I Like You Like This
In 1984 Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Hannah Zandana feels cursed: She has wild, uncontrollable hair and a horrid complexion that she compulsively picks, and as if that weren't bad enough, her emotionally unavailable parents mercilessly ridicule her appearance and verbally shame her. Wanting to change her pathetic life, Hannah attempts to impress a group of popular girls--an ill-fated effort, except that it gets her the attention of Deacon, a handsome and mysterious boy who also happens to be her school's resident drug dealer. Suddenly, Hannah's life takes an unexpected detour into Deacon's dangerous and seductive world--but when her relationship and family unravel around her, she is forced to reexamine what she believes about herself and the people she trusts the most.**Disclaimer: this book includes material that could be sensitive to some, including drugs/alcohol, emotional abuse, explicit language and sexual content.

I Like You Like This Details

TitleI Like You Like This
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherShe Writes Press
ISBN-139781631522925
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

I Like You Like This Review

  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    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 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, bad skin, and who hates herself -- for no apparent reason. And then, after pushing through abrupt, confusing, and poorly transitioned scenes and moments, we're left with an ending that not only left me cold but also seriously confused. There's also the fact that the author made a point to set this in the eighties, with a few references to that decade, but for no reason that seems relevant. But that's basically how I kind of felt about this whole read. I just didn't get the point. I cannot recommend this story and I will not read the sequel (if there is one).** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Chesca
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: November 7, 2017Thanks to She Writes Press for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for a review.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 i Release Date: November 7, 2017Thanks to She Writes Press for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for a review.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. She even hung out with fake friends. Hannah was too hard on herself, which caused her to suffer anxiety.Deacon Giroux was rich and handsome. He had everything but lacked the most important thing in his life: the love and warmth that his parents should have cocooned him. Alone, like Hannah, he had his own way of coping up with what he didn’t have by selling drugs. With this he felt powerful. It consumed him as he fed on it.During one of her missions to fit in, Hannah decided to buy drugs from Deacon to impress her so-called friends. From then on, everything changed for the two of them. The good blurred with the bad as night kissed day at twilight.The characters and their situations were very relatable to me. I believe that at some point in our younger years, we’ve all been through Hannah and Deacon’s struggles in trying to find our own place. We were puzzle pieces turning left and right, wondering where we belonged best.I know for a fact that a number of youths have struggled with parental issues. We’ve all been drowned by neglect and strangled by our efforts of trying to get their attention. To be honest, this book opened up some of the seams that I’m still trying to mend in myself and it was a bit difficult for me to read through Hannah’s experiences. I’ve been there and it was as if I was looking at myself.I believe this book is more suitable to mature YA readers due to its sexual content. The scenes weren’t explicitly detailed, but it would still be best to read this cautiously and at your own risk.Related to that, I would like to discuss a particular scene wherein (view spoiler)[Deacon forced himself on Hannah and she was afraid of him, but then his parents arrived and interrupted the act. I think a lot of people would be repulsed by that; I was too. But after thinking about that scene and analyzing it, what I think the author wanted to show was Deacon’s desperation, his craving of feeling her and this overwhelming urge in him that shouted she understood him and accepted him. I think it was him opening up to Hannah in his own, but undeniably frightening, way. That scene was actually pretty messed up and says a lot about consent. I’m not sure what could’ve happened if his parents didn’t arrive. Would Hannah have had said no or would she have let him get his way with her? (hide spoiler)]The ending was something I was half-expecting but I am very excited if there would ever be a sequel, since there are no announcements about one yet.This is a very promising debut and I would surely read the author’s future books. Highly recommended!
