Originally Published May 1, 1998 by Penguin
Plot Summary for Someone Like You
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 was 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.
Review of Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
After my re-read, I think this book fits into what I call "early Dessen": a younger character learning about life and love with a minimum of romance and a hint of disillusionment.
Scarlett and Halley are best friends, but the summer before their junior year, Scarlett's boyfriend is killed. A few months later, Scarlett discovers she's pregnant and has to figure out what to do. Halley has problems of her own: Macon, the new guy she likes, seems to have a lot of ex-girlfriends and he's pressuring her to get more physical.
Given that this book has a more serious aspect, with the teen pregnancy plotline, I expected it to feel angstier than it did. Yes, the pregnancy is a major part of the story, but it felt to me like just another thing that the girls had to deal with, along with boy trouble and annoying parents. But overall, it's a great friendship story.
SOMEONE LIKE YOU Quiz: how Much Do You Remember?
1. Lakeview, the town where Halley and Scarlett live, has a motto. What is it?
A: Lakeview: One Community Around the Lake
B: Lakeview: Live Where You Play
C: Lakeview: A Community of Friends
D. Lakeview: Gateway to the Lakes
2. In what situation does Macon suggest that Halley use the Jedi Mind Trick?
A: Her school schedule is completely messed up
B: She's turning her homework in late
C: She's missed curfew again
D: She needs a day off from her job at Milton's Market
3. What does Halley's father call the family lawnmower?
A: Old Rusty
C: The Green Machine
D: The Beast
4. What's the name of the pregnancy book that Scarlett reads throughout the story?
A: You're Pregnant - What Now?
B: The Pregnant Mother's Companion
C: The Expectant Mother
D: Yeah, Baby!
5. Scarlett goes into labor during
C: The school musical
D: The SATs
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