Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz

Someone to Love

Constantly in the spotlight thanks to her politician father's rising star, Olivia Blakely feels the pressure to be perfect. As the youngest girl in her class, she tries hard to keep up and to seem mature to the older boy she's crushing on, even as she catches his eye. But the need to look good on camera and at school soon grows into an all-consuming struggle with bulimia. As Liv works toward her goal of gaining early admission to art school, incl...

Details Someone to Love

TitleSomeone to Love
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Someone to Love

  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    First of all, I just want to put a trigger warning on this book for anyone who suffers with an eating disorder or self harms. You might want to proceed with caution.Books about eating disorders are sort of like when you see a really disturbing image on the telly, and you don't want to look but you just can't stop yourself. I've suffered from anorexia for around 5 years now, and spent 2 of those years in a psychiatric hospital, and while I'm bette...
  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HQ and NetGalley.)This was a YA contemporary story about a politician’s daughter with bulimia.I felt quite sorry for Liv in this as she seemed to have so much going on, and seemed to be completely self-destructing as the book went along. The storyline in this was about Liv’s life struggling with her eating disorder, and trying to live up to her parent’s expectations of her. She st...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.Trigger Warning for scenes involving self-harm, underage drinking, and the topic of eating disorders, specifically bulimia. My previous experience with Melissa De la Cruz was reading "The Witches of East End" and this book is certainly not dealing in magic. Rather, Cruz's character, Liv is a high school student with a talent for art, but a very low self esteem. Her parents...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz is a YA novel that digs deep into the issues surrounding bulimia. While there is some enlightening information contained in this book that will educate its readers about a serious and often ignored topic, there are too many other topics that this book also attempts to address, which seems to detract from the original theme. The main character is one that can be empathized with, but she is not one that I found...
  • Alaina
    I absolutely love Melissa de la Cruz and her writing. So when I saw this book was new this year (and month) AND it was available at my library.. well you don't have to tell me twice. I clicked the "reserve" button way too quickly.Someone to Love's cover is freaking beautiful that I just wanted to kiss the book when I picked it up. I didn't actually do that because I probably would've freaked out the librarians who were watching me.. Now this book...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    GRADE: D1.5 STARS High school junior Olivia wilts under the pressure of her family’s high expectations and her father’s gubernatorial campaign. Bulimic, a heavy drinker and a cutter, finally dating her crush Zach isn’t the dream she had imagined. Liv is on the outs with her best friends and spiraling out of control. I very much enjoyed Melissa de la Cruz’s SOMETHING IN BETWEEN, but struggled through SOMEONE TO LOVE. The premise of a polit...
  • Lost in Book Land
    I recently finished listening to Someone to Love by Melissa De La Cruz. I am a huge fan of her books and I felt like I went through this audiobook pretty fast. I made it my commute audiobook and then last weekend I listened to several hours at home. I will say there could be a lot of triggers in this book as it covers sensitive topics such as eating disorders.SPOILERS AHEADThis book focuses on Liv a teenage girl, the daughter of a politician, and...
  • Nancy The book junkie
    Rating: 3.5/5Review to come!
  • Nasty Lady MJ
    To see review with gifs click here.Note, originally I two starred this, but upon reflection I can't justify the extra star. This book is just too much. Warning, this book is trigger inducing if you suffer from body dysmorphia, have an eating disorder, experienced sexual assault, and have committed self harm you might want to avoid this book. Because the book goes into in great detail, and God knows I could see it as trigger inducing. Even though ...
  • Resch Reads
    *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*I wanted to fall madly in love with this book...but alas I couldn't. I have been reading Melissa de la Cruz since she published her Blue Blood Series, way back in the day. So I thought this book would be a slam dunk but the topic of an eating disorder is dangerous water to tread in. The reason is, as someone who once struggled with one, I find authors have a hard time accurately portraying the ...
  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)
    This was an okay book about a girl with bulemia who finds herself in the public spotlight when her dad decides to run for governor.The story was paced a little slowly but it rattled along okay and I guess it shed some light on topics that are relevant, like constantly feeling compared to other girls, self-harm, parental pressure and eating disorders. There were some aspects of the book that didn't feel so relevant, though. Like the problems Olivi...
  • Laura
    I have a love / hate relationship with this book. On the one hand I really loved it, but on the other hand I can understand how problematic this is and can be detrimental for people suffering from eating disorders, self harm and associated mental health conditions. I'd approach this one with caution.See my spoilery thoughts:(view spoiler)[- Whilst I appreciate the accurate depiction of self-harm and purging, it was also EXTREMELY graphic. This ca...
  • Shauna Yusko
    I'm not sure this was entirely successful. Seemed like just too much thrown into the story and some of the plot points didn't have the depth or wrap up they deserved.
