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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 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 k ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Penguin (first published May 1st 1998)
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Zoe
Jul 10, 2008 Zoe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to someone who needed a time filler book
Recommended to Zoe by: Hannah
This book was straight up Sarah Dessen (Queen of teenage girly books that all have the same plot but are somehow still good), but I was disapointed by the choice of main character.

I've heard all about the bad boy boyfriend, the pregnant best friend, the writer mom, but I wanted to hear the story from the point of Cameron! How out of the blue would it be to read a story about a boy who moves into a new town and befriends a pregnant girl whose baby's father is dead?...(and perhaps is in love with
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Kandi
This book hit so close to home for me. I'm sitting here filled up with so much emotion over this book. Scarlett's story is close to my own with her unexpected pregnancy as a teenager and her struggles. I even had my own 'Halley' to help me (my bf Sara) along the way to take care of me, tell me everything was ok, and just to be there. Everyone should have that best friend like the book says. I loved this story, although I wish there was a better ending. Something to really solidify it so you had ...more
Kelly
In Someone Like You Scarlett's boyfriend, Micheal dies in a car accident and finds out that she is pregnant while her best friend, Halley is away at summer camp. Halley and Scarlett have been best friend since they were little, so Halley knows she has to come home to see Scarlett. Halley helps Scarlett along with her pregnancy, putting up with her mood changes and food cravings. Scarlett has always been the more outgoing, independent one out of the pair, but now that Scarlett is going to have ...more
Zoë (readbyzoe)
Book 5/100 of 2015 and "A book on the bottom of your TBR" for the 2015 reading challenge.
I wasn't really feeling this book. It was semi-similar to Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson in the sense that there is a introverted and shy main character who has always been outshined by her outgoing best friend and finds her confidence throughout. I LOVED Since You've Been Gone (my second to last read before this one) and I continually was thinking "Wow, I liked that book better. I wish I was re-rea
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M
3.5
This book surprised me. Initially it was a solid 2 stars, eventually reaching 4 and settling on 3.5. I was surprised by it because initially it seemed so incredibly dumb. The novel opens with Halley getting a phone call that her bff's boyfriend has been killed in an accident. Now, this is high drama. But does anyone seem fazed? Mmm, not really. Scarlett, the bff in question, is washing dishes while she relays the news to Halley, and Halley's mom seems pretty chilled about it, not even wanting
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Thomas
3.5/5 stars.

By reading this book I can clearly see how much Sarah Dessen has improved as an author after several novels. While Someone Like You is a likable, heart-warming story, it lacks the strong emotions and pitch-perfect writing of Dessen's later books.

One thing I would have loved was if this book was written in the perspective of a different character, namely Cameron or Scarlet. The story seems to revolve around Scarlet as opposed to Halley, so seeing her thoughts at certain points of the
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Carito García
• "La vida es un lugar feo y desagradable para no tener un mejor amigo" •

Someone like you es el primer libro que leo de Sarah Dessen y definitivamente no va a ser el último. Creo que las cinco estrellas le quedan cortas.
Desde el principio me llevé la linda sorpresa de que en este libro se basó una de las películas que marcaron mi adolescencia How to Deal. Y, si bien, es una historia sobre el primer amor, también es una historia sobre la importancia de la amistad y la lealtad, un libro que toca
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Reynje
2.5 stars

Is it just me, or do Sarah Dessen’s earlier books feel... grittier than the later releases? Well, “gritty” isn’t the right word, I know. Sarah Dessen’s work is realistic, painfully so at times, but not particularly “edgy” or dark, for want of better words.

My point is that having read Dessen’s later work first, then backtracking, I was struck by rawness of ‘Someone Like You’ in comparison with say, ‘What Happened To Goodbye”.

While I didn’t find the teen pregnancy storyline particularly
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Tatiana
I don’t have a best friend. Sure I have friends. Friendly acquaintances, plenty. But not a best friend like the way Halley has Scarlett, or Scarlett has Halley in Sarah Dessen’s Someone Like You. So I spent the 24-hours it took me to down this novel (seriously need to find something to do this summer) being just slightly envious of fictional characters.