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  • Amy's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    ***I received a complimentary copy of I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS by Heather Cumiskey in exchange for my honest review***In 1984, Hannah, an emotionally abused teenager, hoping to become popular befriends Deacon, the local drug dealer.I was in undergrad in 1984, so I remember that era fairly well. I'm not sure why Cumiskey chose to set her story during that heat, unless she didn't want to use technology in the plot. Aside from lack of electronics and throwing in a few blasts from the past, like Endless ***I received a complimentary copy of I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS by Heather Cumiskey in exchange for my honest review***In 1984, Hannah, an emotionally abused teenager, hoping to become popular befriends Deacon, the local drug dealer.I was in undergrad in 1984, so I remember that era fairly well. I'm not sure why Cumiskey chose to set her story during that heat, unless she didn't want to use technology in the plot. Aside from lack of electronics and throwing in a few blasts from the past, like Endless Love's Christopher Atkins, I'm not sure why the year mattered. She used a few slang words from the 80s, but also terms that weren't used until later.I wasn't a fan of Cumiskey' writing style which didn't hold my interest. There was a stark lack of tension and an abundant use of passive voice. She did an adequate job of showing vs telling, but it wasn't enough to interest me. The characters felt flat. I can't think of a reason to recommend I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    ~ 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 ~ 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 and school life which were largely unexplored. Additionally the “insta-love” made me frustrated. Who falls that hard for a guy within a few months? It seemed unrealistic and shouldn’t have been the main theme of the book. When covering topics such as the abuse and bullying, I stand by the notion that the book should at least attempt to resolve these issues in order to reassure a reader, rather than ignoring them in favour of wooing your audience with a strange love interest. Deacon was an oddly unnerving character, and rather than convincing me that he’s a decent guy underneath his tough exterior, I was left with creepy vibes. Especially at one particular chapter where Hannah made clear that she didn’t want to move too quickly and he continued to overpower her and ignore her outright refusal. He was manipulative and downright disturbing as he took advantage of how naïve she was.Furthermore I remain confused as to why the book took place in the 80’s. Ultimately this novel could have been set in the modern era and it wouldn’t have made any difference, and you forget it’s even set in this period until you get a rare timely reference; I just don’t see the point in stating the time period when it has no actual effect on the storyline.
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  • Jena
    January 1, 1970
    “Hannah always tried her best to hold it together. Tears only made it worse. Eventually she’d gotten used to the tormenting and pretended to be in on the joke.”Hannah Zandana lives a bleak life. She faces unrelenting bullying at home and at school, and only wants to find a place where she belongs. This desire to fit in has her come up with a plan to buy drugs in order to impress the popular girls at her school. The only positive thing that comes out of this bad plan is gaining the attention of t “Hannah always tried her best to hold it together. Tears only made it worse. Eventually she’d gotten used to the tormenting and pretended to be in on the joke.”Hannah Zandana lives a bleak life. She faces unrelenting bullying at home and at school, and only wants to find a place where she belongs. This desire to fit in has her come up with a plan to buy drugs in order to impress the popular girls at her school. The only positive thing that comes out of this bad plan is gaining the attention of the drug dealer, Deacon.There may be some minor spoilers in my review, for those who have not read yet. There are also several trigger warnings including drug abuse, verbal abuse, and bullying.I wanted to like this book. I did. A book with dark themes relevant to teenagers is a book we actually need more of. Unfortunately, this book missed the mark for me.To start with, the abuse from her parents was odd. They are verbally abusive; perhaps more, but that was really unclear. There is only one drug induced scene, where physical, maybe even sexual violence, is introduced. It was presented to feel like a repressed memory, but it was never brought up or explored again, so I’m not really sure.They constantly belittle Hannah, berate her, ignore her and are generally extremely vicious towards her. Even though we get an attempt at an explanation of their behavior towards her, it felt very shallow and unrealistic. The level of abuse in relation to the feeble explantation was simply lacking.