Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Summer of Sarah Dessen : Someone Like You

“There are some things in this world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you've carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand.”
                                                                      - Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You

Synopsis: 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. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever. 

Someone Like You is Dessen's sophomore novel after That Summer. From the accounts of Dessen herself and many of her fans, this is one of her most popular books. It delves into "tough stuff",  is a frank portrayal and discussion of abortion , (arguably) emotionally abusive relationships, teen sex and teen pregnancy long before Teen Mom made it "cool".

Halley and her best friend, Scarlett's, lives are changed the summer after Scarlett's boyfriend dies in a motorcycle accident. Michael's death sets of a chain of events that bond Scarlett and Halley stronger than ever; while a new boyfriend encourages Halley's independence and break from her usually tight knit family.

Much like That Summer, Someone Like You also deals with missed perceptions. Halley thinks she knows how Elizabeth Gunderson the popular cheerleader is, she thinks she know what she is getting into with Macon Faulkner, even more so she thinks she knows who her mother is.

Despite the bright beachy covers this isn't a light hearted novel. What I think truly sticks with readers of Dessen and fans of this book is the rock solid friendship between Halley and Scarlett.

Connections :
Someone Like You possible takes place in the same town, "Lakeview" as That Summer
Someone Like You is about perceptions and illusions


  1. Krista (Nawanda Files)July 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Was this the same book that was based off that Mandy Moore movie? I can't remember. The "Summer of Sarah Dessen" posts make me miss reading these books. I haven't read a Dessen book in ages.

  2. I hear great things about this author. I finally picked up one of her books when I saw it for sale for 1.99. I have That Summer, so I'll have to pick it up and read it soon. I do like the idea of the tough subjects in this one and the bond between the twp friends. Too many times the focus in YA are on romantic relationships, so it's nice when a book is a good read and focuses on other things.

  3. I adore Sarah Dessen. I have not read one of her books in a long while. Thank you for your review.

  4. love sarah dessen! i was wondering how did you do that border for the quote?

  5. This was my first Sarah Dessen way back when I was 12 years old (INSANITY). And, without a doubt, it's my favorite and I will always hold a special place for it. Gah, I need to reread this soon.

  6. This one seems to be very special for Dessen fans

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  8. This is the first time I'm reading her books in a few years as while too.

  9. Good point, although Dessen doesn't shy away from romance ! That Summer is very different from her other novels to get a real feel for her style I'd check out one of her later novels.

  10. Yes ! That Summer (her first book) and Someone Like You were smushed together to make the film. I read the synopsis and I think it's funny how they put the two together. Have you seen the film ? Did you like it ?

  11. I read this a while back, and while it's certainly not my favorite Dessen, I enjoyed it. I love the friendship aspect! :)


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