Like No Other
Like No Other
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Annotation: Living on opposite sides of their Brooklyn neighborhood, strict Hasidic Devorah and fun-loving nerd Jaxon forge an unexpected connection when they become trapped in an elevator during a hurricane, after which they pursue a secret romance.
Genre: Love stories
Catalog Number: #118894
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 347 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-595-14675-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-93887-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-595-14675-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-93887-8
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In this contemporary version of West Side Story, the role of Maria is played by 16-year-old Devorah, a member of the Lubavitcher community, while this Tony is Jaxon, whose family is West Caribbean. Both are serious students, close to their families, and good kids. There's no reason for them to meet vorah rarely ventures outside the confines of her ultra-Orthodox community. Then, her sister goes into labor on the night of a hurricane, and Devorah is at the hospital with her. After a power loss stalls an elevator, Devorah finds herself alone with Jaxon, a female-male proximity strictly forbidden by her religion. But fate has other ideas, and that encounter leads them to a furtive relationship that awakens feelings in Devorah not just of romance but also of freedom. Told in the teens' alternating voices, the book offers even more perspectives as friends, family, and counselors learn about the situation (in Devorah's world, to their horror). The actions taken don't always feel organic to the characters, but readers will be fascinated by this peek into a different world, as they empathize with the couple's emotions and feel buoyed by the hopeful ending.
Horn Book
Devorah and Jaxon meet in an elevator and come away with that love-at-first-sight feeling. It's complicated; Devorah is a Hasidic Jew, Jaxon is black. Devorah, whether agonizing over her love life or sharing informative details about Hasidic daily life and religious philosophy, is believable and engaging. Her struggle between tradition and modernity, filial duty and personal fulfillment, is complex and realistic.
Publishers Weekly
Devorah is a Hasidic Jew, and her life is full of loving family, constant ritual, and avoiding outsiders. Jaxon is a smart, funny black teenager who has yet to see much success with girls. Both live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, but it takes a stuck elevator during a hurricane for the two to share their first words. Despite Devorah-s trepidation, sparks fly. Intense first love unfolds fast and furious between this unlikely pair, and Devorah is terrified they-ll be found out, shaming her family and ruining her future within her community. Readers will fall for these two lovestruck teenagers as easily as they fall for each other. Devorah-s chapters are rich in detail about Hasidic Jewish life, both the pain its rigid rules bring her and the love it inspires in her. Jaxon-s big heart and romantic nature make him the perfect match for Devorah, who craves personal freedom and a chance to chart her own future. LaMarche-s (Five Summers) characters are authentic and fully realized, and the dire consequences that threaten this clandestine romance make the novel read like a thriller. Ages 12-up. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Jaxon and Devorah inhabit different worlds despite living in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, but a fateful combination of a birth, a storm, and an empty stomach trap them together in a hospital elevator. For Devorah, who isn't allowed to talk to boysand forget about non-Jewish black boysthis is a stressful test of her obedience to her faith, family, and Hasidic community. She doesn't want to be a rebel, but she doesn't want to be rude to the friendly (and very cute) boy who is trying everything to get them out of the elevator. From Jaxon's point of view, fate has given him the opportunity to talk to a beautiful girl who would normally terrify him. As it often goes in these stories, Devorah and Jaxon are opposites destined to be star-crossed in love, but the voices and characters are fresh and interesting enough to keep readers engaged until the end. LaMarche alternates between the two perspectives, prefacing each chapter with a date and time stamp, underlining how time expands and contracts in odd ways when one is in love. Their time together is forbidden and precious, making each moment simultaneously infinite and too short. This is an effective romance with light touches of humor and serious drama. Fans of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor &; Park (St. Martin's Pr., 2013) may ultimately prefer that novel, which is more skillfully crafted, but they will enjoy this story of surprising love.&12; Joy Piedmont, LREI, New York City
Voice of Youth Advocates
Like No Other is a moving, coming-of-age story that will have even adults remembering the burning intensity and insecurities of their first love. Anyone who has ever felt the wonder and painful pleasure of first love will clearly identify with Devorah and Jaxon. Readers get a first-hand look at Devorah's secluded Hasidic traditions that, regardless of her feelings for Jaxon, she cannot ignore. Through Jaxon, readers see how hard his parents work to make a better life for him and his sisters, and the lengths to which Jaxon is willing to go for love. From both, readers feel the pain, despair, and heart-wrenching longing they face as they attempt to overcome all odds for just a few moments alone.For readers looking for a strong female protagonist, Devorah has it all: she is smart, kind, and devoted to her religion and her family. Both she and Jaxon have jobs, make good grades, and care for the youth in their families. Readers will see how one chance encounter can change the course of life forever. Want replaces reasoning and feelings take over rational thought. Tell readers to get ready for a roller coaster of emotions as they find out what is truly important and how strong two teens can be in the face of adversity.Juli Henley.
Word Count: 97,681
Reading Level: 6.1
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.1 / points: 16.0 / quiz: 167382 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.5 / points:23.0 / quiz:Q64122
Lexile: 1000L

Fitting seamlessly alongside current bestsellers like Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, and John Green's Paper Towns, LIKE NO OTHER provides a thoroughly modern take on romance that will inspire laughter, tears, and the belief that love can happen when you least expect it. 

"Electrifying…surprisingly seductive. LaMarche expertly conjures up what high-stakes infatuation feels like." —The New York Times Book Review
 
"[A] refreshing tale of forbidden love."—People Magazine

“One of the most poignant and star-crossed love stories since The Fault in Our Stars.”Entertainment Weekly

Fate brought them together. Will life tear them apart? Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing. Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). They've spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed...until one day, they did. 

When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection. Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jaxon arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they go? Just how much are they willing to give up? 


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