Even if they are going through a tumultuous period wherein Halley, like the comet, is experiencing all the pleasure and punishment of first love
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Ashley ribaudo

I would recommend this book to any teen age girl. This book is an amazing book, about how strong friendship can go through anything and get stronger. Two best friends that have been friends since they were young, go through an experience that not many people can go through. Scarlett who has always been the strong one is now depending on Halley who has always been the weaker not always not knowing what to do one. Scarlett finds out she is pregnant a few weeks after her boyfriend was killed in a m
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Brittany Barnett
someone like you was a really good book. this book is one i couldn't put down there was so much stuff to read about. i would have to say that this is one of the best books i've read by her so far.
Adrienne
Ohhh I love Sarah Dessen, and her stories. This one was no exception. Halley has always been the quiet one, the kind of girl who kept herself to herself, not getting involved with the local fiendettes.....you know those cutsey nasty girls who at age 8 ride their Barbie cycles round the estate, being horrible to any girl who doesn't quite 'fit' in with them....Then Scarlett comes to live at the house opposite and an unlikely friendship blossoms. Scarlett is out going but kind and older than her y ...more
Ying
Jan 11, 2014 Ying rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I thought this book was okay, but not the best from Sarah Dessen. A bit dry and boring at parts, this is the story of two best friends, Haley and Scarlett, where Halley seems to lean unconditionally on Scarlett. It is not until Scarlett's life becomes a tragedy that Halley begins to learn what it takes to be someone as strong as Scarlett. Covering a romance with classmate, Macon Faulkner, and the struggles with the binds of family as Halley continually changes and evolves while her mother forces ...more
Denisa
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Lisa
My Cover Opinion:

I love this cover (the copy I have, I purchased @Goodwill, so it is a little worn and used), I really like the beachy-kinda feel it has. It does relate to one small part of the book, when Halley sneaks out and Malcolm takes her to this secret place.

My Over All Opinion:

This was actually the first Sarah Dessen book Ive ever read (soon purchasing more), and I loved it. I loved the friendship Hally and Scarlett had; how they were total opposites but yet best friends. The beginning
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Eva
I really liked this book, but it didn't hold my interest. I normally read a book like this in a day, maybe two. it took me about 5 days to read it. It was typical high school, teenagers doing what they do. Kind of reminded me of the movie 'How To Deal'

edit: just found out the book was made into that movie. wow.
Erin
In this YA novel, Halley and her best friend Scarlett learn what it means to support one another through thick and thin. In the opening pages, Scarlett loses her boyfriend to a motorcycle accident...and finds out that she is pregnant with his child. Her choice to keep the baby, Halley's suffering relationship with her mother, and her first boyfriend add to the plot of the novel immensely. Macon, Halley's new boyfriend, is pushing her to lose her virginity to him, making it seem as though it isn' ...more
Allison
I like Dessen's writing style. I was disturbed by the teenage pregnancy though. The idea that the character, Scarlet, can keep the baby and everything will be great is insulting to parenthood. The main characters do not see many consequences to their actions. I definitely would not want kids to read this and think that abortions, sneaking out, drinking, occasional drug use, and pregnancy are okay.
Stephanie
I liked this book a lot. I liked how it showed a real true friendship between two girls. It was very refreshing after just reading I Was Here.

I also loved the main character Halley. I could really connect with her. She was shy and always living through Scarlett. I too am very shy and wish I could find a real true friend like Halley. I liked Scarlett too even though she was bitchy at times but I connected more with Halley.

As for Macon Faulkner, what a total asshole!!!! I thought I liked him in
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Jackie
As you've probably already figured out I'm a huge Sarah Dessen fan and I've been on quite a reading streak with her books. Today I'm reviewing Someone Like You which is among my top contemporary favorites. Okay, most of the books I've read by her fall in this category, but this book is REALLY good!

