How to Deal movie tie-in

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Rule #1: There are no rules

Just when you think you've got everything figured out for yourself, things get turned upside down. Families change. Lives end. New lives begin. And love sneaks up on you when you least expect it. The trick is finding that one person you can always count on, that one person who will throw out the rules and help you figure out how to deal with it all.

Here, from acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, are two books about girls ...

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Overview

Rule #1: There are no rules

Just when you think you've got everything figured out for yourself, things get turned upside down. Families change. Lives end. New lives begin. And love sneaks up on you when you least expect it. The trick is finding that one person you can always count on, that one person who will throw out the rules and help you figure out how to deal with it all.

Here, from acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, are two books about girls who stick together and manage to get it right — the two books that served as inspiration for the film How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore. Read them, and you'll see where Halley and Scarlett's story began.

For more on this hot new movie check out the official  How to Deal website!

Based on two of Sarah Dessen's bestselling novels, How to Deal is a new feature film from New Line Cinema starring Mandy Moore. This is a two-in-one edition with the complete text from both novels -- That Summer and Someone Like You, -- plus a movie tie-in cover.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142501030
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/2/2003
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 697,326
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.

Biography

Although she was born in Illinois, YA novelist Sarah Dessen has spent most of her life in Chapel Hill, NC. Both of her parents were professors at the University of North Carolina, where Sarah studied creative writing and graduated with a degree in English.

As far back as she can remember, Dessen has always wanted to write. She remembers churning out wildly imaginative stories on an old manual typewriter her parents gave her when she was eight or nine years old. So it was only natural that after college she would forego a "real job," choosing instead to support herself by waiting tables at a local eatery while trying to publish a novel. In 1996, just three years after graduation, she sold her first book, the witty, wry coming-of-age story That Summer. A second novel, Someone Like You, followed two years later. (In 2003, these two books were loosely adapted into the movie How to Deal, starring teen sensation Mandy Moore.)

Dessen claims she never set out to be a YA writer, but somehow her memories always bring her back to high school, a time and place that resonates strongly for her. Living in her hometown where she is still in contact with many childhood friends, she finds it pretty easy to get in touch with her "inner teenager." In addition, the books she read from that time have a special, magical staying power. She explains it this way on her website:

"[W]hile I couldn't tell you complete plots of novels I read even six months ago, I do remember even the smallest descriptive details from Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die or Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I think it was because back then books were still somewhat new to me, and when I found an author who seemed to say just what I was feeling, it really struck me and resonated. I hope that my books do that for the people who read them."
If one can judge from her growing fan base and continued presence on the bestseller lists, Dessen can safely say "mission accomplished."

Good To Know

Here are some fun facts about Sarah Dessen:

  • Most of Dessen's books are set in the fictional town of Lakeview and feature recurring locales and characters.

  • Dessen also teaches creative writing at her alma mater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Among her confessed addictions, Dessen counts the Gap clearance rack, Starbucks mochas, multiple magazine subscriptions, and a penchant for black pants.

  • Dessen sometimes waxes nostalgic about her days as a waitress. "It was a great job for a writer, " she says. "Endless conversations to eavesdrop, tons of material, and fast money without ever taking work home."

  • In Just Listen, the character of Owen Armstrong was named for the young protagonist in John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, as well as for Lance Armstrong, one of Dessen's proclaimed crushes.

  • Concerning her "tendency to embellish," Dessen says: "I think it's just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it's hard not to do it all the time."

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      1. Hometown:
        Chapel Hill, NC
      1. Date of Birth:
        June 6, 1970
      2. Place of Birth:
        Evanston, Illinois
      1. Education:
        University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, degree in English.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 29, 2007

      awesome book

      this book is awesome.ive read someone like you a thousand times.i just saw how to deal at my grandmas house. i hope more of sarah dessens books are made into movies.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 25, 2008

      Emotional Rollercoaster

      Two heartfelt books in one, both by Sarah Dessen, these are two stories that will make you laugh, cry, scream for joy, maybe even want to dance. If you're a teenage girl and are going through a tough time, pick this book up and realize you're not the only one.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 9, 2005

      sarah

      sarah dessen is my all time FAVORITE author. i always love her books because they draw me in and make me feel for the characters.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 1, 2004

      GREAT!

