Things We Have in Common

Things We Have in Common

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Yasmin, a high school misfit who desperately wants to fit in, notices a strange, sinister-looking man stalking Alice, the most popular girl in the school. Yasmin develops a relationship with him despite her resolution to use him to become a hero.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, 2017
Copyright Date: c2015
ISBN: 9780778326854
0778326853
Branch Call Number: F KAVAN-T
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm

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jasminestea
Sep 29, 2018

This book completely threw me. That ending! This is definitely a quick read that keeps you guessing. Everyone and everything is questioned, and it is an interesting mix of quirky, eerie, and thrilling. I think it would be a great book club book, as it would be interesting to see what each readers' interpretation is.

ArapahoeLesley Oct 26, 2017

Now, this book took me a while to get into because there isn't a like-able character in it. You pity the main character and feel embarrassed by her actions but then you hope all her weird fantasies are real and that she hasn't made up everything no matter how crazy. But then you realize that in hoping for this characters dreams to come true you become just as depraved and desperate as she is! An interesting YA contemporary with a dark side.

ArapahoeKati 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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