Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Level: 14 and up

# of Pages: 281 p.

RAC Book: Yes

In one of Sarah Dessen’s early books, Halley struggles through her junior year of high school. Things do not turn out as planned when her best friend, Scarlet, finds out she is pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby. The boyfriend died unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident over the previous summer. At the same time, Halley begins dating a boy her mother disapproves of and they begin fighting constantly. Finally, her grandmother whom she is named after is dying.

Dessen’s work has come a long way in the last ten years. While there is nothing bad about this book, the characters fail to compel readers to continue turning pages like some of her more recent books like The Truth About Forever. Teen readers will still enjoy this one, but the lack of resolution at the end will bother some of them.

8 Responses to “Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen”

  1. 1 Lis November 30, 2008 at 6:04 am

    I completely agree with you. It did get pretty boring at times-I liked some of her other books though, this one didn’t really do it for me.

  2. 2 kelly February 25, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    this book was amazing, your completly wrong.

  3. 3 phoebe March 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    this book was awesome. it had a real life issue and the relationships between her mother, scarlett, and macon were all amazingly close to how you really feel at times.

  4. 4 likie September 2, 2010 at 1:52 am

    this book was amazing it was the best book i have ever read!! I LOVE IT!!!

  5. 5 Rach July 7, 2011 at 5:00 am

    This one had SOME good parts but it was still kinda boring. I also didn’t like how it had typos and the first half of part I was boring.

  6. 7 Shannon November 27, 2011 at 2:23 am

    This book really told about a girl who falls for a guy who completely changes her and respectfully she breaks up with him which is a good lesson. So this book felt different then other Dessen books to me.

  7. 8 HAILEY H-G December 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm


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