“Hannah was a human pincushion for her parents’ criticism, and there was always ample room for just one more jab.”As far as her attempts to impress the popular girls at school, choosing to buy drugs for a party seems like an odd choice. It’s never really explored that these popular girls would even be in the drug scene, just that everyone knew where to get ‘the good stuff’. The entire initial deal is awkward and weird, and the ensuing relationship between Hannah and Deacon continues down that path.The characters and plot felt more like an array of scenes rather than a cohesive plot. Hannah is unsure of herself, has no self-confidence or self-esteem but she somehow manages to threaten and fight off the bullies of her school with no problems when it suits her. Other times she’s a quivering mess that can’t stand up for herself. That didn’t feel real to me.It was set in 1984, which is very specific and I was hoping it was for a specific reason. The only reason I could gather was to introduce how crack changed drug addiction in some areas, but that was such a brief mention, I may be grasping at straws for that connection. Product specific nods, or other pop culture references were added in, but for the most part they were clunky and unnecessary.I also really didn’t like Deacon. He’s supposed to be rich and charming, but damaged. A very cliche ‘more than just a bad boy’ character. He never really showed the kinder side underneath, and after one near rape scene, I was pretty done with his misunderstood excuses.“She searched his face. His constrained grin didn’t match his words or the shot of sadness in his eyes.”There are some problems with the romance portion of the book. Hannah doesn’t necessarily find herself other own, but rather changes her identity as a result of her relationship. The fact that the relationship is unhealthy, and at times, even toxic doesn’t send the message I would want in a YA book. I always struggle with books where the theme is we need someone else to become whole. Love is important, but it isn’t the key ingredient in self-worth or the journey to finding out who we are.This book felt like a really good draft, and I felt like it had a lot of potential. There are some very serious topics introduced, but the opportunity to explore them is largely untapped. While bullying, abuse and drug use are all brought up, the majority of the story focuses on the weird romance between Hannah and Deacon instead. The deeper examination is lacking and it leaves the book feeling superficial rather than hard hitting.As I said, I think that YA books that tackle the issues presented in this book are really important. They can help kids going through similar struggles and traumas feel understood, seen and maybe even help them work through them. But when these issues aren’t explored as fully as they should be, it can do more of a disservice to those teens who need it most.Thank you BookSparks and She Writes Press for sending me a copy to read and review.
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  • MRIDULA
    January 1, 1970
    For the lovers of Young Adult FictionI 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 t For the lovers of Young Adult FictionI 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 for herself. Will Deacon save Hannah or will he bail out at the first instance he gets?A fast-paced book, what stands out is the writing style and the time the author has taken to write every tiny emotional turmoil Hannah goes through. The plot get's intense sometimes with issues such as bullying, self-harm, drugs and physical and mental abuses. These are a constant part of the plot. This is your average been-there-read-that plot. But the style of writing does stand out.It's a captivating and heart-breaking story of a girl who goes through crap for no fault of hers.
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  • Fey (feysbookishworld)
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Rojean
    January 1, 1970
    This book swallowed me whole and the ending keeps haunting me. It's a heartbreaking story about family and being outcasted. I hope I could tell in this review the exact feeling I've felt. Hannah and I both fell in love with Deacon. I understand what the author and the characters are trying to pertain in this novel and I appreciate that. The book contains drugs and other adult issues but I don't find it too disturbing so far. This book was so good! This made me have to think a lot and I love book This book swallowed me whole and the ending keeps haunting me. It's a heartbreaking story about family and being outcasted. I hope I could tell in this review the exact feeling I've felt. Hannah and I both fell in love with Deacon. I understand what the author and the characters are trying to pertain in this novel and I appreciate that. The book contains drugs and other adult issues but I don't find it too disturbing so far. This book was so good! This made me have to think a lot and I love books that challenging my mind and love reading new situations. It's just so good to know that there are some guys out there who will see your hidden beauty despite of all your physical flaws. I love Deacon because he see Hannah's perfection and he only look into her eyes and not to the absence of a beauty in her face. Her wild hair and horrid complexion are all to him. Cumiskey has her own way with words and storytelling. It's an easy light read. I giggle for how many times between Hannah and Deacon because the chemistry is obviously sparkling. The descriptions of love/ sex scenes is so unique. It didn't show a fully detailed love making and I saw the author's respect to her readers because of that. The scenes are not vague but it leaves a lot to the readers' imagination unlike some books with too many unnecessary sex scenes, too descriptive and poorly written that make you think are reading a porno story and they're there because it adds to the story not for the sake of it. It does not have too many supporting characters, hence the readers can keep the track of the events if the book is read in more than one session. It's a bit of a cliff-hanger though, and I hate books like that because it makes me want to demand more. But upon reading the chapter where Deacon died, I suddenly lost interest to continue reading because he's my favourite character. It's like the spice that gives thrills to the food I'm eating unexpectedly gone. Then I decided to continue it no matter what and glad to know that Deacon survived the shot. I'm looking forward for the sequel because I'm badly itching to know the next chapters. So I'm recommending this to you guys if you're looking for something to read this coming winter. This is perfect and I'm sure you will enjoy this one as much as I do.