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SOMEONE DIFFERENT [Kindle Edition]

Kate Hanney , Michael Hanney
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two very different backgrounds; two young people who need each other.

When teenagers Jay and Anna are thrown together unexpectedly, their secret love ignites.

But when his world of neglect and youth crime collides with her parents' high expectations for her education and show-jumping success, that love has to battle to stay alive. Will their deep feelings and desperate sacrifices be enough to keep them together, when everything else is pulling them apart?

SOMEONE DIFFERENT is a story of how teenage love struggles to survive when the pressures of parents, prejudice and deprivation get firmly in its way. Set against the contrasting backdrops of an inner-city housing estate and an idyllic country estate, the book takes its readers on a dramatic, compelling and sometimes violent journey, in which the characters' only defence against all of this, is each other.


Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Applecore Books (November 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A5W04BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love story for all ages. January 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I know this is aimed at the young adult market and the main characters are teenagers, but take it from a rather well read, rather more mature reader, this is just a wonderful love story which cuts across all boundaries.
Privileged middle class girl meets big hearted, sensitive boy from the council estate who's got caught up in a spot of serious crime. Whilst Anna goes through the typical teenage angst with her ambitious, social climbing parents, Jay struggles with his abusive, alcoholic father and a mother who doesn't seem to care.
The plot is tight and develops at a good pace. The characters are engaging with good, convincing dialogue and I loved how the equine background contrasted with Jay's desperate life.
Sensitive and touching in part, but real and full of guts when it needs to be, the author has thrown all the right ingredients into the mix to make this a great read for any age.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended for all young adults, and all old adults who remember being young adults and falling for the bad guy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty + hard hitting + boy meets girl = A brilliant book November 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read Someone Different after reading another one of Kate Hanney's books (Watermelon), and I was really glad I had.

It's a kind of Romeo and Juliet type story - two young people from very different backgrounds; one of them wealthy and privileged and the other living with poverty and neglect, and they fall in love.

Jay and Anna tell their story in turn, so we get to experience both their worlds. The similarity between their lives is the way they are both undervalued and emotionally neglected by the people who should care for them most. Everything else about their lives is different. But they are thrown together and from the moment they first meet, you know these two people need each other.

There are various twists and turns in the plot, a gripping sub plot, and all the while you are rooting for Jay and Anna to have a happy ending. You can't possibly guess the end, except that it feels unlikely to be anything other than tragedy.

But this is not Romeo and Juliet... and neither is it sugar coated fancy.

I loved this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! February 18, 2013
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Something different is really a heart touching novel that everyone should read in their lifetime. It keeps you itching to turn the page and it never gets boring! I will be looking foward to more books from this author in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Someone Different seems to me to be indeed very different from many teenage romance stories, in that both protagonists are in their own private prison. Jayden, the handsome 16-year-old boy, has a life that has been a car crash since his birth: alcoholic abusive father, absent mother, vile criminal associates and rock bottom surroundings, and he is in a prison of economic and social deprivation. And heroine Annabel? She has everything material you could possibly desire, but she’s in a prison that’s every bit as bad: that of self-serving acquisitive mean spirited parents who are determined to push her into being the kind of person they want her to be, pressuring her at school to do better, trying to imbue her with their go-getting achieve-at-all-costs mentality, when, at heart, she’s an ordinary kind girl who doesn’t want massive riches, even though she’s never lived without them. They cannot even understand her pure love for her horse, which has nothing to do with the equine’s value, but is all to do with pure unquestioning love.
These two personable characters, both imprisoned and consequently restricted through no fault of their own, and who come from entirely different backgrounds, meet and fall in love. It would seem that the match between Miss rich-and-posh, and criminal underprivileged desperado Jayden is jinxed from the start. Yet Ms Hanney’s skill at dismantling the huge barriers between them is masterly and utterly convincing.
I don’t normally read love stories, but this is a hard edged, realistic love story, with even a touch of gritty violence (don’t worry, it’s not too graphic), so that, rather like Dickens’s tales, injustices that seem set in stone, are finally reversed, with a lot of anguish, risk and adventures along the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story November 4, 2013
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There is nothing earth-shattering going on in this book: it's about two kids from opposite sides of the track who fall in love and all the difficulties they face trying to stay together. So, yeah, the Romeo and Juliet storyline. But Hanney makes it feel earth-shattering. She got me right in there. Anna is the little rich girl who can do nothing right and Jay is a pot-smoking petty criminal from a violent home. After committing a crime, instead of prison, sixteen-year-old Jay and a friend are sentenced to a work program. Jay is sent to help out in the stables on Anna's parents' estate. Anna is young, extremely lonely and rather lost. While her parents give her everything she could physically want, their emotional support borders on neglect. She falls for Jay practically from the minute she meets him because he is one person who seems to notice and care that she exists. And Jay, for once in his life, is told he is worth something. Anna makes him feel it.

Hanney writes in the first-person point of view and leaves little out. I felt gut-wrenchingly close to these two. Any plot coincidences or "contrivances" didn't matter to me because I just desperately wanted Jay and Anna to be together! I cried at parts and stayed up late to finish it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of young love and tragic circumstances
What a beautiful story. Two people, Anna & Jayden, from opposite walks of life. Her being from the rich neighborhood and not feeling as if she belongs. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Brandi H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for tweens and adults alike.
I got this book as a free download for my Kindle. The quality of the freebies vary, but this one was well written and suspenseful. I enjoyed this story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deanna Leeds
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced read
From the start, the author dives straight into the action!! The drama surrounding the 2 main characters, although terribly cliche, was believable. I couldn't put this book down.
Published 5 months ago by sdgraham340
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!
it just so....ahhh it a beautiful love story!!!!!
It's About a girl named Ana & A boy named Jay who meet unexpectedly but FALL in love instantly .......... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Juan Ambriz
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid Realism and Earthy Humour
I loved 'Watermelon' for the combination of gritty realism and lively humour, and wasn't disappointed with this, which combines the same qualities. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mary Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Work
I couldn't put this book down. It was a really great story with lots of color and spunk. A recommended read for all audiences.
Published 18 months ago by Jerry
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad but sweet story
For the most part I enjoyed Someone Different. You just can't help but feel bad for Jay. Sure he made some not so smart choices and he pays for them, but he also has a horrible... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jen R
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, Gritty Love Story
Jay gets in trouble and is assigned to do youth work at an equine stable where he meets Anna. Never has he met someone he's more drawn to or makes him want to be a better person so... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Voracious Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Is there a good audience for this book?
This is a sappy teenage love story which is 1. Not very interesting to adults (as other reviewers have mentioned) but also 2. Not really appropriate for teens. Read more
Published 19 months ago by SGCmom
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
The vast difference of these two teens home life and background was quite obvious and stark.The changes in them as their relationship took off was interesting. Read more
Published 19 months ago by kat
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More About the Author

I really don't feel comfortable writing about myself in the third person, so I won't.

I live in Sheffield in England, and I have spent over sixteen years working as a secondary English teacher. I love to write dramatic, hard-hitting contemporary fiction, and am honoured and delighted that my books are studied in schools internationally. So far, I have published four novels for Young Adult and New Adult readers, which are:

WATERMELON (S16 Series, Book 1)

HEARTS & ARROWS (S16 Series, Book 2)

SOMEONE DIFFERENT

SAFE

You can read the opening chapters of all these books at: www.katehanney.com

Thanks for taking a look at my author page, and if you go on to read any of my work, I would love to know what you think via my website or Amazon reviews. Thanks very much, and happy reading.

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