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—an ill-fated effort, except that she captures the attention of Deacon, a handsome and mysterious boy who also happens to be her school’s resident drug dealer. Suddenly, Hannah’s life takes an unexpected detour into Deacon’s dangerous and seductive world—but when her relationship and family unravel around her, she is forced to reexamine what she believes about herself and the people she trusts the most.
Perfect for fans of Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, I Like You Like This is the first book in a poignant young adult duology about addiction, sexuality, peer pressure, and first love.
“Hannah’s story is primo, and the surprise twist of the epilogue will have readers stoked with anticipation for a sequel. Overall, a tubular story for readers looking for their next great melodramatic love story.”
“The two teens’ unpredictable melting pot of emotions and attempts to find their place resonates.”
“A poignant coming-of-age read full of heart-pounding drama and a swoon-worthy romance, I Like You Like This is guaranteed to captivate readers from beginning to end. Think Riverdale, but set in the 80s.”
“For fans of 13 Reasons Why, Heather Cumiskey’s new novel takes a spin on a classic.”
“This teen narrative will pull at your heartstrings . . . I Like You Like This is a book you’ll definitely like!”
—RT Book Reviews
“I Like You Like This paints a gut-wrenching portrait of a young girl’s journey through a world bent on rejecting her . . . readers will be swept away by Hannah’s inner turmoil and search for acceptance in a story that transcends the typical formula and delivers a mind-blowing ending that will leave you wondering: What. Just. Happened.”
—Alane Adams, award-winning author of The Legends of Orkney series
“First love, addiction, and peer pressure are sprinkled lovingly across the paths of young Hannah and Deacon. I Like You Like This tells a beautiful story of finding yourself, learning to love yourself, and living as your true self.”
—Leora Krygier, author of Keep Her and When She Sleeps
“As if being a teenager isn’t traumatic enough. Cumiskey captures the angst of high school in her young adult novel about drugs, sex and parents. Readers will root for star-crossed lovers, Hannah and Deacon, both suffering from under the hands of those that love them. Growing up is hard, but having parents who never managed to grow up themselves is even harder. A heart-wrenching story about the ripple effects of drugs and addiction, and what can happen to teenagers of parents who fail them.”
—Jennifer Gooch Hummer, award-winning author of Girl Unmoored and Operation Tenley
“Juicy, tragic, and appealing, I Like You Like This, is a love story for every girl who has fallen for the wrong boy for the right reasons. Misfit Hannah Zandana is completely relatable as she sucks the reader into her world of adolescent pain and abuse. Readers of YA romance are sure to eat this book up.”
—Carolyn Cohagan, award-winning author of The Lost Children and Time Zero
“In I Like You Like This, Heather Cumiskey tells the compelling story of 16-year-old Hannah as she struggles for acceptance within her family and at school . . . A captivating debut.”
—Fleur Phillips, award-winning author of Crumble, Beautiful Girl, and I am Lucky Bird