The countdown to Sarah Dessen's new book Once and For All is ON!! To celebrate, Penguin Teen is running the #ReadaDessen tour featuring the complete backlist of Ms. Dessen's awesome books!! Today I'm talking about Someone Like You-- which is a book I reread for the first time since probably 2002.
Note: I was provided a copy of Someone Like You by Penguin Teen as a #PRHPartner to read and spotlight this book.
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 was devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.
You know what I discovered while rereading this?? I really freaking missed Sarah Dessen's stories. If I were to choose one author to emulate their writing-- I think it would be her. She has this way of making me sink into a setting and a character's life that feels like---- I don't know how to describe it, but I guess it's sort of like home. Just comfortable and easy.
There were things about Someone Like You that I wished were a little different. She kept going back to the phrase "someone like me" when referring to Halley, but I didn't think it was really resolved WHO Halley was by the end of the book. I knew who she was in relation to Scarlett or her mother or Macon, but I didn't know who she was when it came to just her.
Also, who is Cameron and what is his deal? He's introduced, but then he's just kind of always there??
What I love about SD is the family factor. She has the best way of writing conflict between parents and teens that feel real. The parents are present, they aren't conveniently absent so the character can do what they want. But they're FRUSTRATING. Kind of like how real parents are to real teens. The parents make mistakes (and a lot of them are going through a lot of their own life stuff too), they are over-protective, or nosey, and unwilling to let go. I love seeing that stuff in a book because most of us have gone through it.
Teen pregnancy: I usually don't read books about it because I've read many that just don't handle the subject well. I thought this was done here to PERFECTION. Sure, Scarlett pissed me off at times (especially during Halley's indecision about losing her virginity), but overall I thought her situation felt accurate and like my own best friend was going through it.
Reading about Scarlett and Halley's friendship made me wish I had a Scarlett in my life. Not that I don't have friends that I love-- but their friendship was somehow something more. It was like sisters, and since I'm an only child, I can only imagine what that's like.
OVERALL: YES to the way this book made me feel. It was like I was reading about MY best friends and I was sitting there with them. I love how Sarah Dessen's books feel like home to me-- her writing is just easy and vivid. I thought this book did teen pregnancy perfectly, and the friendship and family factors were also a big plus. For a book published in 1998, I thought it held up well.
Add it to your To-Read List!!
My Rating: 5/5
Character: Halley Cooke
Book: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
- Deep down, I think Halley is a romantic. I think she would love to read about Lara Jean's crushes and boy expectations. She would also probably relate to Lara Jean's hot tub freak out and her sometimes questionable choice in dudes.
April 17 – Great Imaginations
April 17 – Nicole’s Novel Reads
April 19 – Peace Love Books
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
April 17 – Picture Books to YA
April 20 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile
April 20 – Don’t Fold the Page
April 20 – Pink Polka Dot Books
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