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Someone Like You (1998)

by Sarah Dessen

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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 |
Dessen has an articulate, engaging voice, and so it's hard to put her books down. Even when the subject matter is difficult (OK--a dead classmate and a teenage pregnancy? It should be downright depressing), her characters are fully formed, complex, and lovely. They're people you want to know, and so you want to stay with the book. Despite the subject matter, this book was not a bummer. It was sweet; a story of real friendship through difficult struggles. It did make me a little sad that I never had a "best friend," so to speak.

More on this and other reviews on fefferbooks.com. ( )
  fefferbooks | May 12, 2014 |
Its a really sweet story, Dessens first great novel, and a non-conformist to her usual formula, very nice. ( )
  katie1802 | May 10, 2014 |
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 |
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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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