Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

March 13, 2008 at 7:26 am 1 comment

I’ve been on a Sarah Dessen kick, since I read That Summer last week. And last weekend How to Deal, which is based on That Summer and Someone Like You was on Lifetime, so I watched it. I must say I liked this book better than That Summer, which isn’t too surprising, as That Summer was her first novel. This book reminds me more of Just Listen and her other great books.

Plot summary: Halley and Scarlett are best friends. Halley is the quiet one, and Scarlett is the brave one. Then, Scarlett’s boyfriend is killed at the beginning of their junior year, leaving behind a pregnant Scarlett, and for the first time ever Scarlett really needs Halley. There’s two interesting secondary plots revolving around Halley’s relationship with her mother and Halley’s relationship with bad boy Macon.

This was a great read. I appreciated Halley’s struggle as the “good girl” who wants to skip school and do things with bad boy Macon, and the relationship she has with her mother is an excellent portrayal of the difficulty mothers and daughters face in the teen-age years. The friendship between Halley and Scarlett is also accurate. All in all another winner from Sarah Dessen.


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  • 1. shylockbooks  |  March 5, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I liked this one a lot better than Sarah Dessen’s other books, and it seemed to get it “right” with the feeling of summertime and young love.


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