Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Someone Like You” as Want to Read:
Someone Like You
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Someone Like You

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  82,957 Ratings  ·  3,313 Reviews
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's devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Though their friendship may be tested by the strain, like a true friendship, it will endure.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Speak (first published May 1st 1998)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Someone Like You, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Ari Nothing too mature but you'll definitely understand it a lot more if you read it into your teen years, I would say 13 + but really 15+ for a full…moreNothing too mature but you'll definitely understand it a lot more if you read it into your teen years, I would say 13 + but really 15+ for a full understanding. (less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 10, 2008 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2008 Kandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨


DNF @ 30%

My first Sarah Dessen book- I was like "nah" to the "ah" to the "no, no, no"!

Your Halley is.. no!
Your Scarlet is.. no!
Your Macon is.. no!
I need to let it go!
I need to let it go!

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
Jun 27, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars!

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

This is my 2nd Sarah Dessen novel.
The novel opens up with our MC, Halley being dragged out of bed in the night while away at camp for a phone call. On the phone is her best friend, Scarlett. Scarlett tells Halley that their friend Michael has been in an accident and he died...he was also Scarlett's boyfriend, they had been dating since the summer started. She asks Halley to come home. Halley calls her mom to pick her up early (and
Jan 09, 2015 Zoë rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2011 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Carolina 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
Sep 06, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2012, 2015
4.5 stars

This was my first ever Sarah Dessen book and it's always amazing to come back to that kind of nostalgic feeling.
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
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
3.5 stars
Not my favorite Dessen book, but still great (obviously, because she's a fantastic writer)
Sam :)
Jun 29, 2016 Sam :) rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

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

(whoooo I finally read the book where this famous Dessen quote came from lol I'm such a nerd)

Part 1: The Grand Canyon
First of all, great name for the section. It really represents how Halley's relationships are changing; as a teenager, she's feeling disconnected from her family and old friendships, and moving down a different path she thinks is right.
Scarlett + Halley have a great relationship; they're there for each other
May 20, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
bibliophile (Romance Addict)
I expected this book to be so much better...

In the end, I gave this book 2 stars because I hated so many stuff that happened. I finished this book hoping there will be a conclusion to everything, but the ending left me hung up.


1) Scarlet. She was a very balanced character, and I liked how she dealt with her pregnancy, and how she was different. If this book was written in Scarlet's POV then I think I would've liked it better because her story was much more important than Halley.

Ashley ribaudo
Feb 18, 2009 Ashley ribaudo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Melissa Veras
Nov 12, 2015 Melissa Veras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Tina [Tina The Bookworm]
Rainbow Readathon: Violet.

More like a 4.25 :)

This book was so good! This is my first Sarah Dessen book, and I can tell I'll be reading more of her.

I read this in one day, it was that interesting! I loved almost all the characters, even though sometime they made really -_- choices, I could understand where they coming from. And the friendship between Halley and Scarlett? GOALS.


Seriously, "the world is a terrible place not to have a best friend".
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.
Jun 03, 2010 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Jan 11, 2014 Ying rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2011 Denisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 23, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay.
I liked how Dessen described teen pregnancy with al the struggles that come with it, no sugarcoating. Also that she sends a message to girls that you shouldnt be pressured in to anything you don't want.
It was an easy and quick read, but overall the story wasn't memorable to me and I didn't connect with any of the characters.
Norah Una Sumner
Real rating: 2.5 stars

I don't plan on wasting an hour of my life writing a review for this book.I have too many problems with the main character,her "boyfriend",I mean,Macon,her mom and the story in general.I'm giving this book 2.5 stars simply because of Scarlett and even Cameron.I think that this book would be so much better if it was written from their perspective.Also,everyone is pretty okay with the fact that a teenager died.You know,apparently,it's an everyday thing.


Erin Lynn
Summer of Sarah Dessen read - Book provided by Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review.

Pretty solid. I liked it a lot better than I liked That Summer/

Full review to come.
Abigail the Fangirl
Jan 05, 2016 Abigail the Fangirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it-3
This book was pretty good! I thought the characters were well written and the plot was very interesting. I like how Sarah Dessen doesn't make her stories "typical young adult love stories." She throws in tough situations that aren't written about a lot. I definitely appreciate that! Four stars to Someone Like You!
Apr 19, 2009 Eva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jenny  (Jenny's Books)
Definitely better than That Summer; I enjoyed Someone Like You.
There were a lot of great quotes, and the story was a lot more relatablevle than her first.
I thought the characters were realistic.
Dessen definitely missed out on an opportunity to connect the first book with the second. Having read her books before, I know she likes to have characters from previous books pop up, and in That Summer one of Ashley's boyfriends has something in particular in common with Michael (I don't want to say d
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Halley has always been a "good girl." You know the kind. The kind of girl that who doesn't do anything rebellious, the kind that hangs out with her mother and tells her everything. Well, as she gets older, this is changing. Halley is starting to hangout more with her best friend, Scarlett, and popular cheerleader Ginny. She even dumps her nerdy boyfriend, which has become awkward since it's the son of her mom's best friend. Her mother starts to worry about her, especially when she starts hanging ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Take Me There
  • Charmed Thirds (Jessica Darling, #3)
  • Perfect You
  • The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
  • Invitation Only (Private, #2)
  • The Off Season (Dairy Queen, #2)
  • Last Summer (Summer Boys, #4)
  • Cracked Up to Be
  • We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)
  • Pants on Fire
  • Just Like That
  • Saving Zoë

Share This Book

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” 12294 likes
“There are some things in this world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you've carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand.” 1215 likes
More quotes…