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A 1998 take on teen pregnancy ladies and gentlemen With all the girl hate and slut shaming you d expect everywhere you wouldn t expect it.Anyway.This book was weird.Only 2 books to go in the 2018 Sarah Dessen Reread Extravaganza I am a superhero.Bottom line If you are going to read a Sarah Dessen book, 1 yes do it and 2 DON T PICK THIS ONE 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 InSomeone Like YouScarlett s boyfriend, Micheal dies in a car accident and finds out that she is pregnant while her best friend, Halley is away at summer camp Halley and Scarlett have been best friend since they were little, so Halley knows she has to come home to see Scarlett Halley helps Scarlett along with her pregnancy, putting up with her mood changes and food cravings Scarlett has always been the outgoing, independent one out of the pair, but now that Scarlett is going to have a baby, Halley has so be the stronger one In the meantime, Halley falls for Macon Faulkner, Micheal sbest friend Macon is a little bit of a rebel, and Halley starts rebelling along with him Halley and Macon s relationship starts to get sticky later in the book after Macon pressures Halley to do things she doesn t want to do After a car accident and Macon not even coming to the hospital to see her, Halley learns she deserves better than that.Dessen is a great writer because she doesn t make Scarlett s pregnancy picture perfect, she shows Scarlett s struggle throughout the nine months The reader will learn that being pregnant is not always a bad thing, but you should never get pressured to do something that you don t want to do I enjoyed this book besides the ending where it seemed unresolved. Book 5 100 of 2015 and A book on the bottom of your TBR for the 2015 reading challenge.I wasn t really feeling this book It was semi similar to Since You ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson in the sense that there is a introverted and shy main character who has always been outshined by her outgoing best friend and finds her confidence throughout I LOVED Since You ve Been Gone my second to last read before this one and I continually was thinking Wow, I liked that book better I wish I was re reading that book even though they are pretty different books I love many of Sarah Dessen s books and bought this one five years ago because of that back in the days when BookTube wasn t a thing and I had limited knowledge of other authors , but I never really felt the urge to pick this one up hence the reason it was last on my TBR list.As for the book, I didn t really like or connect to any of the characters and Macon was my absolute least favorite I also felt like this book dragged even though it was less than 300 pages long Maybe I would have liked it if I hadn t just read three great books in a row especially SYBG but who knows 3.5 Stars Life is an ugly, awful place to not have a best friend.This is my 2nd Sarah Dessen novel The novel opens up with our MC, Halley being dragged out of bed in the night while away at camp for a phone call On the phone is her best friend, Scarlett Scarlett tells Halley that their friend Michael has been in an accident and he diedhe was also Scarlett s boyfriend, they had been dating since the summer started She asks Halley to come home Halley calls her mom to pick her up early and her mom is NOT happy about this Scarlett has always been the stronger, braver and outgoing one, with Halley kind of just along for the ride, still trying to figure out who she is.When I pictured myself, it was always like just an outline in a coloring book, with the inside not yet completed All the standard features were there But the colors, the zigzags and plaids, the bits and pieces that made me up, Halley, weren t yet in place Scarlett s vibrant reds and golds helped some but I was still waiting.A few days later, right before the funeral, Halley meets Macon, who was Michael s best friend He seems like your typical teenage bad boy Shortly after the funeral, summer ends and they return to high school for their junior year Halley and Scarlett also have their part time jobs at Milton s Market as cashier s Things are slowly returning to normal.Then Macon starts showing some attention to Halley They have third period gym together and Halley starts to really look forward to that bit of her day when she can see Macon and is disappointed on the days that he doesn t manage to make it to class.About that same time, Scarlett finds out that she is pregnant with Michael s baby Her mom, Marion, is hugely disappointed though it s worth saying that Marion isn t exactly a great maternal example for most of this book and demands that Scarlett have an abortion She sets up the appointment and drives Scarlett to the clinic But Scarlett can t go through with it and she makes the tough decision to keep the baby.The novel takes us