      This book was awsome! It really drew me in to Haley's life. I loved it!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 14, 2004

      Both stories were great!

      I didn't realize this was a book targeted for teens before I started reading. When I did realize, I almost decided not to finish the book. Glad I didn't! While I am no longer a teenager, I could relate to the very real characters and issues. I wish these stories had been around when I was younger. Haley's experience with the guy who was so bad for her (and how she ultimately handled it so well) was worth the read alone!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 11, 2004

      AWESOME Book!

      Oh my goodness! This book was great! It made me laugh and cry, and the best part, I could totally relate to it! I loved how realistic the book was. It talked about real issues that people go through, and it made it easy to read and to understand! I would deffinetly recomend this book to freinds and family! It is an all around great read!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 28, 2003

      Captivating!

      As soon as I bought this book, I started reading it. Well, I stayed up all night and then finished it the next morning- I did not want to put it down! Both Haley and Haven are very interesting, realistic characters. i also recommend the movie-I understood it a lot more after reading this book!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 29, 2009

      Not A Great Book, Especially for Young Teens

      My daughter read this book and liked the story line, but there were some innapropriate parts dealing with drugs, bad language, one character isn't married and gets pregnant... not a very good example for teens.

      0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 2, 2006

      I liked the first book

      The first book, i thought, was amazing and touching. I didn't like the second book as much because it was slow moving and the writing wasn't very good.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 8, 2006

      What?

      I love Sarah Dessen and all the work that she has done but these two stories were not her bright and shiny moments. Neither grabbed my attention and neither endings satisfied me. After reading The Truth About Forever I was shocked to read what I found to be a much lower quality of writing.

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 4, 2004

      No Good

      I read the first book of the two and was completely unimpressed. They were both so poor I skimmed through a lot of the first, and didn't finish the second.

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 2, 2004

      Great Great Great

      This book is so great!! I own the book and the movie and i love them!! And if your an teenager you will love it to!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 18, 2004

      Great Book!

      How to Deal is a book that sucks you into a girl's life that she thinks is spinning out of control. This is one of my favorite books.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 29, 2004

      Another great book by Sarah Dessen

      this is the best book i've ever read.I think that everyone should read this book.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 24, 2003

      NOT ALL THAT GREAT

      SOMEONE LIKE YOU WAS A CUTE STORY I JUST DIDNT LIKE THE ENDING WHEN I READ I JUST I THOUGHT 'THATS IT!' AND FOR THAT SUMMER I THOUGHT IT WAS TOO DRAMATIC THE CHARACTER HAVEN HAD ISSUES OR SOMETHING BUT THE SAME THING WITH THE ENDING 'THATS IT' THE ENDINGS SEEMED UNFINISHED FOR BOTH BOOKS.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 21, 2003

      A wonderful begining to a wonderful end

      I haven't finished the book yet, it is vary touching book! you might not even put down book! I just thought that it was another one of those books that would put u to sleep but this one doesnt! then theres alwayz the movie to watch so read the book and watch the movie!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 1, 2004

      THE 2 BEST BOOKS!!!!!

      After I saw the movie, I had to get the book. Someone like You is definetly now my favorite book. It gives a great perspective about first loves, and you can't help but feel like Halley, Scarlet and Macon are your best friends!!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 12, 2003

      the best book ever!!

      this was one of the best books i ever read! i could not put it down. it made you laugh and cry and from the first page you were hooked. it deals with everything in a teen's life from love to fights to parents. a definate must read!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 7, 2003

      GREAT

      I REALLY LIKED IT. LOVE THE TAGLINE THOUGH

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 10, 2003

      this book is the best

      OMG i loved this book soooooooooooo much. its so interesting how the 2 families are so alink and different. i cant wait to see the movie and see how halley, and haven's family mix in the how to deal movie.

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