April 24, 2011

In the Blink of an Eye • Just Like That

Just Like That book cover
Just Like That by Marsha Qualey
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: May 19, 2005
Source/Format: Borrowed (Thanks Jaymee!) || Hardcover

One day, Hanna has a long-term boyfriend; the next she realizes she doesn’t have strong feelings for him and they break up. One day, Hanna trusts her two best friends completely; the next, all of that trust is toppled. One day, she feels rooted in a family and a community; the next she begins to question everything, including herself. And when Hanna meets a guy named Will, things are suddenly more complicated than ever.

The premise of Just Like That seemed interesting - but I found that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I did come to semi-appreciate our MC, Hanna, who is experiencing an incredible amount of change in her life. Qualey managed to convey most of the reactions and emotions that one would feel in Hanna's place quite accurately. I felt quite compassionate for her during some of the more crazy scenarios that occurred; there were also times however when I wanted to give her a shove and basically offer my own unsolicited advice.

What I felt turned me off of Just Like That, however, was that, apart from occasionally feeling for Hanna, I just didn't really care about much of the story or the characters. I'm not heartless, but I felt like the story was just a bunch of dramatic events pieced together haphazardly. Some of the characters also, were a bit two dimensional. All in all, Just Like That is a pretty average read for me.


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