Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Book reviews: Someone Like You, by Sarah Dessen

Someone Like You, by author Sarah Dessen, is a wonderful story about a long lasting friendship between two young women. This touching book is a wonderful study on the strength and importance of the friends we find ourselves blessed with.

"Scarlett Thomas has been my best friend for as long as I can remember..." (from Someone Like You)

Scarlett and Halley have been best friends as long as they can remember. Told from Halley's point of view, the reader is treated to all of the drama high school life is famous for. Boys, teachers, and friends seem to be the most important thing in Halley and Scarlet's lives until the death of Scarlet's boyfriend in an auto accident and Scarlet's pregnancy.

This book is beautifully written in first person; the characters are richly developed and are a brilliant blend of fun and seriousness that makes them seem real. I love the touching scenes between the two girls and how they deal with their real world teenage problems. The girls and their mothers bond is a true testament to real friendships that endure through all trials.

Some of Sarah Dessen's other novels are The Truth About Forever, This Lullaby and That Summer. All of her novels revolve around the friendships and loves of young women.

"In high school, I was lucky enough to have a big group of girlfriends that have really inspired a lot of the stories in my books." (A Sarah Dessen quote from the official website)

This book is wonderfully enjoyable and enchanting, and I'd suggest it to any lover of young adult literature, girls who might be dealing with death or teen pregnancy, or anyone who loves to read stories about the strength and endurance one can get from true friendship.

Someone Like You; Sarah Dessen.
Puffin Publishers; June 2000.
ISBN: 0142401773

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