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How do you learn to love the person who scares you the most?Kayla’s mom calls their moves as, “Starting a new chapter.” Five in the past two years. Each time it’s the same: Marilyn promises to stop drinking, breaks her promise, and they’re off again. This time it’s New Mexico. But something feels different. Kayla is putting down roots, starting her own dog-walking businessHow do you learn to love the person who scares you the most?Kayla’s mom calls their moves as, “Starting a new chapter.” Five in the past two years. Each time it’s the same: Marilyn promises to stop drinking, breaks her promise, and they’re off again. This time it’s New Mexico. But something feels different. Kayla is putting down roots, starting her own dog-walking business, and spending time with Remy, a twenty-four-year-old musician. He’s her refuge from Marilyn’s daily struggle with sobriety. But Kayla is only fifteen. Does an older man really offer Kayla the refuge she needs? Or is the safety she craves actually with the person who scares her most?...

Title : Not Like You
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ISBN : 9780547076157
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Not Like You Reviews

  • Leah
    2019-03-14 19:08

    The book wasn't great, but wasn't awful either. It was kind of boring. I wanted to slap Kayla's mum every single time she'd open her mouth, and I thought Kayla herself was stupid. I wasn't really fond of the other characters either. But it was ok, I guess, since I kept on reading it and finished it.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-03-18 19:02

    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.comFifteen-year-old Kayla Hanes is tired of moving on a moments notice to God knows where. She's tired of having a pretend dog as her only friend. She's tired of watching her mom drink herself into a stupor. She's tired of working to pay their bills. She's tired of hoping that maybe this time her mom will be able to quit drinking for good. Essentially, Kayla is the adult in the relationship, and it's beginning to take its toll. As bad as it gets though, it's still better than having to go back into foster care. Marilyn, Kayla's mom, swears that this time it will be different, she's turning over a new leaf - but that's what she always says. Why should this time be any different? When they get to their new home in a small town in New Mexico, Kayla's small inkling of hope disappears. Their house is a trailer, on a dirty lot, with a creepy landlord. Kayla starts up a dog walking/training business, meets a boy (who's much too old), and even makes a few friends. Maybe this time will be different. But when Marilyn starts to drink again, and uses Kayla's hard-earned money, and everything starts to fall apart once again, this time it just might be too much. This is a great story about how much any one person can take, and the different lengths to which they can go to escape. How much is too much? How far is too far to push someone? Where is the line between tough love and abandonment? You want Kayla to get out. You want her to punish her mom. But you end up hurting for Marilyn as much as you do for Kayla. Maybe, the harder you try to get away from something, the closer you actually come to it. Heart wrenching and hopeful, that's what this book is, and that's what life is.

  • Marcia
    2019-03-22 13:52

    Although it is kind of obscure and not terribly vivid, this book was able to take me into a different world. I found myself being able to empathize with Kayla, although I can't personally relate to any of her familial or relationship situations.The only thing that really bothered me about the book was how Remy ultimately got branded as the jerk by Kayla (and by many readers, also). Someone unwittingly ruined it for me and let it slip that Remy would turn out to be a big jerk. So I read the second half of the book bracing myself, trying to catch the early signs of a heartbreaking prick. However, by the end, I was a little nettled that Remy was left the selfish jerk while Kayla, naive jailbait that she is, came out a vindicated woman.Honestly, I was ready to peg Remy as a sleazeball when he asked her to borrow money or when he said he wrote that song "just for her." I was expecting him to flee the country the next day or her to stumble upon a coven of groupies backstage, or something equally as disheartening. Instead, he sent her the money he owed her, and even wrapped them in the original sheet music of the song he wrote for her! He was also unexpectedly understanding when she showed up in Denver without calling, lost his dog on the interstate, and turned out to be only 16. However, Kayla manages to gloss over all these details, since the straw that broke the camel's back for her was the fact that he was too busy recording music with his band to spend time with her after she decided to move in with his band unannounced. I couldn't internally justify this logic, but perhaps it is a testament to her naivete that she takes offense to this at all. That was my major qualm with the book, but otherwise, it ultimately painted a tender story about struggles in a mother-and-daughter relationship. I have recommended this book to others.