  • Sabrina Kaye Fox
    Trigger Warning: Self-harm, eating disordersI'm not really big into contemporary, but this book was a welcome surprise. I received it in the mail, let it sit on my counter for a few days so I could finish another book, then picked this one up.At first I really thought I wasn't going to be able to get into it. It seemed so cliche, the main character, Liv, seemed too shallow.Fast-forward to a couple hours later: still in the same spot, still in the...
  • ❤ Aly ❤
    First book that I have ever read on this topic. I mean the fact that bulimia is front and center was a different experience for me. I felt uncomfortable during some scenes *trigger warning for self harm*I felt horrible for Olivia. I mean the fact that a past boyfriend told her that she was fat when she was 120 pounds was heartbreaking. Since the breakup, she set her goal weight to be under 100 pounds with whatever means necessary. She was getting...
  • Allison
    I really disliked this book and I should have stopped reading after the first few chapters but I figured I would give it a real good chance and I hate quitting books. First of all there are lots of triggers like eating disorders, bulimia, depression, anxiety and cutting. It really wasn't the content that bothered me it was the characters especially Olivia and her major flaws. I know I have never had to deal with those issues so I can't really sym...
  • Olivia Cakarun
    This book was incredibly powerful and moving.The ideas that Melissa draws out throughout the story, combined with the dynamic stream-of-consciousness narration by the protagonist, propels the emotional and stirring impact of this novel upon it’s readers. I am truly captivated by this novel - it is raw and unafraid of exposing the truth behind these (sometimes sadly idealised) topics. If you’re looking for a contemporary novel with something a...
  • Anne Oftedahl
    Melissa de la Cruz strikes once againI missed the fact that this was even coming out, and have heard nothing about it, but this is an incredible book.A strong story combined with poetic and artistic language leaves a big impact after having read this...Trigger warnings for eating disorders, sexual harassment, self-harm and an overall self-hating and self-destructive thought-process
  • Kristen
    This novel did such a poor job of addressing sexual assault. Very disappointing. Plus in the end, the main character was able to 'fix' her eating disorder and binge drinking so easily.
  • Lara
    Actual rating: 3.5 Stars I can't decide whether this book deserves 3 or 4 stars so 3.5 it is!
  • Cali Burke
    Read this book at the perfect time in my life to truly appreciate all the beautiful and magical lessons within. SO thankful for another one of Melissa de la Cruz's books.
  • Malia
    I was surprised at the low rating for this one. De la Cruz is a good author. But after reading it, I have to say I can see why. I like the premise. But it seemed this book could have used some tighter editing. I'm pretty sure I even saw a typo because the sentence didn't make sense the way it's printed. But mostly it needed to be tighter in the narrative. Olivia would have the same thoughts over and over again. One page she'd say so-and-so was do...
  • Ailsa
    A moving but timely novel about a subject unfortunately very close to a lot of young women's hearts, eating disorders.Olivia is the daughter of a politician and suffers from pressure from all sides - family, friends, school, relationships. Although her life is a little more glamorous than most of the readers will be, the struggles she deals with are ones which are almost universal to teenagers these days. I loved her friendships, especially with ...
  • Sydney Huff
    Thanks to the publisher I won a free advanced copy of this book here on Goodreads. I absolutely love everything that Melissa De La Cruz writes but my favorite so far has been the Witches of East End because I'm a big reader of fantasy and supernatural books. I usually don't read the typical romance novels because they usually don't keep my attention but this book surpassed those expectations. I'm very happy with it and how she wrote about the top...
  • Larissa Katarina
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway but it does in no way reflect my review. I liked the topic it dealt with, it showed the hard truth of the matter. It was very slow though and sometimes dragged. I wanted it a little more faster paced and to go a little more in depth with the side effects of the topic.
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  • Tiffany Jones
    Olivia Blakely is constantly in the spotlight due to her politician father's rising star and this causes her to feel an incredible amount of pressure to be perfect. She finds herself struggling to be exactly what her parents want her to be, what her friends want her to be, and what the general public wants her to be. As the youngest girl in her class, she works hard to keep up and prove her maturity to her classmates and the older boy that she ha...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    When Olivia Blakely’s father announces that he is running for governor, Olivia suddenly feels even more pressure to be perfect. However, she’s been struggling with an eating disorder, making the pursuit of perfection more complicated. Olivia must learn to block out her negative inner voice and follow her dreams of becoming an artist. SOMEONE TO LOVE by Melissa de la Cruz follows Olivia as she learns to accept that she needs help and that it...
  • Emily
    This book has the potential to be incredibly triggering to those that have suffered or are suffering with either an eating disorder or self-harm - please read it knowing your own limits. I myself have been in recovery for just over five years now and I found some parts left me drawing my breath, and needing to just walk away from it. Going solely on Someone to Love, as my first book by Melissa de la Cruz, I can honestly say that I don’t plan o...