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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.

Halley's junior year of high school includes the death of her best friend Scarlett's boyfriend, the discovery that ...

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Overview

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.

Halley's junior year of high school includes the death of her best friend Scarlett's boyfriend, the discovery that Scarlett is pregnant, and Halley's own first serious relationship.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dessen's realistic portrayal of contemporary teens and their moral challenges breathes fresh life into well-worn themes of rebellion and first love. Halley has always been close to her mother, a therapist who publishes books about adolescent behavior. But the summer before her junior year of high school, Halley begins cutting the umbilical cord. She and her best friend, Scarlett, start hanging out with Ginny Tabor ("a cheerleader with a wild streak a mile wide and a reputation among the football team for more than her cheers and famous midair splits"); Halley dumps her nerdy boyfriend (the son of her mother's best friend) and becomes involved with reckless Macon, a boy her parents have forbidden her to see. Then Scarlett discovers she is pregnant two months after her boyfriend Michael is killed in a motorcycle accident. Walking a line between childhood and adulthood, the two girls turn to each other instead of their families for support. Together they explore the meaning of love, sex and responsibility. This romance/coming-of-age story is not as tightly written as Dessen's debut, That Summer; it suffers from some scenes reminiscent of soap opera and from flat presentations of almost all the adult characters. But Dessen's fully developed characterizations of charismatic teens, particularly the rebel-without-a-cause-type Macon, are sure to attract readersespecially those who, like Halley, have felt the urge to take a walk on the wild side.
KLIATT
Realistic and contemporary, this novel addresses two mature themes that teenage girls could relate to or might face. The first theme is pulling away from parents and friends to a more independent relationship; the second theme is teen pregnancy. Life had been fairly predictable for Halley until her junior year. Content to be friends with her mother and shadow to the more outgoing Scarlett, Halley finds herself detaching from both influences when Macon enters her life. Halley falls for the attention Macon gives her, and begins deliberating whether she is ready for his increasing pressure of sexual intimacy. Halley's final decision comes from what she thinks is best for her, and not what others think she should do. Halley revels in her ability to break outside of the confines of lifelong influences and expectations. Then, she must become a source of strength for Scarlett when Scarlett's boyfriend Michael is killed in a motorcycle accident. Scarlett needs Halley even more when she find out she is pregnant with Michael's child. In Scarlett's need for Halley, Halley realizes how much she truly needs her mother after all. Written with frank insight, this first-person account captures the struggles of making and living with choices. Readers looking for a storyline that reflects situations teen girls face today will be challenged by the choices Halley and Scarlett must make. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 1998, Penguin/Puffin, 281p, 18cm, 97-36437, $4.99. Ages 16 to 18. Reviewer: Pam Webb; Lib. Tech., Sandpoint H.S. Sandpoint, ID, September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)
Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
In the words of its author, this is "a story about friendship, love, and the one year we all remember when everything has changed." Halley and Scarlett have been friends since childhood, but at the end of the summer before their junior year, Scarlett's boyfriend, Michael Sherwood, dies in a motorcycle accident, and their lives begin to change in ways they could never have imagined. Scarlett learns she is pregnant with Michael's child, and Halley falls in love for the first time with the mysterious, charming, and infuriating Macon Faulkner. Both Halley and Scarlett engage in battles of wills with their very different mothers and in conflicts with other girls at school. The characters are well-delineated, the plot is well-constructed and nicely paced, and issues of love, friendship, family, and deciding for oneself what is right are handled deftly, the decidedly serious issues lightened with a touch of humor.
Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
In the words of its author, this is "a story about friendship, love, and the one year we all remember when everything has changed." Halley and Scarlett have been friends since childhood, but at the end of the summer before their junior year, Scarlett's boyfriend, Michael Sherwood, dies in a motorcycle accident, and their lives begin to change in ways they could never have imagined. Scarlett learns she is pregnant with Michael's child, and Halley falls in love for the first time with the mysterious, charming, and infuriating Macon Faulkner. Both Halley and Scarlett engage in battles of wills with their very different mothers and in conflicts with other girls at school. The characters are well delineated, the plot is well constructed and nicely paced, and issues of love, friendship, family, and deciding for oneself what is right are handled deftly, the decidedly serious issues lightened with a touch of humor.
