When Holly loses her virginity to Paul, a guy she barely knows, she assumes their encounter is a one-night stand. After all, Paul is too popular to even be speaking to Holly...and he happens to have a long-term girlfriend, Saskia. But ever since Holly's mom died six months ago, Holly has been numb to the world, and she's getting desperate to feel something, anything--so when Paul keeps pursuing her, Holly relents. Paul's kisses are a welcome diversion...and it's nice to feel like the kind of girl that a guy like Paul would choose.
But things aren't so simple with Saskia around. Paul's real girlfriend is willowy and perfect... and nothing like Holly. To make matters worse, she and Holly are becoming friends. Suddenly the consequences of Holly's choices are all too real, and Holly stands to lose more than she ever realized she had.
I don't know... it's not the cover, or even the bare bones of the synopsis, that attracts me to this story. There's just something about it that feels like this is a story that should be told. What with sex in YA lit being a huge controversial issue these days--despite the very true fact that, um, teens are having sex, hello? Statistics show that 75% of teens have sex by the time they graduate high school--Holly's dilemma seems all the more gripping to me. (If you couldn't tell already, sex in YA lit might be the topic of my next discussion post, heh.) This seems like it will be a book where there is no black and white, no easy answers, and no completely good or bad characters--and we always need more of those. Also seems like a book that fans of writers like Stephanie Kuehnert might enjoy. I can't wait!
Nothing Like You will be published by Simon & Schuster on October 20, 2009.
What are you waiting on this week?