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Just Like That

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142408308
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/19/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 645,862
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author


Marsha Qualey lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.
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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2009

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    Just Like That, it's really true.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    ah-mazing 3

    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!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    book review

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    :)

    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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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    Uhhh... Not The Best..

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    JUST LIKE THAT!

    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.

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

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    Wonderful book.

    Once I started the book I had a feeling it might be kind of lame. However, I just finished it and am beyond glad I bought it. It is a great book and I agree with the other reviews that I want there to be a sequel ( to read right now!), because I want to see how the romance ends up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2009

    Loved it! [:

    This book was very funny. It was full of humor as well as emotion and it was so real. Hanna and Will had that connection still, even after she found out his age, and that stuff is VERY real. Just Like That is a very easy read, but it's very fun, too. I laughed a lot and I even cried a little. I'll be reading this again, no doubt!

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    pretty good

    this book isn't too bad and I can feel myself relating to Hanna with many things. my favorite thing about this book is how she looks at things and how observant she is. i think the author zoned in onto issues then moved on to them too fast to other issues. some things were dragged out but this book was worth my time

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Not the best book

    Don't get me wrong, Just Like That is a good book, but it's not very exciting. Hanna, the main character, is too safe. It just makes the book quite dull and not suspensful. I would recommend reading this if you have nothing better to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    great book

    I loved this book I was on vacation and brought a book from the library, this book i couldn't stop reading it, and when it was over I was really sad, but thats always how it is when i like a book so much and it ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!

    This book was amazing. At first I thought it was a drag on but when you get to the end....it seems like it was all worth it. It is really cute with comedy, romance, drama, and many other things to go along with it. It is just a great book and I plan on reading it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    Couldn't put it down!

    Omg i absolutely loved loved loved this book! The plot was intense and well-developed. There were so many twists and turns, and shocking surprises that I didn't see coming! I seroiusly could't put this book down. It has a great perspective on teen girls and I felt like I was Hannah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    It was Amazing!

    Just Like That was one of the best books I've read in awhile. I bought it at 8 pm the other night and finished it by 3am. I could not stop reading it. The storyline is captivating and so well written. The story is so mysterious. There's so much about Will's story that i didnt expect. I loved how everything connected in ways. This book is up to the level of Sarah Dessen books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    I loved this book!

    I was just browsing through B&N a few days ago, and I saw the stunning cover art of this novel, and had to pick it up and see what it was about. Just the back of the book had me wanting to read it. I opened the book as soon as I got home and started reading, and I just couldn't put it down! I had to keep reading to find out what happens. I loved the relationship between Hanna and Will. But some of the things i found out throughout the book about Will totally shocked me too. I loved this book, I would definitely recommend it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    I Read This Book, Just Like That

    My first complaint is my own fault. I was expecting more romance from the summary of the book, so I was a little disappointed when I found out that this was more about the death of two teenagers and how it affects the life of one girl. It's a nice story with a little mystery in it. It was pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    great choice

    This was a great book. What Hanna found out about Will was absolutely shocking to me. Just Like That made me keep reading and reading, because there wasn't any long boring details that you wouldn't want to read. I just bought this book yesterday and I've just finished it today. I couldn't put the book down, it was very enjoying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    addicting and hard to stop reading

    once i started to read this, I COULDNT STOP. i wish there will be a sequel because i want to know how the romance ended! ITS AMAZING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    An amazingly written impossible love story

    This is a great book, i finished it in less than a day. THis story is one of those love stories where two people are so perfect for each other but are under impossible circumstances, with no way to be together. This book will make you laugh, cry, and read how troubling and hard love/life can be. A sequel would be amazing, however...its perfectly fine how it is, it lets you make up your own ending. I like mine...though, i wish i knew how things would really go if there was a sequel. You will love this book and be awed by its miraculous story of two teenagers thrown together in a most horrible way, going too far too fast, and being destined for one another.

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