VOYA - Marcia Mann
At the beginning of their junior year of high school, Halley's best friend's boyfriend dies in a motorcycle accident. Unaccustomed to being the strong one in their friendship, Halley nonetheless struggles to provide emotional support for Scarlett. When Scarlett discovers she is pregnant, she depends on Halley even more. At the same time as Halley works to adjust to their changing circumstances, she must also deal with the shifting relationship she has with her controlling mother and she falls in love for the first time. Halley's relationship with Macon Faulkner, the "Boy with a Reputation," serves to distance her from her parents as it helps Halley discover herself and her own set of values. The story is told from Halley's point of view. She is an engaging character and her maturing perspective over the course of the year rings true. Although the focus is on Halley, as minor characters her boyfriend, mother, and Scarlett are well presented. The overall tone of Someone Like You is funny, heartwarming, and appealing-a fine follow-up to Dessen's first novel, That Summer (Orchard, 1996/VOYA December 1996), a 1997 ALA Best Book for Young Adults. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Quiet, predictable Halley and Scarlett, her feisty defender, have been best friends since grade school. Growing up like sisters, they've shared everything except a bedroom, dreams, clothes, classes, and Friday nights. Then boys step into their teen lives. Scarlett's romance the summer before junior year has serious consequences when Michael dies in a motorcycle accident and she's left carrying his child. Halley's close relationship with her psychologist mother is fractured as the girl's friendship with secretive, irresponsible Macon Faulkner deepens into romance. To top things off, Grandma Halley is dying. Halley and her classmates experiment with drugs, alcohol, and sex, and experience family problems. Asking questions and making choices, Halley confronts her fears and learns to make her own decisions on her way to adulthood. Dessen deals accurately, sensitively, and smoothly with growing up in suburbia. Halley and Scarlett's friendship resonates with affection and honesty, and the predictable but necessary separation of mothers and daughters is portrayed with tender acuity. Experiences and conversations avoid falling into cliche; all of the characters are fully developed and worth getting to know. Without preaching or posturing, Dessen has written a powerful, polished story. Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA
Horn Book Magazine
In this novel whose first-person voice is remarkable for it authenticity, Dessen more than fulfills the promise of her first book, That Summer. A great deal happens to Halley during her junior year in high school. Her best friend, Scarlett, becomes pregnant, a not-unheard-of event - "but for girls like us, like Scarlett, these things didn't happen. And if they did it was taken care of in secret, discreetly, and only rumored." Uncharacteristically, Scarlett decides to keep the baby. Halley falls in love with Macon, handsome and dangerous and one more secret she keeps from her mother, a psychologist who has written books describing the ideal relationship she has with her daughter. Halley thinks back to the summer before when she and her family had traveled to the Grand Canyon, a metaphor for the distance that has since opened up between her and her mother. The adults - Halley's controlling mother and her sympathetic but ineffectual father, Scarlett's childlike mother Marion - are drawn with as much care and (unusual in young adult novels) affection as the adolescent characters. Familial ties are strong. When Macon pressures her to have sex, Halley discovers that the values her parents have taught her are not that easy to brush aside. "We didn't talk or laugh as much anymore....Everything had narrowed to just going to his house, parking out by the lake and battling for territory while arguing about trust and expectations. It was like dealing with my mother." Dessen has a unique talent for distilling character in a few biting words, and she uses her sharp sense of humor to make her points without mawkishness. The penultimate scene, in which Scarlett heads straight from the junior prom to the hospital to have her baby, incorporates what seems to be a cast of thousands, including a Boy Scout troop and Marion with a group of faux-medieval revelers. It has a farcical quality about it that seems out of place in this otherwise solidly realistic narrative. But this is a minor quibble. The book hits home, from Halley's first serious relationship, to her ignorance over the details of sex ("I wasn't very clear on the logistics"), to her fascination with Scarlett's pregnancy. Adolescent girls will readily identify with Halley and will appreciate the book's honest explication of the things they really want to know.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417626748
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 1,006,400
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is the author of several novels for young adults. She lives in North Carolina.

