Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sarah Dessen Week: "Someone Like You"

"Someone Like You," like many of Sarah's other books, deals with some heavy issues, this time pier pressure and teen pregnancy as well as loss, but still remains positive with its strong, fun cast of characters and the relationships formed between them. I loved the relationship that Scarlett has with Halley, and vice versa. I also liked the girl-guy relationship in this book because it allows it to stand out from the other Sarah Dessen books I've read.
One thing I didn't like about the book was the fact that I don't think it really stressed how difficult being a teen mom is or being a pregnant teen is. Besides that fact, this is pretty much the Sarah Dessen version of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," with a little less drama.

Speaking of, have we all seen the first few episodes of the new season?
gasp! shock! DRAMA!!
I can't believe Grace did that!! And what happened to her Dad! And can Grace seriously think that she is a fault for what happened! That's taking it too far! And Amy's mom!! OH MI GAWD!! It was kind of over dramatic, but that's why we love it right?
And what about "Make it or Break it?"
Do we love it or do we love it?? I mean, I love it. Watching people do flips in the air, something I could never accomplish (I'm a klutz), is pretty cool.
Anyways, back to "Someone Like You"
Here is a synopsis of the book (no spoilers!):
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.
Just so you know, Halley's name is pronounced like the girl in the parent trap, the one who lives in California. It's pronounced like Hallie, not Hailey. I didn't get that until about half way through the book, so I thought I would give you a heads up!!
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More to come,


OfficiallyMRS said...
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Liza said...

Great review! I'll have to check this one out, as it sounds like a book I would really enjoy. I love Secret Life and Make it or Break it. I'm ready for 10 Things I Hate About You to start(starts 7/7 I think).

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