  • Laura
    2019-02-24 17:59

    Hmm. I always find it harder to write reviews for novels I didn't absolutely love, especially when I had such high hopes for them. I loved the cover for Not Like You and assumed it would be such a heartfelt and sentimental novel.My main complaint about Not Like You is it's lack of originality. I found many of the characters to be cookie-cutter "complex" without any new angles or plots that I hadn't already read before. It reminded me of an un-profound Deb Caletti or an Ellen Hopkins without the poetry and angst. I also felt as though there were many untouched plot points, such as why Kayla was so hesitant to trust others, the fact she missed an entire month of school, whether or not Sherrie and Shirley were gay, etc. Despite this, Deborah Davis' writing made the novel come alive for me. The "trailer-trash" feel to the novel made me incredibly uncomfortable, especially with Deborah's descriptions of Kayla's living conditions and their financial situation. Her portrayal of Marilyn's alcoholism and how it dictated how Marilyn and Kayla's lives turn out was heartbreaking. I was torn over whether to pity her state, detest her addiction, or hope for her recovery. I also liked Luz, as there are few YA novels who depict teen pregnancy but not in first-person. One of the only points I liked about Not Like You was how there wasn't a fairy-tale/happy ending, as realistically Kayla's life would have continued to be dictated by her mother's alcoholism. I appreciated the recurring theme of music but felt the last two pages were incredibly cliched. Overall I wish there had been another major plot point or a stronger main character to either balance out Marilyn or bring a stronger voice to the narrative.

  • Sheila Welch
    2019-03-12 12:49

    I found this book through wandering around the Internet and am glad I did. It's a realistic story that is interesting and convincing. The relationship between Kayla and her mother, who has a drinking problem, feels quite real. Although told from only Kayla's side, readers may empathize with both characters because Kayla wants so much to believe in her mother -- even when things go wrong. The writing is engaging and there's plenty of tension to keep teens reading to find out what will happen next. While Kayla shows a degree of maturity at times, she makes plenty of unwise decisions and is lucky that her life doesn't go from bad to worse. NOT LIKE YOU is unpredictable and sometimes not very dramatic, just like real life. This is a novel for teens who want to read good writing that will make them think.

  • Ldlimes
    2019-03-25 14:49

    I received this book from Goodreads First Reads, it took me awhile to get around to reading this book but once i got started I couldn't put it down. I really liked the main character Kayla. It was easy to get involved with all of the characters, i was sad to see the book end. But at least ending was good

  • M
    2019-03-04 18:53

    Would have been better if it hadn't dragged on and on and if the main character wasn't so annoying.

  • Alaska
    2019-03-18 15:38

    I'm glad she left Remy. He was an asshole.

  • Maya
    2019-03-16 17:39

    Well-written novel about a 15 year old girl with a troubed relationship with her mother. Quirky, yet believable characters and a satisfying story..

  • Jahlene
    2019-03-23 19:06

    I do liked it. I can actually say the characters are believable and even the story. It has a bit of everything. Let's just say that its not a disappointing thing to read.

  • Veronica M
    2019-02-25 14:04

    it was an awesome book, i loved it.there was so much going on in it.

  • Shell Feijo
    2019-03-15 13:00

    Wonderful YA from the author who edited the outstanding, "You Look Too Young to Be a Mom"

  • Radda Triova
    2019-03-24 10:46

    This was a such a good book about a girl with an alcoholic mother struggling to take of her mom and finding herself. After moving into a new place she meets new people, tries to fix her and her moms relationship starts to think about the future. This is a good book to read if you like realistic fiction.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-28 18:47

    I found this book really good and really under-rated.

