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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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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
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.
Denisa
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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
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...more
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.
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
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...more
Stephen
When Halley gets a call from her best friend asking her to come home because the friends boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident we begin the story of a tempestuous year in the lives of two best friends.

Between being torn by the drama in her now pregnant best friend's life and the romance blossoming in her own, we get a great story of a young girl coming of age.

Sarah Dessen does it again. This is another ice cream sundae of a novel. It's sweet and goes down easy and leaves you feeli...more
cheappirate
Yes, i loved this book!!!! It was very good. And i reccommend it to everyone.
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
...more
Mara
After reading The Truth About Forever, I backtracked to Sarah Dessen's second published novel, Someone Like You. Thinking back on this, I probably should have at least waited a day before plowing into more Dessen books, because I couldn't help making comparisons and switching so quickly between first person books can be disorienting. Of course, that didn't stop me in the least.

Someone Like You is very much an early novel, filled with firsts for Halley and her best friend, Scarlett. First relati...more
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
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...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...more
McKenzie Martineau
The book Someone Like You is written by Sarah Dessen. It is a teen novel about love and troubles one faces throughout high school. The story starts off with the main character, Halley, who is at summer camp. Hally receives an urgent call from her best friend, Scarlett, whose boyfriend, Michael Sherwood, had died in a motorcycle accident. Since she was at a sisterhood camp, her psychiatrist mother was reluctant to bring her home from camp. As the summer dies down, many people start to get over Mi...more
Angie Voong
I think this is a great book to read if you are interested in reading books about friendship. I like to read books like this because in a friendship, anything can happen at times. There could be happy moments, sad moments, and touching moments in a friendship life. What I like about this book is that it can show you that no matter what happens, there is always someone there for you. I rate this book four stars because the ending was not as emotional as I thought it would turn out to be and as I...more
Alicia Samson
I enjoyed "Someone Like You" by Sarah Dessen, because it dealt with teen pregnancy and high school relationships. Although, there was a lot of boring parts. This book took me a long time to read, because nothing happened in the beginning. In this book Halley and Scarlett have been best friends since elementary school. They both were very smart and good children until the summer they met Michael Sherwood. Scarlett falls in love with Michael and shortly after she loses her virginity to him. The fo...more
Josiane Claremont
A beautiful, beautiful love story. Unsurprisingly, Halley has come to value the daughter of her friend Scarlett, a new teen mom. Though she herself was usually the logical one, Scarlett guides her friend through the troubles in her love life with her new relationship with local bad-boy Macon Faulkner. Halley refuses to listen to her therapist-mother and her (pregnant) best friend, having been stifled and taught how to think all her life. When something bad finally happens to her, Halley finally...more
rivka
This is a book about mothers and daughters, about best girlfriends, and about how those relationships develop and change over time. It is also a book about peer pressure, teenage sex and drug use, and the consequences thereof.

But mostly, it's just wonderful. Bring tissues!
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