What I really liked about this book was its focus on Scarlet and Halley's friendship and NOT on a romance. Yes, it deals with some romance but the main focus on the ups and downs of a friendship and th
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Shannon Q
The story Someone like You by Sarah Dessen is definitely a book I would recommend to a friend because I think that it teaches a great lesson to all of her young readers and unfortunately this story is realistic for some young teenage girls. Sarah writes about a sixteen year old girl named Halley and her best friend Scarlett. Scarlett discovers that she is pregnant with a baby the day after her boyfriend dies in a car accident. On page 96 Halley says, “Life is an awful, ugly place not to have a b ...more
Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
15-year-old Halley is shocked when her best friend Scarlett calls her at summer camp to tell her that her boyfriend Michael has died, and Halley heads straight home to comfort her.

When only a few weeks later Scarlett discovers that she is pregnant with Michael’s baby, Halley and Scarlett don’t know what to do, but Scarlett isn’t sure she can go through with an abortion.

Halley meanwhile has been flirting with a boy called Macon, who seems to want more from her
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Kendyl Spinks
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen is one of the books I will be doing. This book's main character(s) Halley and Scarlett start out in junior year but the friendship shifts. First ,Scarlett's boyfriend dies in a freak motorcycle accident. After the accident Scarlett finds out that she is carrying his baby but doesn't know if she can be strong enough to keep it.
For the first time Scarlett , the popular one , need Halley , the shy and quiet one , for the first time in their friendship. Halley feeli
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Noella
I was losing a little faith in enjoying Sarah Dessen's books after noticing the similarities between her works. Thankfully, Someone Like You was a different and refreshing offering. The story follows best friends Halley and Scarlett after Michael (Scarlett's boyfriend) passing and how they manage with the baby Scarlett is carrying. The portryal of Halley and Scarlett's friendship was strong and admirable.

As life goes on at school, Halley unexpectedly begins a relationship with Michael's friend M
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cheappirate
Yes, i loved this book!!!! It was very good. And i reccommend it to everyone.
A.J.
I deserved I love yous and kiwi fruits and flowers and warriors coming to my door, besotted with love. I deserved pictures of my face in a million expressions, and the warmth of a baby's kick under my hand. I deserved to grow, and to change, to become all the girls I could ever be over the course of my life, each one better than the last.
I was not supposed to finish this until next year! I hadn't even planned on starting it. I even told my sister that there would be no more finishing books th
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Mrs. Katz

For the past month, I have been reading the fictonal novel Someone Like You, by Sarah Dessen. The novel starts as sixteen year old Halley gives us a reflection of her best friend Scarlett. Halley and Scarlett have been best friends since they Scarlett moved into Halley's neighborhood in grade school. The two girls are inseperable, however, they're not alike whatsoever. Halley is quiet and shy, while Scarlett is loud, friendly, and outgoing.


The summer of junior year, Scarlett meets a boy, Michae
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Arlene
Someone Like You, by Sarah Dessen, is the first novel I’ve read of this author, and I enjoyed it enough to try other books by her. The novel is easy to follow and moves along at a steady pace, so that you don’t lose interest in the main characters of the story. I enjoyed it regardless of its minor flaws, and will most definitely read other works by this author.

The story is about a young girl named Halley who is a junior in high school. She is the quiet and reserved shadow of her long time best f
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Lindsay
Looking at other reviews of this novel, most people seem to think this is a "typical Dessen book." I disagree; to me, Sarah Dessen books are always packed with an engaging plotline, interesting characters (minus the usually 2D female lead), comforting setting, and swoon-worthy love interest. But "Someone Like You" fell short in all these aspects, probably because it was one of the earliest books Dessen has published. It's taken a while for her to perfect her style, and by book ten she has a form ...more
Alex
At First Sight: Halley and Scarlett have been a dynamic duo for most of their lives. Scarlett as the outgoing, bubbly one and Halley as her quiet side quick.

But the summer before junior year everything changes. Scarlett falls madly in love with Michael Sherwood and when he dies Scarlett world seems to crumble, and the balance of their friendship shifts, requiring Halley to be strong for the two of them for the first time in their lives.

But Michael's death was just the beginning and, on the heel
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