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. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break–because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.
I’ve never been able to understand the condescending way some people talk about Sarah Dessen’s books. I’ve read a number of them now, and each one of them has dealt with serious issues, portrayed teenagers far more realistically than the likes of Twilight and its copiers and certainly don’t always insist on a happy ending.
I loved this book a lot, and even though the cover advertises it as a romance, it most certainly is not. There is no romantic happy ending in sight; this is a story about friendship holding up through anything and everything. It’s a story of how strong teenagers can be, even when faced with such challenging things as pregnancy and the death of a boyfriend.
I liked that the characters in this story were far from perfect and yet always tried to do the best thing. Something I appreciated was the realisation that relationships – especially teen relationships – aren’t perfect, and that if the boyfriend had lived, chances were things wouldn’t have worked out and ended in marriage and happily ever after. The two girls at the heart of this story were refreshingly pragmatic. I liked them both.
Sarah Dessen goes on impressing me with her young adult books. Unlike those who claim there’s a ‘sameness’ to each of her stories, I’d beg to differ. Each book comes with a fresh set of problems, a fresh set of characters and a distinct lack of the sameness that plagues a lot of YA paranormal and hot bad boy fiction!