  • Abbigail
    2019-03-12 15:48

    I read “Not Like You” by Deborah Davis, and I would have to say that I didn’t absolutely love it, but it made me think a lot. It was about this girl, Kayla, and her alcoholic mother, Marilyn. Her mom was struggling to stop drinking, though she didn’t really try to stop most of the time. She always moved around with Kayla to try and start over-- and this time they move to New Mexico. Kayla is upset about moving, since she had begun to build a life at the place they lived before, but she does her best to settle into this new place, while her mom tries to get her stuff together. She spends her time doing her job that she gets for herself, taking care of her mother, and talking to this 24-year-old guy named Remy, who is also in a band. While doing all of this, she’s trying to figure out who she is and what she wants from the people around her, and more importantly, life. Overall, this story is a good read if you’re looking to waste time. It offers a different perspective on life, especially for a teenager who may have it easier at home than Kayla does in this book. It makes you wonder what you would do in her situation. It makes you think about the choices you make now and the choices you might make in the future for yourself. While I had to space out the amount I read in one sitting, and while it wasn’t totally amazing, it still made me think about things, and that’s ultimately what a book is supposed to do. I would recommend it to teens-- especially teens who would relate to the kind of thing Kayla has going on-- because while it didn’t necessarily help me a lot, it still offers a lot of insight that some people could find comforting or helpful. And to the teens with a lot of free time-- I would recommend it to them.

  • storystereo
    2019-03-19 18:58

    Okay, I’m going to be honest: I’m an amateur at writing reviews, but here I go.I found this book on the shelf of a local library. It interested me, and I almost didn’t check it out, but I decided to.The book is told in the first-person POV (point of view) by Kayla Hanes, the main character. I personally didn’t like how the book started out, with her in the back of Hal’s truck. Actually, now that I think about, it would still be a good book without it. (I’m just sick of teen books featuring ‘scenes.’ We really don’t need them.) (First few paragraphs…that’s all.)In my opinion, this is a very well written book. The start of the story is set at a good time, just before Kayla and her mom leave for New Mexico. And the details are amazing. I could really picture their (Kayla’s and her mom’s) road trip, and when ‘Kayla’ described packing up their things, it painted a picture in my head. And I read this when there was still snow on the ground here, and I could see the desert and heat. That’s good writing when an author’s able to go that. Something I hope I’m able to do.And I liked how the author didn’t have Remy come in within the first few chapters. He’s one of those tricky characters you have to have come in at just the right time. It was great timing in this book, here. I'm using this in a story I'm working, because of this.Speaking of Remy, I may have already seen this mentioned here, but, very deep down, he may have cared a lot about Kayla. He just was too focused on his music and making his band big to really care about anything else.While I’m talking about characters, I must say I didn’t see that coming with Sherrie & Shirley. I didn’t think anything until the line “something like that” when Kayla said something (it was more like a question) about them being roommates.I’m going to skip right to the end here, and say I liked it. It was one of those ‘happy endings’ where everything works out, but it was one where while you didn’t know if everything was going to be fine, it show it had a chance at turning out okay. BUT I had one complaint: I didn’t like what happened to Elvis. That little rat had grown on me. ;-)That ends my review here. Hope it made since. =)Rating: 4.5/5. Half star taken from because of ‘scene’ at the beginning.

