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Someone to Love: A Moving and Powerful YA Novel Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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"Paired with resources on how to get help with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression, this book is a welcome addition to any library that services teens." –School Library Journal
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Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publishers Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of novels for readers of all ages, including The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost. Her books have topped the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in more than twenty countries. Today she lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.
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Thoughts: Like many YA authors, the writer tries to include too many topical issues - coming out, eating disorders, self-injury, alcoholism and immigration law to name a few, which could have been handled better by shrinking the list. There were also subplots - for example, Olivia's pact with her artsy friend Danny - that were raised and then dropped abruptly. Also the ending seemed a little too sentimental. However, I enjoyed the quotes at the head of each chapter, and the author does raise timely subjects.
I think this book will appeal to teen readers who love de la Cruz's work, and I did stick with it until the end because I wanted to know how things turned out. But, this book has several flaws that I, as an adult reader, had issue with. First of all, it attempts to tackle a lot of big issues like mental illness, eating disorders, coming out, drug and alcohol abuse, and friendship problems, but because there are so many issues, none of them are really developed as fully as they could be. Adults in this book seemed OK with underage drinking and Olivia's parents who were so strict about things because of their high profile lives didn't seem to care about the fact that Olivia was drinking - only that she not be drinking too much.
I wanted to like this book, but sadly I'm pretty meh about it. I won't give up on de la Cruz's book, but may have to try something she's written in a different genre.
This book was so sad. I learned quite a bit about the perspective of a person struggling with an eating disorder, but it was a very hard book to read. I was glad to see things looking up for Liv at the end of the book, but I found myself skimming ahead often so I could finish quickly. I didn't like the way the author addressed underage drinking - mostly everyone in the book either ignored it, encouraged it, or participated in it. I didn't care for the loose morals of many of the characters or the profanity. I also didn't like way a certain political agenda was being pushed in the book, though I know my opinion is unpopular. I gave the book three stars because of the much needed portrayal of health and family issues as well as an encouragement towards body positivity, but I didn't care for the rest of it.
I received a review copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Someone To Love is a different story (no pun intended.). I really couldn't finish past Chapter 4. I really couldn't stand the main character, Olivia, she came across as whiny and a very negative person. I got tired of her complaining about how much more perfect everyone else is and she is just not good enough. I know everyone goes through that and I do too. However, I try really hard to focus on something positive that I experienced that makes me realize 'yes I am good enough.’
I felt that she is disrespectful of her parents and I didn't see why she would be. I didn't really like that she was still pretty obsessed what her controlling ex-boyfriend said about her. Many girls realistically would eventually have moved on from what he had told them.
In conclusion, this is just my opinion of the book, you may enjoy it and I'm glad you did because I really don't like giving books bad reviews and I did enjoy the author's previous book.