love Sarah Dessen. Now that I am back in South Carolina with regular library access, I overloaded the interlibrary loan cart with the titles I haven’t read. Someone Like You was the first to arrive and it is a classic, as in very early Dessen. It is fun for me to see how her style began and developed into Along for the Ride and others.
Halley and Scarlett are best friends that see each other equally while the rest of world sees them as Scarlett and her shy friend Halley. When Scarlett falls in love with a boy, he dies, and she gets pregnant (none of these are spoilers), she needs Halley to be the stronger one. Halley wants to, but she is also falling in love and making decisions on her own for the first time.
Someone Like You was combined with That Summer (next on my list) to make a Mandy Moore film called “How To Deal”. I’ve never seen it but will now! I also wanted to point out how much better the current cover of the novel is (although there isn’t any beach love in the book) than the copy I took out of the Myrtle Beach library. NOBODY wants to read a book with this cover!