  • Katrina Burchett
    2019-03-08 14:39

    Kayla has never met her father, Desmond, and she lives with her alcoholic mother, Marilyn. They've resided in many different places and now Kayla has to leave her boyfriend because her mom is ready to pick up and move again. Marilyn had her reasons for leaving Dallas and heading for New Mexico, but things didn't turn out the way she planned. Still, she decided to stick around a while, so she and Kayla made a little run down trailer their home. So-called relationships with certain guys helped Kayla to distance herself from the world she lived in and alcohol was her mother's escape. Once Marilyn settled in New Mexico, though, she did her best to make choices that would help her become a better person, took steps to improve her life, but Kayla wouldn't give her mother a chance. This girl was so hurt by what had happened in the past and the fear of it happening again made her suspicious of her mother's every move. Kayla did have to do things her mother should have been responsible for and that wasn't right. And, yes, Marilyn did slip as far as the drinking was concerned, but Kayla was too hard on her mother. She could have been more supportive, but she chose to hold her mother's mistakes against her and give her a hard time every chance she got. I understood Kayla's fears but I didn't like how disrespectful she was. Marilyn, a woman with her own issues, was trying to be a good mother (maybe she would have known how if her own mother would have treated her right) and it was obvious she loved her daughter. Kayla and Marilyn both made mistakes - like people do - and they both learned from their bad choices. This was a good story.

  • Katie Johnson
    2019-03-16 15:07

    I read the book Not Like You, and I thought that it was kinda boring, and kinda interesting at the same time. It had a lot of parts to it where you were like this is never going to end, or your like get to the point. And others times it had you thinking about what is going on in this teenage girls life. This book is about how a teen age girl named Kayla is aways being moved around the country and how her mom has a drinking problem, and how they are trying to fix every problem in their life like reconnecting with family and things like that. It gets more interesting as you read it, but like I said it takes a while to get into the book. Its an ok book for a red dot reading assignment, but I wouldn't read it on my own time for entertainment. My favorite part of the book is probably the funniest part of the book. It is when Kayla and her mother go to see there grandmother and they get to the nursing home and the people there said she has no relatives, and they are mistaken. Then they tell them how this lady died a couple days earlier, so they go and see her and this lady has a big birth mark on her arm. They see her and the mom says its not her, but when they get in the car she admits to her daughter that it was her, she just didn't care because she said she had no relatives, and she didn't want to pay the funeral bill. There are some points in the book that are pretty good like this one, but I wouldn't read it again because everything is drag out for so long and it get boring.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-16 14:02

    This book was about Kayla and her mom. Kayla is a 15 year old girl who has to be the responsable person in the house most of the time. Why? Her mom drinks. A lot! The drinking has caused them to have to move 4 or 5 times because of lack of money for rent or a nasty boyfriend. One day Kayla comes home to find out they are moving to New Mexico. Why there? She finds out that her grandmother lives in Rio Blanco New Mexico in a nursing home. Her mom wants to make amends and start a new life. Kayla doesn't believe that it will happen she knows her mom too well. She may not be drinking now but she will soon enough and they'll be using the money that Kayla earns to pay all the bills because her mom won't be able to hold down a job! Her mom does try to change. She soon finds out that her mother is deceased and didn't even list her as next of kin. She goes to check the morgue but doesn't claim the body because her mother has lots of bills and she doesn't want to be stuck paying them.This is a good story about a mother and daughter trying to get along in there lives. Kayla finally realizes that her mother has begun drinking again and she really doesn't want to deal with it anymore. What happens when she makes this realization? What does Kayla do to make her situation better? Check out the book it's good!

  • Felishaa ' Mariee
    2019-03-22 15:49

    i haven't really gotten into the book so i'm not really sure wat i think about it!? ummmmmm... and i really haven't been reading it, but wat i do know is that the girl in the story does not wat to turn out to be like her mother who is a drunk at the time and has no life or dreams to chase after! waht i also know is that the girl in the story has dreams and is hoping to make them come alive because she dose not want to turn out to be like her mother and, the girl is now thinking about leaving her mother to go off and follow her dreams! I think that is very wrong to leave ur mother. Because if that were me i would find a way to take care of my mothre and follow my dreams and i also think that the girl in the story will do what i just said because that would be the right thing to do than pick her things up and leave! THE PARAGRAPH FROM THE BOOK!Sure, she was trying, maybe harder than ever, but it didn't matter, it would never be enough, i would just keep raising the bar. Jump, Mom. Higher. Higher. Even though it won't make a bit of difference. You can jump all the way to the moon, Mom, but you can never, ever give me back what i've lost.

