Things We Have in Common

Things We Have in Common

by Tasha Kavanagh

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Overview

Reader beware: You'll think you know what's happening, and you'll think you see what's coming next… But you'll be very, very wrong.

Fifteen-year-old Yasmin Doner is a social misfit—obese, obsessive and deemed a freak by her peers at school. Yasmin yearns for a sense of belonging, finding comfort only in food and the fantasy of being close to Alice Taylor, a girl at school. Yasmin will do anything to become friends with pretty and popular Alice—even if Alice, like everyone else, thinks she's a freak.

When Yasmin notices a sinister-looking man watching Alice from the school fence, she imagines he is plotting to abduct her. Yasmin decides to find out more about this man so that when he takes Alice, Yasmin will be the only one who can save her—and so will finally win Alice's friendship. But as Yasmin forges a relationship with this man, who is kinder to her than anyone else, her affections begin to shift.

Perhaps she was wrong about him. Perhaps she doesn't need Alice after all…

And then Alice vanishes.

Reader beware: You'll think you know what's happening, and you'll think you see what's coming next… But you'll be very, very wrong.

Fifteen-year-old Yasmin Doner is a social misfit—obese, obsessive and deemed a freak by her peers at school. Yasmin yearns for a sense of belonging, finding comfort only in food and the fantasy of being close to Alice Taylor, a girl at school. Yasmin will do anything to become friends with pretty and popular Alice—even if Alice, like everyone else, thinks she's a freak.

When Yasmin notices a sinister-looking man watching Alice from the school fence, she imagines he is plotting to abduct her. Yasmin decides to find out more about this man so that when he takes Alice, Yasmin will be the only one who can save her—and so will finally win Alice's friendship. But as Yasmin forges a relationship with this man, who is kinder to her than anyone else, her affections begin to shift.

Perhaps she was wrong about him. Perhaps she doesn't need Alice after all…

And then Alice vanishes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778326854
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 791,120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tasha Kavanagh has an MA in Creative Writing and has worked as an editor on feature films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Twelve Monkeys and Seven Years in Tibet. Her first adult novel is Things We Have in Common and it was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction. She lives in Hertfordshire with her family and three cats.

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Things We Have in Common 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Yasmin is a teenager that is socially awkward and gets bullied because of her size. Her father passed away and she is having a difficult times dealing with this and compensates by eating, must to the disgrace of her mother. But one day she sees popular girl Alice and becomes obsessed with her. Yasmin is stalking her and collecting things left behind like hair bands and candy wrappers. Yasmin starts having made up conversations and fantasies of Alice and her. Then Yasmin sees a man walking his dog, she calls him you, and decides that he is a pedophile and planning on targeting Alice. But the creepy part is Yasmin is not going to report him to the police until Alice disappears so she can be the hero that saves Alice. So, Yasmin starts stalking you. She finds someone that shares the same interests as her but she still has the fantasy that she is going to harm Alice in some way. Then Alice really does disappear. This is a delightfully, creepy story. I had a like/hate relationship with Yasmin. I feel sorry for her because she lost her father and how food seems to fill the void. I loved how her size was portrayed without making it a focal point. I understood her being socially awkward and creating events in her mind. But when she started obsessing with Alice then you that took things to another level. Yasmin becomes that creepy stalker that starts role playing the hero. And although she has found a kindred soul, she is still thinking about how he is going to kidnap or her Alice just so she could be the hero and get Alice’s love. If that wasn’t bad enough, the ending will have you screaming. I didn’t not expect it and can say I both hated and loved it. It’s hard to believe that Things We Have in Common is a first book for Tasha Kavanagh. It flows, keeps you engrossed, and leaves you wanting more. Tasha is a rising star in my opinion and going to be a great addition to my keep shelf. I received Things We Have in Common from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, let me point out the positives: the author does capture her main character's voice and perspective. Yasmin is an unpopular and overweight teenager. You learn why as you read further into the book but simultaneously, you care less and less about her. The ending is left totally open and offers the reader nothing.