Just Like That, by Marsha Qualey, begins after Hanna, the 18 year old protagonist, dumped her boyfriend of almost a year. Upset because her friends are all asking her why she would break up with him, Hanna decides to take a midnight walk. She ends up by a frozen pond, sitting on a bench. A couple on skis approaches and warns her not to go out on the ice because the it gets too thin to support any weight in some spots. A little while later, another couple appears on a snowmobile. They are about Hanna's age and are happy when they arrive, though they quickly begin arguing. They ask Hanna for directions to the 24 hour diner they have heard about and mention it is their one year anniversary. She points them in the direction of the diner, which is across the pond and does not warn them about the ice. The next morning, Hanna is watching the news and it is announced that the couple fell through the ice. The boy got trapped under the ice and drowned. The girl froze to death on the shore, crawling for help. Hanna must now decide if she should tell anyone about how she was the last one to see them alive and that she could have prevented their deaths. She must also decide if she should tell their friends and families that they were not the happy couple the mourners believe they were, in fact, they seemed on the verge of a break up and most likely would not have wanted to be buried side by side as they were. While dealing with all these conflicts, Hanna befriends Will, the boy who discovered the girl's body on his morning jog, though he is keeping this a secret to protect his family. Hanna also becomes tied to the rest of his family, including his politician father and very troubled famous sister.
1. Hanna must decide if she should let out a big secret that is causing her to feel guilty. Have you ever known something no one else did that made you feel guilty? Did you tell anyone?
2. Hanna finds closure for the events that happened by becoming friends with Will. If you were Hanna, would you have done this or would it have served as a constant reminder of the couples' death? What would you have done instead?