I Like You Like This by Heather Cumiskey

I Like You Like This

In 1984 Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Hannah Zandana feels cursed: She has wild, uncontrollable hair and a horrid complexion that she compulsively picks, and as if that weren't bad enough, her emotionally unavailable parents mercilessly ridicule her appearance and verbally shame her. Wanting to change her pathetic life, Hannah attempts to impress a group of popular girls-...

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I Like You Like This Reviews

  • Hollis

    I did not like I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS.

    Cumiskey's debut sorta warns the reader this isn't going to be a fluffy happy read but nonetheless I was not prepared for how painful, awful, and unlikeable the characters, circumstances, and plot would be. The book opens up with one of the countless verbally abusive and neglectful moments the protagonist suffers at the hands of her parents. For really no reason that I felt actually explained their behaviour. Shortly thereafter we're introduced to a group of

    I did not like I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS.

    Cumiskey's debut sorta warns the reader this isn't going to be a fluffy happy read but nonetheless I was not prepared for how painful, awful, and unlikeable the characters, circumstances, and plot would be. The book opens up with one of the countless verbally abusive and neglectful moments the protagonist suffers at the hands of her parents. For really no reason that I felt actually explained their behaviour. Shortly thereafter we're introduced to a group of typically vicious mean girls. There's also a drug dealing love interest who comes out of nowhere and is hot and cold, forceful, and obsessed with Hannah -- a girl with big hair, bad skin, and who hates herself -- for no apparent reason. And then, after pushing through abrupt, confusing, and poorly transitioned scenes and moments, we're left with an ending that not only left me cold but also seriously confused. There's also the fact that the author made a point to set this in the eighties, with a few references to that decade, but for no reason that seems relevant. But that's basically how I kind of felt about this whole read. I just didn't get the point.

    I cannot recommend this story and I will not read the sequel (if there is one).

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  • Chesca

    Heather Cumiskey’s debut novel

    is an honest tale of finding a way out of the dark not by following the light at the end of the tunnel but by being the light itself.

    It’s 1984. Hannah Zandana grew up scorned and ridiculed by her parents and schoolmates for her physical appearance. She had big, wild hair and acne on her face that made people twitch their nose i

    Heather Cumiskey’s debut novel

    is an honest tale of finding a way out of the dark not by following the light at the end of the tunnel but by being the light itself.

    It’s 1984. Hannah Zandana grew up scorned and ridiculed by her parents and schoolmates for her physical appearance. She had big, wild hair and acne on her face that made people twitch their nose in disgust. Hannah longed to have friends, to be appreciated. She wanted so bad to belong that she covered her face in makeup and bought the nicest clothes. She even hung out with fake friends. Hannah was too hard on herself, which caused her to suffer anxiety.

    Deacon Giroux was rich and handsome. He had everything but lacked the most important thing in his life: the love and warmth that his parents should have cocooned him. Alone, like Hannah, he had his own way of coping up with what he didn’t have by selling drugs. With this he felt powerful. It consumed him as he fed on it.

    During one of her missions to fit in, Hannah decided to buy drugs from Deacon to impress her so-called friends. From then on, everything changed for the two of them. The good blurred with the bad as night kissed day at twilight.

    The characters and their situations were very relatable to me. I believe that at some point in our younger years, we’ve all been through Hannah and Deacon’s struggles in trying to find our own place. We were puzzle pieces turning left and right, wondering where we belonged best.

    I know for a fact that a number of youths have struggled with parental issues. We’ve all been drowned by neglect and strangled by our efforts of trying to get their attention. To be honest, this book opened up some of the seams that I’m still trying to mend in myself and it was a bit difficult for me to read through Hannah’s experiences. I’ve been there and it was as if I was looking at myself.

    I believe this book is more suitable to mature YA readers due to its sexual content. The scenes weren’t explicitly detailed, but it would still be best to read this cautiously and at your own risk.

    Related to that, I would like to discuss a particular scene wherein

    The ending was something I was half-expecting but I am very excited if there would ever be a sequel, since there are no announcements about one yet.

    This is a very promising debut and I would surely read the author’s future books. Highly recommended!