  • Mallari Mcgary
    2019-03-08 12:00

    Not like you by Deborah Davis, is a great book. Its about this sixteen year old girl named Kayla who lives with her mom Marilyn, but Kayla she feels like she lives by herself most of the time. Marilyn makes them move a lot. Kayla thinks its because of Marilyns drinking and constant break ups. They end up moving to New Mexico where Kayla haves to start her life over again but its always the same thing with her mom. Kayla gets tired of her moms drinking and leaves to go with her boyfriend and his band to Denver. Kayla haves a crazy journey you just have to read the book to find all the exciting drama.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-15 13:39

    I got so mad at this narrator sometimes! She very believably, but very frustratingly, made terrible decisions, especially about boys. However, I liked the portrayal of dealing with her alcoholic-in-recovery mother and trying to make money with her dog-walking business. I read this with the intention of sharing with my middle-school students, so the adult content at the very beginning disappointed me and made me less likely to recommend this book whole-heartedly to tweens. The funny thing is that the incident in the very beginning of the book is one of the only scenes that would be inappropriate for school.

  • Tien Tien
    2019-02-22 14:04

    This book was about a 15 year old girl who moves with her alcoholic mother. The books starts out with them moving to a new city, and they settle there, and that's basically where the story sets off from there. I think it was a good book (I guess) I only gave it a 3 star rating because I had a interest in the book, but it wasn't such an interest that I wanted to keep reading it constantly. Personally I didn't know what to learn from this book. It was just one of those books you read for some entertainment. This is just my opinion.

  • Kacey Lafferty
    2019-03-17 10:38

    I honestly loved this book. It was so realistic, and I think a lot of readers could relate to the story. There were parts that would repeat, but I felt like I was in the book. It felt like I was the main character, and I was going through what she was going through. The main character went through a lot in her life, and I know a lot of people who have gone through rough times in their lives. I felt the main character's pain. Although, not many books can make me feel that way.

  • Yolanda
    2019-03-24 13:00

    Good read of a girl who is living a very dysfunctional life. It's sad that at 15 you are the main, and really only, bread winner of the family. And the sad thing is that this is something that does happen in real life.There was no happy ending, but then again, it wasn't a sad one either. I felt that the story just kinda stopped, but it was at a good spot to stop. I just hope that the direction of the way things were goin continues.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-05 15:47

    Finally something that made me feel again! (After reading the last two books in Megan McCafferty's "Jessica Darling" series, Davis' story at least gave me something to work with.)I didn't love the story but I thought it was realistic and not too over the top. It's a good story, and even better for girls Kayla's age. The characters are believable and the story flows easily. It's an easy read and I would pass this book along, it gets my vote.

  • Tracy Shawn
    2019-02-25 15:56

    Not Like You by Deborah Davis is one of those stories that stays with you long after you read it. I believe that it can be labeled as YA, yet it is a captivating read for adults as well. As a reader, I empathized with the young protagonist, and even understood her rash decisions, given her life circumstances. A great read that isn't drenched with sentimentality, but still makes the reader care.

  • Katie
    2019-03-01 14:58

    I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I sure as hell didn’t expect what I got (and not in a good way, either). Remy was an asshole, Kayla had absolutely no respect for anyone (herself included), and Marilyn was a terrible mother. The only characters with any redeeming qualities were Sherrie and Shirley.Anyways, it wasn’t all that great.

  • Wendolyn
    2019-03-14 13:50

    Good. It deals not only with addiction and the ripple effects of moving, making money for oneself and protecting it, but also who to trust and who to love. The main character does a good job of staying the course and keeping her values.God bless all of the positive people in her life who supported her!

  • Kristie
    2019-02-24 12:43

    What a boring book about NOTHING. Nothing was accomplished in this book other than a teenage girl who has had a hard life making life harder on herself. Blah Blah Blah stories been told 100 different times and better. Poor plot, boring characters and an even use message being told since there was no message...