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Someone Like You (1998)

by Sarah Dessen

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Another great Sarah Dessen book, I've liked all of hers so far and I'm looking forward to reading more.
This one was great the way it focussed a lot on friendship, and had the love story as well. I really like that about this book.

Full review on my blog at http://www.thebooktower.webs.com ( )
  bookish92 | Mar 20, 2014 |
This book was so good because it had so much emotion, feelings and heartfelt moments. In the very beginning of the book, it explains how something tragic happens to Scarlett's boyfriend. Throughout the story, the friendship between Scarlett and her best friend Halley was so strong when they had to overcome a situation like this. In the end they realize that a true friend is a promise you keep forever. If you like romantic, drama and friendship novels then you'll love this book. ( )
  br14krmi | Nov 8, 2013 |
Sarah Dessen is a well-renowned US author, but little known here in New Zealand. This is the first book I have read by her. It feels quite American - with mentions of camp and prom and Thanksgiving, but I do not think that should put people off. It is also refreshing to read something aimed at the teenage market that does not focus on vampires, werewolves, angels or other supernatural beings, but instead deals with real teenage girls in realistic situations. It does deal with relationship issues - that all important question "is he worth my virginity?" and the coming to terms with your identity, developing the confidence to stand up for yourself and make mature decisions. All things which I think are sadly brushed over in the "I-found-my-true-love-at-16-and-he-wasn't-human" themed books. At times it's a bit gritty, and at times you want to slap Halley, the protagonist, and tell her that she's making a mistake. And, of course, this novel is about friendship - about the bond between two female friends that has lasted since childhood and will last for many years to come. For those who have read and enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson, Melina Marchetta, Ann Brashares - then you shall enjoy these books too. ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
In the book Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, Halley is the perfect daughter, that is, until freshman year comes along. Her old friends are old news except the dependable Scarlett, who is steady always in Halley's life. When Halley leaves for a summer camp, she quickly returns back home to comfort Scarlett, who has just lost her boyfriend, Michael, in a motorcycle accident. Soon after, Scarlett learns that she is pregnant with Michael's baby. In the meantime Halley meets Michael's best friend Macon. A relationship develops between Halley and Macon, but when Halley realizes how much she is changing for Macon, she has to make the choice and decide with whom her priorities and loyalties lie.

Although Sarah paints a great picture of teens and their behaviors, I overall disliked the book. I thought the characters weren't anything special, and there really wasn't any description given to anything. The book would pass day by day, then skip over months. I don’t get it.
  br13maoro | Jun 6, 2013 |
One of Dessen's earlier books featuring a girl who decideds to stick by her best friend when the friend's boyfriend dies in an accident, the friend is left pregnant, and Halley has to learn to support Scarlett when it's always been the other way around. ( )
  rin.wilson | Apr 20, 2013 |
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This one is for Bianca.
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Scarlett Thomas has been my best friend for as long as I can remember.
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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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