  • MRIDULA

    For the lovers of Young Adult Fiction

    I like you like this revolves around one of the most common themes we come across- abuse and drugs. Hannah is constantly criticized by her parents. They make it a point to make her life as miserable as possible. Her father calls her names such as 'whore', 'harlot' etc and her mother never takes stand for her. Hanna constantly looks for attention and tries to be friends with the popular gang of girls in school. But they don't care about her either. Among all t

    For the lovers of Young Adult Fiction

    I like you like this revolves around one of the most common themes we come across- abuse and drugs. Hannah is constantly criticized by her parents. They make it a point to make her life as miserable as possible. Her father calls her names such as 'whore', 'harlot' etc and her mother never takes stand for her. Hanna constantly looks for attention and tries to be friends with the popular gang of girls in school. But they don't care about her either. Among all this chaos, Hannah meets Deacon, the most popular guy- handsome yet shady. Deacon and Hannah come close over the next few days. But Deacon's life as a drug dealer is causing trouble in paradise. Also, Hannah is struggling to take a stand for herself. Will Deacon save Hannah or will he bail out at the first instance he gets?

    A fast-paced book, what stands out is the writing style and the time the author has taken to write every tiny emotional turmoil Hannah goes through. The plot get's intense sometimes with issues such as bullying, self-harm, drugs and physical and mental abuses. These are a constant part of the plot. This is your average been-there-read-that plot. But the style of writing does stand out.

    It's a captivating and heart-breaking story of a girl who goes through crap for no fault of hers.

  • Amy's Book Reviews

    ***I received a complimentary copy of I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS by Heather Cumiskey in exchange for my honest review***

    In 1984, Hannah, an emotionally abused teenager, hoping to become popular befriends Deacon, the local drug dealer.

    I was in undergrad in 1984, so I remember that era fairly well. I'm not sure why Cumiskey chose to set her story during that heat, unless she didn't want to use technology in the plot. Aside from lack of electronics and throwing in a few blasts from the past, like Endless

    ***I received a complimentary copy of I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS by Heather Cumiskey in exchange for my honest review***

    In 1984, Hannah, an emotionally abused teenager, hoping to become popular befriends Deacon, the local drug dealer.

    I was in undergrad in 1984, so I remember that era fairly well. I'm not sure why Cumiskey chose to set her story during that heat, unless she didn't want to use technology in the plot. Aside from lack of electronics and throwing in a few blasts from the past, like Endless Love's Christopher Atkins, I'm not sure why the year mattered. She used a few slang words from the 80s, but also terms that weren't used until later.

    I wasn't a fan of Cumiskey' writing style which didn't hold my interest. There was a stark lack of tension and an abundant use of passive voice. She did an adequate job of showing vs telling, but it wasn't enough to interest me. The characters felt flat. I can't think of a reason to recommend I LIKE YOU LIKE THIS.

  • Danielle

    Facing extreme difficulties within youth is common for the majority of teenagers, therefore Cumiskey’s debut novel certainly covered topics many find relatable. Bullying, anxiety, drugs, abuse, etc. are all prominent features of Hannah’s life. Is it any wonder that she has such low self-esteem?

    Unfortunately I struggled to enjoy this text, not due to the authors writing abilities as I found it fairly easy to read

    Facing extreme difficulties within youth is common for the majority of teenagers, therefore Cumiskey’s debut novel certainly covered topics many find relatable. Bullying, anxiety, drugs, abuse, etc. are all prominent features of Hannah’s life. Is it any wonder that she has such low self-esteem?

    Unfortunately I struggled to enjoy this text, not due to the authors writing abilities as I found it fairly easy to read as the style was relatively laid back. It’s just I found the story to be quite lacklustre, focussing way too much on the uncomfortable romance rather than the turmoil taking place in Hannah’s home and school life which were largely unexplored. Additionally the “insta-love” made me frustrated. Who falls that hard for a guy within a few months? It seemed unrealistic and shouldn’t have been the main theme of the book. When covering topics such as the abuse and bullying, I stand by the notion that the book should at least attempt to resolve these issues in order to reassure a reader, rather than ignoring them in favour of wooing your audience with a strange love interest.

    Deacon was an oddly unnerving character, and rather than convincing me that he’s a decent guy underneath his tough exterior, I was left with creepy vibes. Especially at one particular chapter where Hannah made clear that she didn’t want to move too quickly and he continued to overpower her and ignore her outright refusal. He was manipulative and downright disturbing as he took advantage of how naïve she was.

    Furthermore I remain confused as to why the book took place in the 80’s. Ultimately this novel could have been set in the modern era and it wouldn’t have made any difference, and you forget it’s even set in this period until you get a rare timely reference; I just don’t see the point in stating the time period when it has no actual effect on the storyline.

