Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen
published 1998 – 281 pages
From the book jacket –
Halley and Scarlett have been best friends ever since they met. Halley has always been the quiet one, Scarlett braver and more outgoing. Halley has always turned to Scarlett when things get rough, and Scarlett has always known just what to do. It’s the perfect setup. But everything changes at the beginning of their junior year. Scarlett’s boyfriend is killed in a motorcycle accident; then she finds out she’s carrying his baby. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Now Halley has to learn how to be strong for Scarlett. It won’t be easy, but Halley knows that she can’t let Scarlett down. Because a true friend is a promise you keep forever.
My thoughts –
This is the first of Sarah Dessen’s that I’ve read, and I’ll definitely be reading more of her books in the future. I REALLY liked the style of the book, the way she wrote these characters, and the story here. I mean, this woman knows how to write teens in a way that many authors do not. Every word was just so completely real. It hasn’t been too long since my teen years (I’m 24) and I can easily imagine how my friends and I would have felt and behaved in a situation similar to the one in the book, and what I imagine is pretty darn close to the way Halley and Scarlett were. I’m not going to lie to you people – the ending to this one totally made me cry. I have a love/hate relationship with books making me cry – on the one hand, it means that I got emotionally involved and really felt for the characters, which means it was probably a really good book; on the other hand, I don’t much enjoy crying, especially if it’s about something sad. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but let’s just say that in this case, it was a worthy cry, and not one I felt resentment about. Go read this book, especially if you are a YA fan – it’s a very good one.
Also reviewed by Sassymonkey at Sassymonkey Reads.