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Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Someone Like You (1998)

by Sarah Dessen

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This author just has a way with character development – she writes characters so that you come away feeling like you know them well, giving the reader a full and complete sense of each personality, from the father’s quirky behavior to the mother’s tried and true reactions, to Halley’s crush, Macon Faulkner, slipping candy into her pockets to his routine evasion of details of where he’s been and what he's been doing.

I followed the story connecting easily to the unfolding drama of 15-turned-16 year-old Halley’s life: her bond with best friend, Scarlett, her discord with her mother, her need to strike out, and be her own person, her draw to bad boy Macon, and her anxieties about going all the way with him. Things progress with Macon, but she puts on the brakes as she considers if she wants to give away this important part of her to a boy who may or may not love her, and she, him. I felt torn along with Halley, her situation was all so tangible — the emotions and the feels. And, this is what I love most about Dessen’s books — her stories always feel so credible. Each story is crafted slowly and thoughtfully, putting important matters front and center, without feeling forced or contrived.

I read this book in 3, short sittings and enjoyed it immensely. This Lullaby still remains my favorite book by Dessen, but “Someone Like You” comes in a close second. ( )
  SuzanneML | Apr 16, 2015 |
The movie "How to Deal" starring Mandy Moore and Trent Ford was based on this book.
  BookinghamPalace | Feb 28, 2015 |
Everything is normal in Halley’s until the stress, the boyfriend, and baby comes around. The book, Someone Like You, written by Sarah Dessen is a fiction book about Halley and Scarlett, two best friends. Halley is a junior in high school and her life goes from normal to crazy. Her boyfriend is not a fan of her parents and he's very secretive which Halley can't figure out. Then she figures out that Scarlett is pregnant with a dead guys baby. Also he mom was always use to being clued into Halley’s life until Halley notices that its just not her anymore. The whole book is about the challenges Halley has to face and how she faces them. The book takes place in her neighborhood and her school. Even all of this puts stress on Halley’s shoulders, she still manages to keep herself steady.
Junior year, Halley walks into PE class for the first time and notices Macon Faulkner. He’s the kind of guy that dates the popular girls, although Halley starts to gain a crush for him. They start talking and hanging out and things are good for Halley when all of the sudden, Macons best friend Michael dies in a car crash. He happened to be Scarlett's boyfriend. Later in the book Halley finds out that Scarlett is pregnant and the baby is Michael's. They have to face the fact that abortion is the best idea but does Scarlett take that chance? After Halley and Macon date for awhile, Macon is ready to do stuff but Halley isn't ready. This bothered Halley and makes her double think her thoughts on Macon. Will they stay together? The book goes on with the decisions everyone makes.
I loved this book very much. Sarah Dessen did a great job writing it and making it very interesting but not to confusing. I was always on the edge of my seat while reading it. I would recommend this book for all teenagers that love drama and romance books because this book pulls you right into the plot. I would read more of her writing because it was very enjoying reading this book. ( )
  auma14 | Oct 23, 2014 |
Someone Like You is about two best friends named Halley and Scarlet. When they were 16 Scarlet gets pregnant with her boyfriend Michael who dies in i car crash soon after she gets pregnant. Halley falls for Michael's best friend Macon and then finds out that he doesn't love her and breaks up with him. Scarlet then has her baby and keeps it even though her doesn't want her to. Scarlet names her baby Grace Halley after her best friend because she was there for her the whole time. I liked this book because it shows true friendship between Halley and Scarlet. Throughout the book Halley and Scarlet had their ups and down but in the end they were there for each other when they needed each other the most.
  br14ansp | May 30, 2014 |
Halley is best friends with Scarlett but things change. Scarlett's boyfriend is killed in a motorcycle accident and Scarlett finds herself pregnant. Halley's relationship with her mother has changed, too, as Halley has her first serious boyfriend.

This reader found too much drama, too much 'telling' versus 'showing' and a weird tone in this book. It purports to be a YA book yet reads like an adult novel -- or, at least, a book written for mothers wanting to 'understand' the teenage years. Major life issues (death, abortion, loss of a best friend, first love) are raised and then dismissed in a trivial fashion. Meh. ( )
  mjspear | May 13, 2014 |
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Someone Like You: In this book Halley and Scarlett are great friends since Scarlett moved to the neighborhood of FIENDS. (Scarlett and Halley were 16 years old.) Scarlett got pregnat of Michael Sherwood (a boyfriend she'd been with, since summer). Michael died in a traffic accident the next day he slept with Scarlett; later on Scarlett noticed she was waiting for a baby from his ex-boyfriend and she only told her best friend (Halley) about this. Halley had to learn how to be a friend, and how to support Scarlet (who had always supported Halley) in this difficult situation. Everything had changed since the big news, Halley and Scarlett asisted to the doctor and to the Lamaze classes together. Later on Halley's mother noticed of Scarlett's pregnancy. While her best friend was passing through her pregnancy, Halley experienced a relationship with Macon Faulkner. He was the first boyfriend Halley had really loved and he really caused trouble with Halley's parents specially with her mom. Halley still doubting about sleeping with Macon or not decided to go to a praty with him in New Year's Eve and sleep with him; things didn't work as both had planned, Macon was angry, he speeded up and everything ended in a bad car-accident, Halley was in the hospital, she had sprained her wrist, some ribs and had a cut near her eye. After this happened and Halley was still sore she borke up with Macon. Halley's mother (Julie) tried to control Halley's life in every aspect and wanted her to avoid mistakes (while Halley and Macon were in a relationship), things changed until Halley told her she couldn't avoid making bad decisions if she didn't let her learn. Julie as well experienced and revived the feeling of being a daughter by helping her mother recover from a fall she've had.
The nine months passed and Scarlett's belly had grown enough. It was the prom dance of the school and Scarlett went with Cameron (a boy she had liked in the Commercial Design Class) and Halley went with Noah Vaughn (the gfirst boyfriend Halley had had). During this dance, Scarlett started having the final contractions, indicating her water was almost broken. They went out of the school's dance floor and Macon gave them (including Cameron) a ride to the hospital. Here Scarlett was taken to the inside with the help of a holpital bed, Halley called Marion (Scarlett's mother) and Julie to give the notice, some time later Scarlett had gave birth to a baby girl, to which she called Grace Halley Thomas. Everyone at the prom party was in the hospital's waiting room waiting for the great news.
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Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Though their friendship may be tested by the strain, like a true friendship, it will endure.

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Halley's junior year of high school includes the death of her best friend Scarlett's boyfriend, the discovery that Scarlett is pregnant, and Halley's own first serious relationship.

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