Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Author's Page: Sarah Dessen
Amazon: Someone Like You
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Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years, sharing secrets, clothes, and crushes. People know Scarlett as the popular, flamboyant one; Halley's just her quiet sidekick. Then, at the beginning of their junior year, the balance shifts. First, Scarlett's boyfriend Michael is killed in a freak accident; soon afterward, she learns that she is carrying his baby. For the first time, 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. Sarah Dessen's poignant, funny voice has earned her raves and legions of teenaged fans.
Well, here where I am summer is almost over so Sarah Dessen is the appropriate go to author for bittersweet summer reads. I read this book in about two and a half to three hours last night. It had enough of a storyline to keep me engaged and wanting to read more, but was not full of crazy plot twists and turns that caused me to have to think about it too much - perfect for the end of summer on lazy days when you just want to pile on the couch in pajamas! Which, by the way, is exactly what I did.
The moral of the story is that friendship conquers even the toughest situations. I loved the relationship between Halley and Scarlett and it reminded me of a friend I had back in middle school/high school. Sarah Dessen herself says that this book was crafted around a relationship that she had with her friend Bianca from high school and Sarah wrote this in a way where mostly any girl or woman can relate to what that kind of friendship feels like and looks like.
We have all been teenagers at some point and eventually we begin to make a natural break away from our families and have stronger relationships with our friends than with our moms or dads. Halley's urges to sneak out of the house to meet Macon really came across as just that, passionate urges! The magnetic pull that Halley felt towards Macon was very accurate about how teen girls do anything to be with that one guy. Even when mom knows best, Halley just has to find out for herself who she is and what she really wants.
I give this book four book geeks out of five. I don't give it the fifth one, only because its not a book I feel that I would just HAVE to have to own, but it is a fun, light read.
Funny Note: Listen to Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" after reading this. Reminds me of what Halley wanted out of Macon. lol.