loss and growing up. Eighteen-year-old Hanna is the central character in this well-crafted novel. When Hanna takes a midnight walk around Lake Calhoun, she becomes part of a horrible situation involving the death of two teenagers. She cannot confide in her two best friends, Kelsey and Maura, or her understanding, supportive mother. Only Will, who also has a connection to the incident, can offer support and consolation. Resolution of the matter involves many ups and downs that are realistically portrayed by the author who truly comprehends today's teens and honestly portrays their lives and emotions. Qualey's fans will not be disapponted with this novel. 2005, Dial Books, Ages 14 to 18.
—Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Hanna Martin, 18, is independent, opinionated, and fierce. Yet, even for her, taking a walk late at night, alone, along Lake Calhoun is definitely near the top of her list of dumb things to do, and that act has serious consequences for her. Deeply affected by an encounter with two teens shortly before their tragic death at the lake, Hanna uses her talent as an artist to explore conflicted feelings of guilt, disengagement, and secrecy; art becomes both obsession and therapy. Her best friends Maura and Kelsey react to her distress in ways that begin to unravel the skein of their long friendship. Her mother is astute and caring, but Hanna will not confide in her. When Hanna encounters Will, who was also connected to the fateful events of that night on the lake, their reactions to one another ring true: attracted, confused, hopeful. Qualey writes with quiet fierceness, giving her characters depth and the plot complexities that transcend the sometimes hackneyed trend toward grim realism in YA novels. Previous novels feature poignant characters and out-of-the-ordinary plots. With this new offering, Qualey does not disappoint.-Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142408308
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/19/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Finely tuned . . . this latest continues her string of winners. it?s an absorbing journey out of adolescence. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Marsha Qualey lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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Just Like That 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Tkane More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book, I thought that it wouldn't be all that special, but usually when I think that about a book, it turns out to be wonderful. And it did. This book isn't very long, but is one of my favorites. I also do judge books on their covers, it's what draws me to them, and the cover got me. But this is a wonderful read.
Reads_alot More than 1 year ago
Just Like That was an amazing book, I thought. Hanna's life was normal until something happened, everything changes, and it won't ever be the same. Spencer a boy who loves her, but she doesn't back. Will a boy she loves, but can't touch. Its tragic how things work like that, how you want something you cant have. As Hanna looses family, friends, & love, she realizes how things can just stop exsisting. Just like that. But as she makes new friends, family, and a twisted love life, she realizes how many things you can gain, Just like that. This is heart riviting, and has you rooting for love in the end. Read this book! I promise you won't be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loovedd this book! its so realistic and the characters are so lifelike. i feel like i could be will's best friend. the only thing that disappointed me was the ending because i wanted the author to show will and hanna getting back together. but if you like love stories you MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just Like That by Marsha Qualey is an inspiring book that is based on a young woman named Hanna who is soon to be graduating high school. In her own words, she reflects on being the last person to talk to two teen lovers before their tragic death. Soon, Hanna finds someone to confess her secret to, a younger boy named Will. However, she lets herself become too close to this friend, too fast. This first-hand account of her life shows you how deep her thoughts can be and what it is like to live with such a great secret. The author is extremely accurate with the location of a small Midwest town. The long winters and never-ending subdivisions paint a picture of her life. The author, however, focused on the family her friend is a part of. It was hard to believe that Will was the brother of a once-famous singer who was all the gossip of the country. I personally believe that the author wrote this book for teens to have somewhere to escape, but not some unlikely fairy-tale world. The author may have a similar story in her own life, due to where she is from: Minneapolis, Minnesota. This book is extremely easy to relate to for any teen. Since it displays some of the troubles a teen will experience during those years. I also believe the author was a success with her goals when writing this book. She clearly displays what this young woman experienced and the problems she over came. I learned how a breakup can be the least of the problems life can throw at you. This is shown when the girl in the book breaks up with a boy then takes a walk which changes her life forever. One day, she has a long term boyfriend, and then she breaks it off. Another day she has two best friends and she then loses everything. Hanna explains her anguish, ¿In just a few hours its only importance would be that it was the reason behind my decision to quit moping, get up, get out, and take a midnight walk.¿ The book¿s title, Just Like That, describes how things can change in a blink of an eye. Just Like That is similar to the book Eye Contact by Cammie McGroven. Eye Contact is a novel depicting a secret that a child has about the murder of his friend however the witness is a nine-year-old autistic boy that cannot communicate, not even to his closest friend, his mother. As I read this book, I was captivated by the young woman¿s life. I connected with the main character through her constant flip-flopping with answers to her problems. I found myself relating to her irrational choices and her close relationship with her mother. This book was very enjoyable and it was written with great attention to detail. I agree with the message the author relayed to the reader about the change of events that can affect your life so fast. I believe she is showing how to slow down and think about your actions. The ending was not quite what I expected, since it concluded without the fairytale ending I was hoping for. This book¿s intended audience is for teens. This book does not cater to one gender and can be loved by everyone. I would recommend this book to anyone willing to open their eyes to the struggles a teen can experience while finding their true self.
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vanillamint More than 1 year ago
Great book! I would definitely recommend it! Growing up in the midwest I could really relate to the Minneapolis setting. Good book and good author!
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HisSuperGirl More than 1 year ago
This book never really got my attention, and even though I didnt read it too long ago I dont remember much of it. Shows how good I thought it was. I guess people who like books were "bad things happen to good people" will like this one, not sure about loveing it though... It was too predictable for me.
Saamaanthaa More than 1 year ago
Okay...I thought this was book was just stupid. The plot is all over the place. Two people die, she hooks up with a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD who found the dead couple, and she has some freaky family problems with her grandmother. That is just SO completley random and stupid! I don't recommend this book to anyone. I returned it after I painfully finished it. So, buy it if you want. Like it if you want. I just think it's one of those books that makes no sense, and shouldn't have been published.
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This book was so good! I read it and at first I wasn't so sure I was going to like it, but it was amazing! It got me back into my art. I hadn't drawn in a while and since art is a main part of the story, it really pushed me to draw something that I have seen. The writing was great and the storyline was incredible.