  • Fey (feysbookishworld)

    0/5 stars

    DNF I just reached too high a level of anger to carry on.

    Great if you're up for reading a book that is offensive in more ways than one. The protagonist is head over heels for a drug dealer, but when a Peruvian girl who is minding her own business and then gets insulted for it and portrayed as a bad person for "wanting" the protagonist's drugs then um wtf. I am not finishing this book. it does NOT deserve my time and I hope fewer people read this book because we DO NOT need it.

  • Rojean

    This book swallowed me whole and the ending keeps haunting me. It's a heartbreaking story about family and being outcasted. I hope I could tell in this review the exact feeling I've felt. Hannah and I both fell in love with Deacon. I understand what the author and the characters are trying to pertain in this novel and I appreciate that. The book contains drugs and other adult issues but I don't find it too disturbing so far. This book was so good! This made me have to think a lot and I love book

    This book swallowed me whole and the ending keeps haunting me. It's a heartbreaking story about family and being outcasted. I hope I could tell in this review the exact feeling I've felt. Hannah and I both fell in love with Deacon. I understand what the author and the characters are trying to pertain in this novel and I appreciate that. The book contains drugs and other adult issues but I don't find it too disturbing so far. This book was so good! This made me have to think a lot and I love books that challenging my mind and love reading new situations. It's just so good to know that there are some guys out there who will see your hidden beauty despite of all your physical flaws. I love Deacon because he see Hannah's perfection and he only look into her eyes and not to the absence of a beauty in her face. Her wild hair and horrid complexion are all to him. Cumiskey has her own way with words and storytelling. It's an easy light read. I giggle for how many times between Hannah and Deacon because the chemistry is obviously sparkling. The descriptions of love/ sex scenes is so unique. It didn't show a fully detailed love making and I saw the author's respect to her readers because of that. The scenes are not vague but it leaves a lot to the readers' imagination unlike some books with too many unnecessary sex scenes, too descriptive and poorly written that make you think are reading a porno story and they're there because it adds to the story not for the sake of it. It does not have too many supporting characters, hence the readers can keep the track of the events if the book is read in more than one session. It's a bit of a cliff-hanger though, and I hate books like that because it makes me want to demand more. But upon reading the chapter where Deacon died, I suddenly lost interest to continue reading because he's my favourite character. It's like the spice that gives thrills to the food I'm eating unexpectedly gone. Then I decided to continue it no matter what and glad to know that Deacon survived the shot. I'm looking forward for the sequel because I'm badly itching to know the next chapters. So I'm recommending this to you guys if you're looking for something to read this coming winter. This is perfect and I'm sure you will enjoy this one as much as I do.

  • Amber

    Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    This book was intense. Hannah’s struggle is incredibly deep and intense, and reading about it broke my heart. It was also a solid reminder that you never know someone’s battle simply by looking at their outward appearance.

    I don’t want to say much because I feel that this book is best served without any extras, just the synopsis. So go into it expecting to feel a lot and knowing that it’s not an

    Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    This book was intense. Hannah’s struggle is incredibly deep and intense, and reading about it broke my heart. It was also a solid reminder that you never know someone’s battle simply by looking at their outward appearance.

    I don’t want to say much because I feel that this book is best served without any extras, just the synopsis. So go into it expecting to feel a lot and knowing that it’s not an easy read. Maybe carve some time out of your day because you’re probably going to get lost in Hannah’s world for a while.

  • Cheryl

    Author, Heather Cumiskey tackles a lot of sensitive issues in this book. I Like you Like This is written with a maturity that will be appreciated by all readers. A beautiful masterpiece! The main protagonist, Hannah starts out in a cocoon and by the end of the story has emerged into a beautiful butterfly.

    It was easy to connect with Hannah. The way she was verbal and physical abused by her family and schoolmates, brought me the reader on an emotional connection with Hannah. It was as if besides

    Author, Heather Cumiskey tackles a lot of sensitive issues in this book. I Like you Like This is written with a maturity that will be appreciated by all readers. A beautiful masterpiece! The main protagonist, Hannah starts out in a cocoon and by the end of the story has emerged into a beautiful butterfly.

    It was easy to connect with Hannah. The way she was verbal and physical abused by her family and schoolmates, brought me the reader on an emotional connection with Hannah. It was as if besides Deacon, I was her only true friend. This book is so relevant to today's society. The things that Hannah experienced makes it easy to see why young people commit suicide. We need to help encourage and embrace diversity and not look down on it. I know when I was younger, I was bullied for my nationality. I was only in the second grade; way too young to have to deal with this.

