Review

Review: He Must Like You

Title: He Must Like You
Author: Danielle Younge-Ullman
Release date: July 14th, 2020
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

Libby’s having a rough senior year. Her older brother absconded with his college money and is bartending on a Greek island. Her dad just told her she’s got to pay for college herself, and he’s evicting her when she graduates so he can Airbnb her room. A drunken hook-up with her coworker Kyle has left her upset and confused. So when Perry Ackerman, serial harasser and the most handsy customer at The Goat where she waitresses, pushes her over the edge, she can hardly be blamed for dumping a pitcher of sangria on his head. Unfortunately, Perry is a local industry hero, the restaurant’s most important customer, and Libby’s mom’s boss. Now Libby has to navigate the fallout of her outburst, find an apartment, and deal with her increasing rage at the guys who’ve screwed up her life–and her increasing crush on the one guy who truly gets her. As timely as it is timeless, He Must Like You is a story about consent, rage, and revenge, and the potential we all have to be better people.


Review:

“My mom said the same thing to me in first grade when I told her Rod Catena and his friends—wretched cretins even back then—were spending recess throwing balls of ice at Emma and me.

‘He must like you,’ she said, as she gently attended to the goose egg on the side of my head. ‘He probably has a crush on you.'”

Rage, frustration, empathy, understanding. That’s what this book brought out in me.

So many of us can relate to aspects of Libby’s story, and that’s what made this book heart-wrenching. We follow Libby, who’s dealing with a disaster of a family situation while navigating the sexual assault and harassment she’s also suffered in the past. She navigates what consent looks like and the ways in which men take advantage of women.

It was a nuanced story in the ways she faced her trauma. It was also encouraged in this book that people seek help when they need it. The ways Libby deals with her trauma may not work for everyone, and its her choice in how she navigates it, and the fact that it’s always 100% her choice is a perpetuating theme. The one thing her situation really highlighted though is that it is not always black and white.

I loved Libby as a character. She truly develops and grows as the story progresses and she had me rooting for her the whole time. It also helps that so many aspects of her life are relatable, and it was really easy to get emotional invested in her story. All it took was the first chapter to get me so angry and empathetic for her; anyone who’s worked in food service, or anywhere really, has dealt with men like she encounters.

This book had me crying not in sadness but anger. Also because aspects of this hit so close to home. There was a lot that went on with her family that was truly another nightmare on top of her already existing problems, and while the situation isn’t totally what I’ve experiences, elements of it really had me feeling for Libby because I’ve felt so much of that too. Speaking out and standing up for yourself to family is huge, and if you’ve dealt with difficult and dramatic family situations, it’s probably relatable to you in ways as well.

Overall, I’m very happy to have discovered this Canadian author and happy to have had the pleasure of meeting her at Penguin’s OLA event. I’ll be watching to see what else she writes.

*Arc received from publisher for honest review*


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