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Author, Heather Cumiskey tackles a lot of sensitive issues in this book. I Like you Like This is written with a maturity that will be appreciated by all readers. A beautiful masterpiece! The main protagonist, Hannah starts out in a cocoon and by the end of the story has emerged into a beautiful butterfly. It was easy to connect with Hannah. The way she was verbal and physical abused by her family and schoolmates, brought me the reader on an emotional connection with Hannah. It was as if besides Author, Heather Cumiskey tackles a lot of sensitive issues in this book. I Like you Like This is written with a maturity that will be appreciated by all readers. A beautiful masterpiece! The main protagonist, Hannah starts out in a cocoon and by the end of the story has emerged into a beautiful butterfly. It was easy to connect with Hannah. The way she was verbal and physical abused by her family and schoolmates, brought me the reader on an emotional connection with Hannah. It was as if besides Deacon, I was her only true friend. This book is so relevant to today's society. The things that Hannah experienced makes it easy to see why young people commit suicide. We need to help encourage and embrace diversity and not look down on it. I know when I was younger, I was bullied for my nationality. I was only in the second grade; way too young to have to deal with this. Deacon was misunderstood as well. Hannah and Deacon were two lost souls in the sea of life. They only had each other as lifesavers. Deacon surprised me by the gentle spirit that he shown towards Hannah. The connection they shared went way beyond a physical one. This book is a truly must read!
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.This book was intense. Hannah’s struggle is incredibly deep and intense, and reading about it broke my heart. It was also a solid reminder that you never know someone’s battle simply by looking at their outward appearance.I don’t want to say much because I feel that this book is best served without any extras, just the synopsis. So go into it expecting to feel a lot and knowing that it’s not an Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.This book was intense. Hannah’s struggle is incredibly deep and intense, and reading about it broke my heart. It was also a solid reminder that you never know someone’s battle simply by looking at their outward appearance.I don’t want to say much because I feel that this book is best served without any extras, just the synopsis. So go into it expecting to feel a lot and knowing that it’s not an easy read. Maybe carve some time out of your day because you’re probably going to get lost in Hannah’s world for a while.
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  • Amber Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    I Like You Like This by Heather CumiskeyOh 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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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I Like You Like This by Heather CumiskeyWell, 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 t I Like You Like This by Heather CumiskeyWell, 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 don’t engage as much with. I think this is just my personal taste so don’t let it put you off! This is possibly because it’s hard to relate to a young adult text that is set so long ago. The plot itself is original and it’s something new that I haven’t read before. There is a lot of strong language and mature themes, so it really isn’t for younger readers but I think that it is definitely a powerful read for older readers. The main character is Hannah, who struggles with an array of emotional issues throughout the book. For the most part, I liked her character as she was complex and a fairly realistic representation of a teenage girl. The thing that I didn’t like about Hannah was that she was in constant need of approval from the group of girls, but I feel like this is a realistic flaw so it’s just something that I had to quietly be annoyed about. It wasn’t bad writing, it just wasn’t a perfect character which I could not be more happy about (thumbs down to perfect teenage characters)!I liked how we got to see inside the head of more than one character because I did think that it was especially helpful in this case to get that extra information when Hannah was a rather unreliable narrator. I did grow to like Deacon, especially when he was being romantic and sweet and it was unfortunate that I felt we lost some of his character towards the end. I think that the end happened quite fast so looking at it now, it feels a little rushed but I don’t think that it actually was and if it was any slower, it would’ve been too dragged out. The romance between Deacon and Hannah is something that I really enjoyed, and I won’t give too much away but I will say that there are some explicit details, and that there will be points when you are holding your breath in anticipation. When I was reading the book, I didn’t think as much of it as I did after I finished it because I think that after the whole thing sunk in, it left a deeper meaning. A huge thanks to NetGalley and She Writes Press for providing the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4 STARSIf you enjoyed this book, I would highly recommend ‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell.