    Deacon was misunderstood as well. Hannah and Deacon were two lost souls in the sea of life. They only had each other as lifesavers. Deacon surprised me by the gentle spirit that he shown towards Hannah. The connection they shared went way beyond a physical one. This book is a truly must read!

  • Jena

    “Hannah always tried her best to hold it together. Tears only made it worse. Eventually she’d gotten used to the tormenting and pretended to be in on the joke.”

    Hannah Zandana lives a bleak life. She faces unrelenting bullying at home and at school, and only wants to find a place where she belongs. This desire to fit in has her come up with a plan to buy drugs in order to impress the popular girls at her school. The only positive thing that comes out of this bad plan is gaining the attention of t

    “Hannah always tried her best to hold it together. Tears only made it worse. Eventually she’d gotten used to the tormenting and pretended to be in on the joke.”

    Hannah Zandana lives a bleak life. She faces unrelenting bullying at home and at school, and only wants to find a place where she belongs. This desire to fit in has her come up with a plan to buy drugs in order to impress the popular girls at her school. The only positive thing that comes out of this bad plan is gaining the attention of the drug dealer, Deacon.

    There may be some minor spoilers in my review, for those who have not read yet. There are also several trigger warnings including drug abuse, verbal abuse, and bullying.

    I wanted to like this book. I did. A book with dark themes relevant to teenagers is a book we actually need more of. Unfortunately, this book missed the mark for me.

    To start with, the abuse from her parents was odd. They are verbally abusive; perhaps more, but that was really unclear. There is only one drug induced scene, where physical, maybe even sexual violence, is introduced. It was presented to feel like a repressed memory, but it was never brought up or explored again, so I’m not really sure.

    They constantly belittle Hannah, berate her, ignore her and are generally extremely vicious towards her. Even though we get an attempt at an explanation of their behavior towards her, it felt very shallow and unrealistic. The level of abuse in relation to the feeble explantation was simply lacking.

    “Hannah was a human pincushion for her parents’ criticism, and there was always ample room for just one more jab.”

    As far as her attempts to impress the popular girls at school, choosing to buy drugs for a party seems like an odd choice. It’s never really explored that these popular girls would even be in the drug scene, just that everyone knew where to get ‘the good stuff’. The entire initial deal is awkward and weird, and the ensuing relationship between Hannah and Deacon continues down that path.

    The characters and plot felt more like an array of scenes rather than a cohesive plot. Hannah is unsure of herself, has no self-confidence or self-esteem but she somehow manages to threaten and fight off the bullies of her school with no problems when it suits her. Other times she’s a quivering mess that can’t stand up for herself. That didn’t feel real to me.

    It was set in 1984, which is very specific and I was hoping it was for a specific reason. The only reason I could gather was to introduce how crack changed drug addiction in some areas, but that was such a brief mention, I may be grasping at straws for that connection. Product specific nods, or other pop culture references were added in, but for the most part they were clunky and unnecessary.

    I also really didn’t like Deacon. He’s supposed to be rich and charming, but damaged. A very cliche ‘more than just a bad boy’ character. He never really showed the kinder side underneath, and after one near rape scene, I was pretty done with his misunderstood excuses.

    “She searched his face. His constrained grin didn’t match his words or the shot of sadness in his eyes.”

    There are some problems with the romance portion of the book. Hannah doesn’t necessarily find herself other own, but rather changes her identity as a result of her relationship. The fact that the relationship is unhealthy, and at times, even toxic doesn’t send the message I would want in a YA book. I always struggle with books where the theme is we need someone else to become whole. Love is important, but it isn’t the key ingredient in self-worth or the journey to finding out who we are.

    This book felt like a really good draft, and I felt like it had a lot of potential. There are some very serious topics introduced, but the opportunity to explore them is largely untapped. While bullying, abuse and drug use are all brought up, the majority of the story focuses on the weird romance between Hannah and Deacon instead. The deeper examination is lacking and it leaves the book feeling superficial rather than hard hitting.

    As I said, I think that YA books that tackle the issues presented in this book are really important. They can help kids going through similar struggles and traumas feel understood, seen and maybe even help them work through them. But when these issues aren’t explored as fully as they should be, it can do more of a disservice to those teens who need it most.

    Thank you BookSparks and She Writes Press for sending me a copy to read and review.

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