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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    • Posted April 16, 2009

      SO good!

      THis book captured me the second i started reading it! it is so realistic and could happen to people in high school. I definetly could relate to it in some ways and it made me realize some things about myself i didnt know! such a good book i read it about 4 times!

      47 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 17, 2009

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      VERY INTERESTING BOOK

      Someone Like You was a very good book. It really explains what high school and just what being a teen is all about. Except, not all teens get pregnant in high school. This book is about two girls who have been best friends ever since they first met. Halley has always been they quiet one, but Scarlett is braver and more outgoing. Scarlett has always been there for Halley whenever she happened to need her and she has always known what to do to make things better. But this time I don't think Scarlett can handle this one on her own. At the beginning of their junior year Scarlett's boyfriend is killed in a motorcycle accident. Later on, after the funeral, Scarlett finds out that she is carrying her boyfriend's baby. For the first time Scarlett really needs Halley's help. Now Halley has to learn how to be strong for Scarlett. It will be hard, but she can't let her friend down now. This book was very well written and is very dramatic at times. You will want to see what happens next. Once you pick it up you really will not want to put it down. I would definitely recommend this book to other people. Sarah Dessen's books are very popular with young adults, but this one is interesting for anyone who reads it!

      37 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 22, 2010

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      Too Captivating to Put Down

      "Someone Like You" was an absolutely fantastic read that greatly portrays the powers of love and friendship. Love between friends, romantic relationships, and family. Halley Cooke and Scarlett Thomas have been best friends every since Scarlett and her mother had moved across the street from Haley's family five years ago. The girls were about to start their junior year of high school. However, a devastating event created a mark of melancholy in the girls' summer vacation when Scarlett's boyfriend, Michael Sherwood, died in a motorcycle accident. Previously, Halley's mother, a therapist, had sent her to a Sisterhood Camp in the Grand Canyon. But when Halley received Scarlett's news, she immediately returned home to comfort her best friend. During the first few weeks of school, more news was gathered when Scarlett found out that she was pregnant with Michael's baby. While Scarlett's world seems to be spinning, Halley deals with conflicts of her own. Her mother does not approve of her new boyfriend Macon. But regardless of her opinion and attempts to keep them apart, Halley still pursues her relationship with Macon. However, soon their relationship hit bumpy roads. The two girls search for comfort in each other as they carry themselves across the bridge from their adolescent years to adulthood. A major theme that this novel definitely falls under is that the power of friendship can pull you through the hardest times of your life, no matter what the obstacles may be. Halley and Scarlett had to face numerous gigantic obstacles which they faced and pulled through together. Another theme is that love is found everywhere and comes in all shapes and sizes and affects people in a variety of ways. Halley's mother's love for Halley drove her into making decisions that she believed were best for her daughter. Scarlett's love for Michael led her to happiness, but also to her pregnancy. Scarlett and Halley's love for each other gave them the strength to carry on in times of despair when it literally seems like nothing is worth the effort of enduring. They gave each other the encouragement and support they both needed. "Someone Like You" consists of a brilliant plot, and well-developed characters. Many readers can easily relate to at least one of the events in these girls' life. The events in this book could easily happen to any teenager. Although the ending seemed to be a slightly scattered and lacked a sense of closure, overall this book was a terrific read and was too captivating to put down.