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  • Charlotte Foster
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    I Like You Like ThisA Novelby Heather CumiskeyShe Writes PressTeens & YAPub Date 07 Nov 2017I 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 Han I Like You Like ThisA Novelby Heather CumiskeyShe Writes PressTeens & YAPub Date 07 Nov 2017I 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 does not impress the girls but gets the attention of Deacon, a mysterious young boy who happens to be the schools drug dealer. Hannah soon founds her life taking a turn into Deacon’s dangerous world of drugs, druggies and dealers. Soon though her relationship with her family comes farther apart and she finds herself having to re-examine what she believes about herself and her family.Will Hannah be able to save her family, and herself, find out in I Like You Like This.I give this book five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Ashley O
    January 1, 1970
    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 s 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 books have and this was different. I thought it was great.Onto the ending - if I don't get a book 2, or a novella, or SOMETHING I'm going to be very upset, you can't do that to me! You just cant! I'd totally read this book again, and I would recommend it (to certain members of my family/friends, as I know some people wouldn't be interested in the content there's a lot of drug talk, etc.)
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  • Entrada Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 relationship, as dysfunctional as it is, actually did seem very real while the relationship with her parents just rang false.
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sorry that most of the reading public will have to wait until November to get their hands on Heather Cumiskey's debut YA novel, but am very glad that I was lucky enough to land an ARC! I Like You Like This is a dramatic and sometimes harrowing story, but Cumiskey's characters are very relatable. I felt like I was right there with main character Hannah from the first page, and was nearly as distressed as she was about the challenges she faces at home and at school. There's a lot of darkness h I'm sorry that most of the reading public will have to wait until November to get their hands on Heather Cumiskey's debut YA novel, but am very glad that I was lucky enough to land an ARC! I Like You Like This is a dramatic and sometimes harrowing story, but Cumiskey's characters are very relatable. I felt like I was right there with main character Hannah from the first page, and was nearly as distressed as she was about the challenges she faces at home and at school. There's a lot of darkness here, in love interest Deacon's story as well as her own, but there are also flashes of insight and redemption creeping in around the edges in Cumiskey's vivid prose. I can't wait to find out what happens next, and hope that I Like You Like This, Part 2 will be forthcoming soon!
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  • Lali
    January 1, 1970
    I Like You Like This by Heather CumiskeyI received an ARC of this book in exchange of my honest review.It took me a couple of weeks to finish this book since my daily life's been busy and chaotic with too many things to do at once. The book is surely on the slow pace side after the main characters get together. You can feel it's the author debut novel because it's simple, on the safe side and predictable.For me it's the kind of book you read when you just finished a very heavy one and you want t I Like You Like This by Heather CumiskeyI received an ARC of this book in exchange of my honest review.It took me a couple of weeks to finish this book since my daily life's been busy and chaotic with too many things to do at once. The book is surely on the slow pace side after the main characters get together. You can feel it's the author debut novel because it's simple, on the safe side and predictable.For me it's the kind of book you read when you just finished a very heavy one and you want to just slow down and relax a little bit with a mellow book. Which annoys me a little bit in this book because the author chose to talk about very good taboo things in it. Bullying. Self hate. Drugs. Parenthood. All these teenage drama that turns the person forever when it reaches its adulthood.I was very excited in the beginning when I started reading thinking she would go deeper into Hannah's family story in ignoring and shaming her, making her feel so worthless that through the book you get so blue reading her self-hate. Then you have Deacon with a family that didn't want him in the first place and for being so lost since he was a child he turned into being a drug dealer to feel power and control over his life. Both just teenagers wanting a little of love, caring and respect. Hannah is always looking for someone's approval, for someone to just notice her and that makes he do anything to try it in the beginning of it, that's how her path crosses with Deacon because the mean/popular girls didn't think she would actually get high.Something obviously goes wrong and they start caring for each other. The author focused more in their quick, sparkly passion than into the topics I really thought she would go through. I was there desperately waiting for Hanna to step up, to shine through herself and just learn to accept her for her, she was there waiting for her parents approval and after it was Deacon's.He was very mercurial, very black and white. Sometimes I wanted to just shake him to make him snap out of it. We have another character coming through the story with a troubled past too but I won't get deeper there because it's a twist in the story, I saw it coming right from the middle of the book, but it might be a surprise for some people. A handsome guy that chose to be a loner.I just wish it could have shown some more of the family, of the bullying, of the teachers doing something which annoys me of how blindly they were through the book. Addiction, depression, self-hate are real things we should start talking about and most of it start in high school when no one is paying attention to the easy target for bullies.Overall I liked the writing style, it was very simple, it was flowing nicely, the author is very promising if she learns how to swing by the romance in the story and the heavy talk when she choses to approach in her future books. Everyone loves a romance, but it's time to have more than that.Hannah gets herself at the end but I hated how quickly that happened, like a click in her head and that was the end. I think she could have done that a bit better and more complex, a working in progress for the readers to appreciate and inspire people reading it.It's a very typical story of high school love and the end is an open one that gets you wondering what might happen to every character in the story since there's no ending to any of them. I'm still in the fence about the ending since for me it all finished like a big question mark over everything.I would for sure give the author another try because I think she will do wonderful stories once she gets the hang of delivering everything the book has to offer in romantic and heavy talk so I can't wait for next books to come and for the progress to happen!
