Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Review of Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Published by: Puffin
Summary from Goodreads: 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. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.
As most of you know I'm a huge Sarah Dessen fan. I love that her characters are so real and she write about actual situations teenagers go through everyday. She is the queen of Contemporary Fiction for me.
Halley was the stereotypical teenager throughout this entire novel. She had a best friend who she was there for through thick and thin, a boyfriend whom she thought she loved, and typical teen angst against her parents. Scarlett and Halley make a wonderful team and often reminded me of my friends and I (minus the pregnant teen thing). Through the hardest time in Scarlett's life, Halley was there for her. That equals pure awesomeness and definitely best friend for life material.
Macon however was not your swoon-worthy leading man. In fact, he was a first class jerk! He never even came to the door to pick Halley up for their "dates" and if I learned anything from my parents it is essential show a girl and her parents some respect...as my dad would say "if you don't come to the door to pick her up and meet us then she's not leaving through the door."
As for her parents, they are another story. I absolutely despised her mother. I literally couldn't stand her. She not only didn't listen to Halley, but also didn't trust her or respect her. At first I thought maybe Halley was over reacting as most teenagers have some issues with their parent now and then, but as the story progressed I released just how bad her mother was treating her. I think Halley didn't make the best choices when dealing with her mom, but I also think that her mother should have trusted her daughter instead of trying to control her life.
Ok sorry for all of the ranting. Overall I really enjoyed this book and think it's a great book that covers many teenage issues such as pregnancy, peer pressure, respect, friendship, and parent-teen relationships. It's not only a great read, but also one many people can relate to.