Things We Have in Common

Things We Have in Common

eBook - 2017
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Reader beware: You'll think you know what's happening, and you'll think you see what's coming next... But you'll be very, very wrong. Fifteen-year-old Yasmin Doner is a social misfit—obese, obsessive and deemed a freak by her peers at school. With her father dead and her mother in a new relationship, Yasmin yearns for a sense of belonging, finding comfort only in food and the fantasy of being close to Alice Taylor, a girl at school. Yasmin will do anything to become friends with pretty and popular Alice—even if Alice, like everyone else, thinks she's a freak. When Yasmin notices a sinister-looking man watching Alice from the school fence, she sees a way of finally winning Alice's affection—because how this stranger is staring is far more than just looking, it's wanting. Because this stranger, Yasmin believes, is going to take Alice. Yasmin decides to find out more about this man so that when he does take Alice, Yasmin will be the only one who knows his name and where he lives...the only one who can save her. But as Yasmin discovers more about him, her affections begin to shift. Perhaps she was wrong about him. Perhaps she doesn't need Alice after all. And then Alice vanishes.
Publisher: [S.I.] : MIRA, 2017.
ISBN: 9781460396391
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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AL_KATI Apr 10, 2017

Here's the thing. Yasmin's voice will suck you in because she is always speaking to "you." Who is you? You better keep reading. But the end? The end threw me and I had to Google what happened. There are theories out there. Maybe you'll come up with your own. "Things We Have in Common" would also be a great thriller-type novel for teens.

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abcDena
Mar 02, 2017

Absolutely gripping portrait of a grief-addled obese girl who faces bullying at school and lives in a fantasy world of her own making.

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StarGladiator
Feb 23, 2017

I would call this a unique piece of fiction [simply because it is relatively difficult to classify and qualify]. An intriguing read; somewhat interesting in that it really isn't Young Adult, although it isn't quite horror, and not quite a murder mystery, but somewhere in between? [Publishers Weekly critic is far closer to being on target, the other is out to lunch!]

Ugh. If you want to be thoroughly sickened, read this book. It's all about the disturbed ramblings of a teenage mind. I kept reading, hoping for a conclusion. Wish I hadn't. Not one uplifting thing about this book.

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4catsdogs
Sep 04, 2015

I would have given this book 5 stars were it not for the anti-climactic ending. Still, it was a real page turner.

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