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  • Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
    January 1, 1970
    ➳ Rate: 2,8 / 5 starsFrom 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 messe ➳ Rate: 2,8 / 5 starsFrom 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 weird love story that was brewing. I fell in love with a part of Deacon, the sweet guy he was, most of the time, while he was with Hannah. But Deacon was much more complex than that, there were parts of his life that I did not fully get and I seriously don't think they were explained well enough. A lot of background on parts of the story was just not explained or explained well enough, and that ruined the story a little. I need to fully understand what's going on or what happened before and I just did not get that. And what's worst is I was really enjoyed the book despite all the mess that were these kids, I really was. But then things got so complicated and messy in the plot, it was disappointing. There were parts were there were flashbacks, and then things that were happening in the present and at a certain point, I didn't know if what I was reading was past or present anymore. Maybe that has to do with how the ecopy was edited, because it was a bit messy in itself too. So, if you read this book, I suggest you purchase a physical copy, I feel like it would more clear on what is past and what is present, because they usually state the dates on the beginning of the chapters, and that's where the ecopy failed, because the chapter part was all malformed.Even the climax in the story was confusing, and that part of the book pissed me off so much, I was about done. I'm glad the book was ending because if it weren't the case I might have not finished it. I was that mad. Like seriously, that was not the direction I was expecting things to go at all.. and then BAM, that was just a freaking trick. And DAMN IT, that needed to have been explained in great detail okay, you don't just do something like that in a book without explaining it. That seriously sucked! If this book is supposed to be a standalone, and there's no second part where shit is explained, then I seriously don't even know what to think! I just feel like the story was left very incomplete, and that not only Hannah but myself and every one who reads this book deserved better. I'm so pissed, this story had so much potential, so much and it just did not live up to it, at all. It deserved better. It really did.➳ARC kindly provided by the publisher, via netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.➳ Pre-Order at: Amazon UK ⁕ Amazon US ➳ Follow me on: Blog ⁕ Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Twitter
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  • Sara Morley
    January 1, 1970
    ** This was given to me by Netgalley to review and these are my honest opinions **Release Date:  07th November 2017The writing style was so confusing for me, the characters seemed to be all over the place once I was in Hannah's point of view in the first person and then the third back to first and then I am at Deacon's without any information so I had to back track to see where he started and I just had to push through even though I didn't want to. Don't get me wrong I like the idea / plot of th ** This was given to me by Netgalley to review and these are my honest opinions **Release Date:  07th November 2017The writing style was so confusing for me, the characters seemed to be all over the place once I was in Hannah's point of view in the first person and then the third back to first and then I am at Deacon's without any information so I had to back track to see where he started and I just had to push through even though I didn't want to. Don't get me wrong I like the idea / plot of the book but I think the character swapping needs a bit more thought in. Description wise made me feel as though I was there feeling the emotions the characters where in, I felt every pain and every laughter.Characters where okay, you had a good sense of them there wasn't to much description to be able to picture them personal but it was okay. I like the character of Hannah because she is this shy girl who no one likes but them at the end in some bits she comes out of her shell but sort of in a bad way with bully one liners which made me think that wouldn't happen in real life... Deacon's character was goodish but I thought something was missing, like maybe he had more history or he was into something more than just drug dealing.. I don't know something just felt missing for me.Plot was good, I liked Hannah's home situation and when Deacon intervened however I think there should be more to do with Deacon and Hannah at the end, with out spoiling Hannah finds Deacon has done something at the being of the book but it didn't get into anything, no arguing, no asking, no thought just he did this bad thing, she screamed how could you and then it was over and forgot about in the next page. Personally I thought that could grow into a really good part of the plot but it just went Poof! Vanished.. The whole idea of the plot though was good but felt a bit rushed at the end. Overall I wouldn't go out and purchase the book in all honesty or even recommend to a friend. I would give it 3 stars? 3 1/2 .... Purchase Here 
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!This book touted itself as being for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, 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 ti Note: I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!This book touted itself as being for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, 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 girls. I also felt a little let down in the way her family situation evolved and how we got the answers about why they were the way they were. The same goes for Deacon's backstory: it came sort of strangely late in the game.That said, I really enjoyed Cumiskey's writing style. It flowed nicely, and there is so much promise to be found there. She also has interesting ideas and ways to move the plot forward so it doesn't lag. I just wish some things had been given more attention or had been done in a different way. I think this author is very much worth trying though, and I look forward to her future work!