through Scarlett s pregnancy, and I liked that Dessen gave a realistic view of it, how hard it can be, especially as a teenager Now it s Halleys turn to be the stronger of the two as Scarlett depends on her and Halley essentially fills the roles of both the best friend and the absent baby daddy, dealing with Scarlett s epic mood swings, accompanying her to doctor appointments and making runs for food cravings.But Halley is also going through some changes of her own, mainly due to her growing relationship with Macon He continues to skip school and party a lot and slowly Halley begins rebeling like him and withdrawing from her parents especially her mother She and her mother were always very close, so this new distance puts a lot of tension in the household.I really disliked Macon but what I did like was that Dessen showed how a relationship can be the problem, not the answer After a few months of being a couple, Macon starts to put pressure on Halley to do things that she s not yet comfortable with and as she keeps declining him, he starts to withdraw from the relationship, which scares Halley, because she doesn t want to lose him.I did like that in the end, Halley makes the right decisions She s resentful that her mother has been telling her all along that Macon s bad news and I think that this kind of maybe pushed Halley closer to Macon for a bit She just had to come to the realization on her own through her own experiences One of my main complaints about this novel is probably that Michael s death is a bit glossed over, which just didn t seem realistic when compared to the rest of the book It was said in the beginning that he was popular and his accident really was a tragedy, he was only 16 But there was really no grieving done, by anyone really Everyone seemed pretty unaffected by it aside from Scarlett occasionally making remarks that she missed him or wondering how things would have been different had he been there for the pregnancy I actually would ve loved for this book to be written in dual POVs so that I could ve been in Scarlett s head for this too She was my favorite character by far So not a bad book A quick, easy read. 3.5This book surprised me Initially it was a solid 2 stars, eventually reaching 4 and settling on 3.5 I was surprised by it because initially it seemed so incredibly dumb The novel opens with Halley getting a phone call that her bff s boyfriend has been killed in an accident Now, this is high drama But does anyone seem fazed Mmm, not really Scarlett, the bff in question, is washing dishes while she relays the news to Halley, and Halley s mom seems pretty chilled about it, not even wanting to pick up Halley from camp for, hello, the funeral Let alone comforting the bff.Halley does get back from camp, with the mom NOT being happy about it, and you have Halley s mom cooking up French toast and Scarlett s mom Marion happy and smiling The fact that a sixteen year old child has died certainly didn t impact the community the way one would think There is no memorial at school, no statue, no nothing That was the first oddity, leading me to assume this bizaare almost Camus like work could not end well.Another thing was Halley s relationship with her mom The mom seems cast as this evil villain because she resents her daughter s growing distance and experimenting with alchohol and boys Dessen loves showing how her pretty yet introverted teens can find themselves always with the help of a boy thanks, Dessen and here seemed to be another case where the teen must know best and the parent must be a loser.However, the book took a turn almost immediately when it became clear that Dessen s formula was changing The male protagonist automatic love interest, Macon, was introduced early on, and rather than have the book involve the dance of intimacy as the two try to navigate their feelings, the affair begins almost immediately, leading me to wonder if, in fact, the relationship would for once be the problem, and not the solution something I wish teen books would deal with.It was.Macon, while being charming and dizzying and unpredictable, cuts class, parties, and shows himself to be pretty inconsiderate He drives recklessly, laughs off Halley s curfew, and soon begins to pressure her to go further than she would like I really appreciated this refreshing twist, as Halley s interest in Macon was played out nicely he wasn t a total scumbag that had the reader scratching her head, nor was he inconsistent In addition, Dessen does a nice job showing how relationships shift and change as the physical end becomes and of an issue, and the pressure a girl can feel to comply.In the meantime, Halley s bff discovers she is pregnant with her dead boyfriend s baby, and while I did not feel this was handled realistically at all, it did paint a nice backdrop to the pressure Halley was under.Halley s mom is ultimately seen as complex, because her