Someone Like Him by Ann Herrick
Publisher: Books We Love, Ltd.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (75 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
City girl, country guy. Will opposites attract–or clash?
When New-York-City girl Emily visits her cousin Janelle in Oregon, Emily wonders how she’ll survive the wilderness. Janelle wonders if the wilderness will survive Emily’s visit–and if she can convince her cousin to help save part of an old-growth forest.
Meanwhile, Emily also wonders if a big-city girl can get along with a county guy–named Bret. Under forest canopies and by crystal-clear waters she struggles with her growing attraction to him. But they’re so different. Whoever thought she’d fall for someone like him?
A summer vacation in the middle of nowhere might be more fun than it appears at first glance.
I liked seeing how Emily’s friendship with her cousin, Janelle, changed over the course of their visit. Their personalities and interests couldn’t have been more different, so it was interesting to see how both girls adapted to spending so much time together. They both clearly cared a lot about each other, and it showed.
While many of the things Emily found bewildering about life in the country made a lot of sense,
There were a few times when her inexperience was a little hard to believe. She’d never heard of Bigfoot, for example, which totally shocked me. Her adjustment to rural culture would have been just as amusing without including references to legends that I assume anyone who has access to the Internet would have heard of at some point. With that being said, this was a minor criticism of a story that I otherwise enjoyed quite a bit.
The romantic elements of the plot were given plenty of time to show up. I appreciated the fact that they characters involved in this subplot got to know each other so well before anything even remotely flirtatious happened. It’s nice to anticipate what might happen between two people while they figure out if they have crushes on each other. Writing it this way also made me eager to see if the spark of interest between them would develop into anything because Ms. Herrick was so good at keeping the audience guessing while her characters decided what they wanted to do with their feelings.
Someone Like Him should be read by anyone who is in the mood for a funny romance.