Author: Sarah Dessen
ISBN/Publisher: 978-0-14-240177-4/Speak (part of Penguin)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult
Someone Like You is about Halley's life and the people in it. It starts off in the summer before her junior year when she needs to become the strength for her BFF, Scarlett. Scarlett's boyfriend is killed in a motorcycle accident and later finds out she is pregnant with his baby.
Halley, pre-junior year was mommy's girl, but now she wants her independence. So she starts to pull away from her parents, specifically her mother. She finds that she cannot stand involving her mom in her life and is sick and tired of her knowing everything. This just so happens to be around the time that Halley begins to date a "bad boy." She is loving the attention that she gets from Macon and wants to learn more about him, but her mom definitely does not approve this relationship.
Will Halley distance herself further from her parents and how will she be there for Scarlett?
I love how this book deals with the teenager/parent relationship. Especially a sixteen year old girl that wants her own identity away from being mommy's little girl. Then, there is the whole teen pregnancy issue.
When I first read the title of this book, I totally thought it was going to be all about a boyfriend/girlfriend issue...Someone Like You. But, it really isn't. It's about a friendship and a mother/daughter relationship and how these relationships are important.
As I read about the teen pregnancy, it reminded me of my sister and me. Although, I am younger than her, I remember going to the doctors appointments with her while she was pregnant and how she dealt with her teenage pregnancy. Also, she was pregnant when this book was published...hehehehe. Then, the mother/daughter relationship. Oh boy do I relate to that because I am a momma's girl. I totally know what it is like to want to get away from the mom, but in the end I can't escape wanting her and knowing she'll always be there.
This is a well written book that captures the importance of relationships. Dessen is an amazing author and I am enjoying my monthly spotlight. Towards the end of the novel, I thought that this would make a good movie...and then I remembered it is a movie with Mandy Moore...How to Deal. I think I need to go check it out : )
Now go and grab your cup of tea or hazelnut coffee (or whatever beverage you prefer) along with a Sarah Dessen book and HAPPY readings!!!