      21 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 2, 2010

      Disappointed

      This book was extremely disappointing, i honestly expected so much more from this book i didnt think that it would end the way it did.
      i'm glad with the ending but the whole time i was reading i was bored finished n 4 days it didnt grab my atention i was waiting for it to get better but it never did.

      13 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 11, 2009

      THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!:)

      If your looking for a good book to read really look in to this book. It was the best book like ever!!!

      13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 25, 2011

      Best book ever

      I read this book for a book report we had to read it in 1 month and every week we had to read a certain amount of pages and i finshed the book in 1 week and i still had the rest of the month to go...its so good i couldnt stop reading....amazing book about friendship and you have to read it i LOVE this book

      11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 20, 2014

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      It takes you on a adventure with Halley a girl a quiet girl who

      It takes you on a adventure with Halley a girl a quiet girl who grew up in a normal suburban neighborhood. She had a good relationship with her mom and her best friend Scarlett, a wild girl full of life, Until now everything is fine until things get turned upside down for Halley when Scarletts boyfriend Michael dies in a tragic motorcycle accident and leaves Scarlett with his kid. To top it off Halley finds her self falling in love with Michael's best friend Macon Faulkner, who has a reputation for not following the rules. The fairytale between her and Macon get real and she understands she needs to be tough in situations she feels pressured in. Her fling with Macon weakens her relationship with her mother and helps her face reality. Through it all Scarlett and Halley have each other, there like sisters and no matter what happens Halley is there for Scarlett's pregnancy and Scarlett keeps a strong hold on Halley.

      10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 31, 2012

      The book

      I loved it! The book had a great conflict, and im only 13.

      10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 27, 2011

      Amazing!

      This was such good book, once u start reading u can put thr book down. I give this book 1000 stars!!!!!

      10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 12, 2010

      "Someone Like You" should read a book like this!

      The book, Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, is about a 16-year-old named Halley and her best friend, Scarlett. After their best friend, also Scarlett's boyfriend, dies, Scarlett finds out she's pregnant with his child. Both young girls, then, have to deal with, not only teenage struggles, but also grief and pregnancy. Halley, the normally stand-off-ish one, now has to step up and be Scarlett's number one. She learns to be a stronger person, more about pregnancy than any teenager ever should, about love, and also about letting go, in more ways than one.
      I would highly recommend this book to any teenage girl. Actually, i would recommend this book to ALL teenage girls. Its filled with love, heartbreak, grief, adventure, and so much more. Its an easy read, but you'll never get bored! I think any girl can relate to SOMETHING in this book. Trust me, you wont regret it! :)

      6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 25, 2014

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       It takes you on a adventure with Halley a girl a quiet girl who

       It takes you on a adventure with Halley a girl a quiet girl who grew up in a normal suburban neighborhood. She had a good relationship with her mom and her best friend Scarlett, a wild girl full of life, Until now everything is fine until things get turned upside down for Halley when Scarletts boyfriend Michael dies in a tragic motorcycle accident and leaves Scarlett with his kid. To top it off Halley finds her self falling in love with Michael's best friend Macon Faulkner, who has a reputation for not following the rules. The fairy tale between her and Macon get real and she understands she needs to be tough in situations she feels pressured in. Her fling with Macon weakens her relationship with her mother and helps her face reality. Through it all, Scarlett and Halley have each other, there like sisters and no matter what happens Halley is there for Scarletts pregnancy and Scarlett keeps a strong hold on Halley.  I recommend this book to anyone because it is a very interesting, sweet, funny page-turner. It is a wonderful book.      

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 25, 2001

      This was a really good book!

      This book was the best book I ever read! Sarah Dessen is a wonderful author for young adults. I had to read this book for a report in school and I didn't want to put it down. I just kept reading it and reading it. It was so sweet and entertaining.

      5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 29, 2008

      A MUST READ FOR ALL TEEN GIRLS!

