Someone Like You

Someone Like You

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Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years, sharing secrets, clothes, and crushes--but they've never had to share the kinds of things they face their junior year. Death, pregnancy, and new love put a lot of pressure on the girls' friendship.
Publisher: Penguin 1998
ISBN: 9780141302690
Branch Call Number: YA/PBK/DESSEN
Characteristics: Paperback


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Jun 17, 2020

I usually don’t like Sarah Dessen’s books, but this one is one of my favourite. It really portrays how a strong friendship should look like. Definitely worth your time.

Aug 09, 2019

this book is soooo freaking goooood ahhh

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

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.

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.

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

Apr 01, 2012

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

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


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