Someone Like You

Someone Like You

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Based on two of Sara 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. 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! Halley is a young high school student who is disillusioned with love after seeing the many dysfunctional relationships around her. Her parents are now divorced and her father has a new young girlfriend she doesn't care for too much. Her mother is now always alone; and her sister is so overwhelmed by her upcoming wedding that she barely exists in the house anymore. On top of that, the shallowness of all the girls and guys at their school convinces Halley that finding true love is impossible. A tragic accident, however, leads her to meeting Macon, and suddenly Halley finds that true love can occur under unusual circumstances. In Halley's junior year she faces the death of her best friend Scarlett's boyfriend, Scarlett's pregnancy, and Halley's own first relationship, and during the summer of her divorced father's remarriage and her sister's wedding, Haven lets go the myths of the past.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2004, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781101034798
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 25, 2016

Best friends Halley and Scarlett have done everything together for as long as they could remember. Scarlett ends up meeting Michael and falls in love. But after a tragic motorcycle accident, Michael dies and Scarlett is left facing the grief of loss and learning she is pregnant with Michael’s baby on her own with Halley by her side. It is a truly heartfelt book, that really shows a person what a true friendship is, and how one person can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
- @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

black_duck_2 Sep 30, 2015

it is sooo good, that I realize how life will be

Aug 13, 2014

Halley just wants to know who she really is; she isn’t her mother, and never will be. She also isn’t her best friend, Scarlet, who got tangled up in some unfortunate business with a boy. As she tries to find herself, Halley is forced to make many decisions, some that aren’t always good. On top of finding a way to support herself, she must try to support Scarlet after she loses her boyfriend and finds out she has been left with his baby. Not only that, but Halley’s relationship may not be as great and truthful as she may think. Eventually, everything that has been piling itself of top of her might just be too much for Halley to handle.

This book was a quick read-and by quick I mean I read it in a couple of hours- and it wasn’t that memorable. Truthfully, I’ve never really understood the hype for the Sarah Dessen books. They all seem the same to me in a sense, and I’ve read enough of the same story for it to become a bit tedious. Halley made a lot of unwise actions as a main character that got me frustrated as a reader. She was easily influenced by peer pressure and focused a lot on the relationships around her, which doesn’t send a positive message out to young readers. I liked the friendship that Halley and Scarlet had with each other; it seemed very real and caring, at the least.

Overall, I wasn’t that impressed. This will probably be the last time I pick up a Sarah Dessen book.

Jul 15, 2013

i feel that dessen didn't really thoroughly portray the switch in roles in scarlett and halley's relationship; being, scarlett relying on halley more. but i guess, she never really included scarlett and halley's previous stage of friendship. the book was well written for the most part. i'm not in love with it. i was slightly disappointed.

Aug 01, 2012

A great story about friendship and the obstacles/triumphs that friends help us thru.

wish i got the chance to read this book. hope later on i get too. looking forward too it

Apr 01, 2012

I had my doubts but this was actuall a really good book!

Sep 26, 2011

With this novel, I truly appreciated why Sarah Dessen is such a revered YA author. The issues she deals with including pregnancy, dating, and mother-daughter relationships are handled deftly and realistically. Halley, as the main character, is better developed than the other characters but the individuals that surround her do have sufficient depth and feel realistic. Halley's struggles with her issue of identity are highly believable as she tries to determine who she is, drawing away from her previously very close relationship with her mother and her developing relationship with Macon. In amongst all of these serious topics are bright slashes of humour and true caring between Halley and Scarlett that make the novel a worthwhile read.

Sep 02, 2011

This is the only Sarah Dessen book which doesn't follow her formula, which makes it a bit weird to read if you're not open to the possibility of it. Not only that, but she does it well enough that not getting the guy (who was no prize) by the end of the story was well worth the read.

Jul 26, 2011

"Someone Like you" is an amazing book that is basically about friendship and the way teenagers nowadays get in love with guys that are just not worth wasting time with and they end up hurting themselves. Scarlet and Halley are best friends in the story. Scarlett was going out with Michael. However Michael dies and Scarlet ends up expecting his baby, but she doesn't know until Michael is dead. Marion, scarlett's mom, doesn't want her daughter to ruin her life having a child and she wants her to get an abortion. While Halley is in love with a guy named Michael that is just a liar. Will Scarlett keep the baby and not listen to her mother? and will Halley understand that Macon is not for her like her parents have been telling her? Read the book and find out.

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