Someone Like You

Someone Like You

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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998.
ISBN: 9780142401774
9780670877782
0670877786
Branch Call Number: J/DESS
Characteristics: 281p. 22cm.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 25, 2016

Best friends Halley and Scarlett have done everything together for as long as they could remember. Scarlett ends up meeting Michael and falls in love. But after a tragic motorcycle accident, Michael dies and Scarlett is left facing the grief of loss and learning she is pregnant with Michael’s baby on her own with Halley by her side. It is a truly heartfelt book, that really shows a person what a true friendship is, and how one person can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
- @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

black_duck_2 Sep 30, 2015

it is sooo good, that I realize how life will be

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Jenna_Lambert
Aug 13, 2014

Halley just wants to know who she really is; she isn’t her mother, and never will be. She also isn’t her best friend, Scarlet, who got tangled up in some unfortunate business with a boy. As she tries to find herself, Halley is forced to make many decisions, some that aren’t always good. On top of finding a way to support herself, she must try to support Scarlet after she loses her boyfriend and finds out she has been left with his baby. Not only that, but Halley’s relationship may not be as great and truthful as she may think. Eventually, everything that has been piling itself of top of her might just be too much for Halley to handle.

This book was a quick read-and by quick I mean I read it in a couple of hours- and it wasn’t that memorable. Truthfully, I’ve never really understood the hype for the Sarah Dessen books. They all seem the same to me in a sense, and I’ve read enough of the same story for it to become a bit tedious. Halley made a lot of unwise actions as a main character that got me frustrated as a reader. She was easily influenced by peer pressure and focused a lot on the relationships around her, which doesn’t send a positive message out to young readers. I liked the friendship that Halley and Scarlet had with each other; it seemed very real and caring, at the least.

Overall, I wasn’t that impressed. This will probably be the last time I pick up a Sarah Dessen book.

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MaryN_143
Jul 15, 2013

i feel that dessen didn't really thoroughly portray the switch in roles in scarlett and halley's relationship; being, scarlett relying on halley more. but i guess, she never really included scarlett and halley's previous stage of friendship. the book was well written for the most part. i'm not in love with it. i was slightly disappointed.

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manders150
Aug 01, 2012

A great story about friendship and the obstacles/triumphs that friends help us thru.

wish i got the chance to read this book. hope later on i get too. looking forward too it

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CaitlynnNoelle
Apr 01, 2012

I had my doubts but this was actuall a really good book!

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BethHMW
Sep 26, 2011

With this novel, I truly appreciated why Sarah Dessen is such a revered YA author. The issues she deals with including pregnancy, dating, and mother-daughter relationships are handled deftly and realistically. Halley, as the main character, is better developed than the other characters but the individuals that surround her do have sufficient depth and feel realistic. Halley's struggles with her issue of identity are highly believable as she tries to determine who she is, drawing away from her previously very close relationship with her mother and her developing relationship with Macon. In amongst all of these serious topics are bright slashes of humour and true caring between Halley and Scarlett that make the novel a worthwhile read.

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dprodrig
Sep 02, 2011

This is the only Sarah Dessen book which doesn't follow her formula, which makes it a bit weird to read if you're not open to the possibility of it. Not only that, but she does it well enough that not getting the guy (who was no prize) by the end of the story was well worth the read.

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Nubia
Jul 26, 2011

"Someone Like you" is an amazing book that is basically about friendship and the way teenagers nowadays get in love with guys that are just not worth wasting time with and they end up hurting themselves. Scarlet and Halley are best friends in the story. Scarlett was going out with Michael. However Michael dies and Scarlet ends up expecting his baby, but she doesn't know until Michael is dead. Marion, scarlett's mom, doesn't want her daughter to ruin her life having a child and she wants her to get an abortion. While Halley is in love with a guy named Michael that is just a liar. Will Scarlett keep the baby and not listen to her mother? and will Halley understand that Macon is not for her like her parents have been telling her? Read the book and find out.

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”

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