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  • Kaylee
    January 1, 1970
    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, he 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 the actual point in this book other than to make me depressed.I recieved this as an arc from netgalley. This in no way effected my opinion.
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  • Samantha Myers
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.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 g Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.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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  • Sherri
    January 1, 1970
    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 point of view 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.I received a free digital copy of this book via NetGa 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 point of view 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.I received a free digital copy of this book via NetGalley.
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  • Carole S. Pulaski
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful read! This book is so well written, every word. The story line brought me back to my high school days. the good and the not-so good. I felt compassion for all of the characters. The descriptive language enhanced the story line for me. Be aware that the topics include sex, drugs and violence, none of which is gratuitous. As a mother of grown daughters, I wish I had read this book when they were entering high school. I hope there's a sequel! I want of find out what happens to Hann What a wonderful read! This book is so well written, every word. The story line brought me back to my high school days. the good and the not-so good. I felt compassion for all of the characters. The descriptive language enhanced the story line for me. Be aware that the topics include sex, drugs and violence, none of which is gratuitous. As a mother of grown daughters, I wish I had read this book when they were entering high school. I hope there's a sequel! I want of find out what happens to Hannah.
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  • Deb Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    I had trouble putting this book down. I became completely immersed in the story. I wanted to know how Hannah and Deacon's relationship developed , what would Gillian do next. The book is beautifully written and the story is compelling. I'm glad I picked it up.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received a copy of I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS in exchange for an honest review.***This story takes place in 1984. Hannah Zandana has no friends, low self-esteem, and highly emotionally abusive parents. How emotional? Her father calls her a HARLOT, we'll just leave it at that. The story is about Hannah wanting so much to be loved and admired that she'll go through certain mistakes **will refrain from naming them so not to give spoilers** to get that kind of attention. She does get the attention o *** I received a copy of I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS in exchange for an honest review.***This story takes place in 1984. Hannah Zandana has no friends, low self-esteem, and highly emotionally abusive parents. How emotional? Her father calls her a HARLOT, we'll just leave it at that. The story is about Hannah wanting so much to be loved and admired that she'll go through certain mistakes **will refrain from naming them so not to give spoilers** to get that kind of attention. She does get the attention of Deacon, mysterious and handsome (and drug dealer) and things seem to turn around for her.I gave this three stars for some reasons.I almost put it down because of how horrible her home life really is. Her parents are loving to Hannah's YOUNGER daughter but hateful to Hannah. Reading the first several chapters of that alone made me uncomfortable that I wanted to stop reading. You have to give the author some credit that the writing was that effective to want to put down because of how cruel the parents were.As I read the book, I started to like Hannah because there was some character growth, little by little, which made me glad that I didn't put the book down. You do find out the reason (if you can really call it that) why Hannah's parents are like that with her. I wasn't too satisfied with their reasoning, but at least it was acknowledged, somewhat.The writing was well done. There were some parts and chapters that seemed kind of overly wordy to where I found myself skimming through it just to get through. That will happen even with the greatest of books. I do wonder if there is going to be another story with Hannah. I wouldn't mind another book.
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