warnings ring true even if she does show herself to be overly controlling I appreciated the distancing of their relationship as I feel that is a true to life portrayal of how teens shy away from parents mistaking them as withholders of independence rather than sources of guidance.There were some inconsistencies that bothered me like, everyone has a cell phone yet no one seems able to use it when it counts Macon has to call the landline at 10 30 at night and upset Halley s parents Halley can t ever communicate effectively with anyone because there is no phone nearby And when Scarlett has her baby, do you REALLY think her mom would be off with some dude and have no way to be reached It s not like they didn t know this was coming.Anyway, all things considered while there was much room for improvement, I was just so happy to see a book where the white knight does not come save the princess, in fact he gets her in serious trouble several times and she still finds herself wanting him, which sounds a whole lot like life to me. 3.5 5 stars.By reading this book I can clearly see how much Sarah Dessen has improved as an author after several novels While Someone Like You is a likable, heart warming story, it lacks the strong emotions and pitch perfect writing of Dessen s later books.One thing I would have loved was if this book was written in the perspective of a different character, namely Cameron or Scarlet The story seems to revolve around Scarlet as opposed to Halley, so seeing her thoughts at certain points of the novel would have been interesting Cameron s character is also splendid the outcast arriving at a new school who strikes up a somewhat relationship with a girl who is pregnant and carrying the baby of her deceased boyfriend Whew.Halley, however, seemed a bit flat I liked how she learned about life through her rocky relationships with her mother and Macon, but in the end I still hadn t fully connected with her It might be that Dessen tried to tackle too many sensitive subjects at once the mother and daughter bond, the selfish boyfriend, and the pregnant best friend and simply did not manage to make it all tie back together like she usually does.Overall, this was a refreshing, touching book by Sarah Dessen I expected a bit due to her splendid stories such as The Truth About Forever and Just Listen, but it s unfair to hold her accountable for books she published after this one Read this if you don t have anything else you re dying to read.Want to read of my reviews Follow me here. This book hit so close to home for me I m sitting here filled up with so much emotion over this book Scarlett s story is close to my own with her unexpected pregnancy as a teenager and her struggles I even had my own Halley to help me my bf Sara along the way to take care of me, tell me everything was ok, and just to be there Everyone should have that best friend like the book says I loved this story, although I wish there was a better ending Something to really solidify it so you had a sense of completeness I ve decided I m going to get this book for my Sara because I m sure it will mean just as much to her as it does to me It was even interesting that Scarlett s baby has the same initials as my baby I watched my mother do what she did best, and realized there would never be a way to cut myself from her entirely No matter how strong or weak I was, she was a part of me, as crucial as my own heart I would never be strong enough, in all my life, to do without herSniffs I have read enough books by Ms.Sarah Dessen to prove that she has never failed to give me exactly what I want from a contemporary YA read Reading her books to me feels like going to that one true friend you could always trust and rely on to tell you the right words at the right time, could even make you effortlessly laughhe was one of those short, skinny kids with pasty white skin he always wore black, which made him look half dead, or half alive, depending on how optimistic you were Sarah Dessen gets me She really does Someone Like You once again achieved the author s signature contemporary plot simple but dynamic The story is basically about a 16 year old girl named Halley as she discovers herself and grows as a girl and as a person alongside her best friend, Scarlett, in the most unexpected and unusual ways while trying so hard to detach from her mom as she attempts to prove that she s no longer mommy s little girl From the storyline alone, we could already glimpse several complex relationships like friendship, mother daughter relationship and of course, since it s YA, we also get to see how a teenage girl starts to develop a romantic connection with a boy These characters feel very genuine and it s not hard to empathize with each one of them no matter how unlikable they seem and as always, the author leaves her readers sighing at the satisfying conclusion giving justice and closure to the story.