Title: Someone Like You
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publication Date: May 1, 2004
Source: won in a giveaway
Summary from Goodreads:
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 was 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 won this book in a giveaway sometime last year, and I profusely apologize to the blogger who sent it to me (along with another Dessen novel)...because I didn't make a note of it, and I haven't a clue who it was at this point. Sorry, fellow blogger! Please reveal yourself if you happen to read this! :)
This review will be rather short, because Someone Like You struck me as very run-of-the-mill, cliche young adult lit. That's not to say that it's a bad book. I think it will appeal to YA audiences, especially the younger age groups in that market (late middle school/early high school). But there's nothing unique or memorable here--I will likely forget this book within a couple of months. (I will put money on it, especially because I've read two other Dessen books in the past--This Lullaby and Lock and Key--and couldn't tell you the faintest detail about them.)
Wow, that's not really the best way to get you interested in this novel, is it? Like I said, despite it's blase feel as a whole, I still had fun reading it. Halley is negotiating relationships with a lot of different people here--her mother, her best friend, her boyfriend, etc. I liked that Dessen didn't always make Halley the "good guy" (and conversely, her antagonists were not always the "bad guys"). Halley screwed up just as much as they did. Lots of teachable moments here for the teen audience.
That said, the ultimate outcomes were very predictable, and the ending was rather disappointing. I felt like it ended a bit too early--the characters all went through a rather momentous event, and then it just ended. I don't mind open-ended conclusions (as you all know), but this one was too clunky, not purposeful.
Overall: a nice way to pass the time, but Someone Like You isn't anything to write home about.
The Memory of Love by Linda Olsson!
I have no idea how I got this book on my shelf. I think it was from a publisher, long ago? But it's not an ARC, so I'm not entirely sure. Ah well, looks interesting anyway...