      Scarlett and Halley have been best friends forever. Scarlett always the more outgoing one while Halley is quiet and ¿innocent¿. They have always helped each other get through the hard times, but will Halley be able to help Scarlett this time. Scarlett's summer boyfriend died in a tragic motorcycle accident then Scarlett finds out she, at age 16, is carrying his baby. Through this thrilling Sarah Dessen book, you will see Scarlett and Halley's journey through motherhood. During the book, Halley finds the man of her dreams named Macon. He loves her, well at least she thinks he does, he treats her right, and he will do anything for her. Her parents think he is a bad influence on her by the way he acts and how he drives. She fell all over him until Macon tried to do the wrong things to her. It was the last straw when Macon left Halley in the hospital after an awful car accident. In the end, will Scarlett follow her gut and have the baby, or will she regret it? Will Halley ever find the spark that was in Macon? Will Halley's parents trust her again? Someone like you is a book you never want to put down. There is always something happening that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. I would recommend this book to all teen-young adult girls looking for an amazing book. I rate this book 5 stars without a doubt!

      4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 15, 2012

      They die

      She dies in the end.

      3 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 4, 2010

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      The Amazing Book :)

      Im only 14. And i love this book. Including the Main characters. This book is a great book for a group of friends to read, either together or day by day. I'd definatly reread this book, over and over. It's not really a book for finding your true self, but this book is adicting. i read it in one night, all nite. If you get really emotional about families or breakups, there is alot of that in this book. It's a type of book that will have you on your edge of your seat. The writing is amazing. And all i have to Say is that i absolutly love this book. and highly recommends it. Thanks for Reading

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 11, 2009

      Someone Like You

      Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen is a well told story about a long lasting friendship between two young women. Scarlett and Halley have been best friends for as long as they can remember. There is friendship that everyone wishes they could have. This novel starts out with Scarlett demanding Halley to come home from summer camp because Scarlett's boyfriend had died in a motorcycle accident. Not long after his death, Scarlett finds out she is carrying Micheal's (Scarlett's boyfriend who died) child. This narrative follows Scarlett's pregnancy and Halley's relationship with Macon Faulkner. Halley has been a good girl he entire life, but her relationship with Macon Faulkner has led her to different experiences that are leading her parents to question her responsibility.
      This book is told from Halley's point of view, the reader faces all the drama high school life is known for. Boy's, school, teachers and friends seem to be the most important thing in their lives. Readers see the vigorous friendship between Scarlett and Halley while goes through many life changes. The touching scenes between Scarlett and Halley show how they deal with real life teenage problems.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 23, 2009

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      not the best...

      i have read many of Dessens books and i'm sorry to say that this was not her best. Sure, it was good, i laughed and cried and you could really relate to halley, but i just felt unsatissfied when i finished it. it was a good book and i'm sure lots of people would like it, it just wasnt one that i am always going to love and remember.

      3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 5, 2008

      i love this book

      so this summer my friend was reading the twight series and i have to say write when i opened that book i was confused when i first started reading some one like you i thought wow this story is so real that really does happen to teens like me i got so into the book i finished it in one day and went back to the store to buy another one of sarah dessens books i love them!!!!

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 21, 2012

      Best book eva

      As soon as ive read the firsst page of this book i fell in love with it, it is about a girl named haley who is tempted to love a guy named Macon who dosen't respect her choices, who narely kills her in a car crash after a party. This book follows the emotions of Haley's heart, her choices. She (haley) is a caring friend. After her break up with Macon , Haley finds herself at prom with a Drunk guy, and with a girl in labor. All she can tgink of Grace.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 6, 2012

      Sweet Story

      Someone like you is such a sweet story. It's very dramatic at times especially the ending. This book shows you how far a true friendship can really go. At times I wanted to cry. At others I couldn't help, but laugh. I just couldn't put the book down. I read it in two days. I would have gave the book five stars, but there was too much underage drinking and itinmite relationships for my likeing.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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