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JUST LIKE THAT by Marsha Qualey

JUST LIKE THAT

By Marsha Qualey

Age Range: 12 - 14

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8037-2840-9
Publisher: Dial

Qualey delivers another finely tuned story of a realistic young character coping with dramatic events. Hanna, 18, fails to give two teenagers a warning that might have saved their lives. When she learns of their deaths, she’s consumed with guilt and unable to tell anyone that she might have saved them. She meets Will, the boy who found the bodies, and the two develop an instant attraction. On learning that Will is only 14, she tries to break off the relationship, only to become involved with Will’s famous family. As time passes, their lives continue to intertwine, as both mature. Qualey has the ability to keep her stories completely believable while exploring the depths of characters going through crises. Her characters remain real enough to entice her readers into their world. This latest continues her string of winners. It’s an absorbing journey out of adolescence. (Fiction. 12-14)