Monday, September 24, 2012

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

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. Though their friendship may be tested by the strain, like a true friendship, it will endure.

HELLO LOVELY PEOPLE!!!! Boy, have I missed you guys!! Sorry, it's been awhile, but with school starting and all, it's been a pain, so round of applause to Palak for being such an awesome blogger *Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap*! Anywho, while I was gone, I've read a lot of awesome stories (Which I'm planning to do one a day if I can for the week) including this one by the all powerful Sarah Dessen. Normally I don't have much preference towards her books, but this one sounded interesting, and it ended up being great!

Halley (love the name) and Scarlett (love the name) are best friends and then Scarlett's life goes haywire with her summer-fling-love dead and a bun in the oven. Halley is just trying to figure out who she is which also means dating Macon, the bad boy wierdo that wants sex. ANYWAY,  it sounds like a wired pair, but props to Dessen for making this flow and sinc up. This book is just about growing up, just in two different ways, forcefully and gradually.

Halley's coming of age story is all about finding balance with her mother, learning about boys, and figuring out who she is. All of which are pretty resolved in at the end in a very meaningful and harmonious way, and i am not dissapointed with the outcome, especially dealing with Macon. Scarlett needed to learn to care for others, but also to be cared for. She was always so motherly that she never let herself need anybody. Both of these girls have stories that are relatable and inspiring to real life situations and girls these days. reading this book would be a great lesson to other girls about how to live life for yourself instead of in somebody elses shadow.

For some reason, I've been all for realish-teenage books lately (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, How to Save a Life, The Fault in our Stars, this book, etc)=, but I haven't been dissapointed yet. There is a certain level of finality and serenity to feel that kind of relationship and bond over characters. Not all great stories have to be crazy and magical. Charming coming-of-age stories are, I believe, more powerful to readers because of the hope you feel when you read them. Even fake characters can be like family if written correctly. And Sarah Dessen is just one of those authors that can do that, and a beautiful experience. See you tomorrow!

Cover: 3/5 stars
Plot: 4/5 stars
-Love, Katie!

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