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Someone Like You Paperback – May 11, 2004
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- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 5/11/2004
- Pages: 281
- Reading Level: Age 12 and Up
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Halley's mom is a psychologist, and prior to the start of the book the two were model parent-child relationship close. But over the summer, Halley and her best friend Scarlett have started branching out more and as a result, she's done the whole withdrawal from the parents thing.
In the first chapter we learn Scarlett's love interest Michael Sherwood has been killed in a motorcycle accident and then just a few chapters later we learn Scarlett's pregnant. Sort of an interesting dilemma.
Scarlett's mother encourages her to have an abortion, but when Scarlett refuses, her mom decides she'll put the baby up for adoption. Scarlett is also opposed to that.
Now all of that is just the backdrop to what happens to Halley, our main character. The book follows her first love with Macon, who was also Michael's best friend.
Both guys were pretty fast and loose with the ladies, and Dessen cleverly works that side of Macon into the story. The reader sees everything through Halley's eyes, so he starts out as this grief-stricken, but adventurous cute boy who often doesn't make it to school or encourages her to cut class or who drives to her house in the middle of the night.
And while Halley thinks it's all romantic, the reader also begins understanding Scarlett's warnings and the cautionary tales from another girl who isn't exactly Halley's friend.
The story culminates with Halley having to make a choice about who she really wants to be and how far she's going to follow Macon. Hence the title.
You know me, I always seem to give Dessen's books A++s, but in this case I especially like how few if any of the characters in Someone Like You do what you'd expect.
I like how Dessen works in Michael's official, model girlfriend's attitude of not really caring so much about families or doing the right thing and then contrasts it to Scarlett's choice and the subsequent fallout in public opinion. Even Macon's more than just a two-dimensional bad boy. So I highly recommend this book.
Heads up to moms, the book does contain some language and scenes of alcohol and drug use, but these scenes are handled in an accurate way. I remember having the distinct thought that my daughters should read this book when they're in high school.
Michael Sherwood is dead. Although Halley didn't know him very well, her best friend, Scarlett, had been dating him all summer. It is not too long after the funeral that Halley finds out that Scarlett is pregnant.
As Halley tries to come up with the courage to deal with Scarlett's decision, she meets Macon. He is the guy who is always around and most likely up to no good. While she is growing fonder of Macon, Halley goes through peer-pressure, heart-break, and the hopeless feeling when you realize you and your parents don't get along like you used to. Overall, she discovers that which doesn't kill you, can only make you stronger.
I liked this book, now that I am done with it. Have you ever felt that? When you finish a book and although it really didn't keep your attention like you hoped it would, you still think it is good. This is that book. To me, the characters were not that likable. They were not mean or anything, but there was something missing. Also, although Sara Dessen's novels usually have that obvious meaning, this one did not. I am still trying to figure it out!
This story is broken down into three parts. I didn't think the first part was too interesting. In fact, it was a bit boring and I didn't plan to read any further, but I kept reading and I'm glad I did because it picked up after Part I (I believe I would have been into the beginning much more if I could have gotten to know Scarlett's boyfriend before the motorcycle accident).
So, this turned out to be a good read. The teen pregnancy was well-written, but the most interesting parts of the story were the conversations between Halley and her mother. Halley's father seemed to be a "passive" parent, but Halley's mother took care of business. And I liked the chocolate shake thing.