My friend Ella at The Clock Monkey and I have been going back and forth for a few weeks here selecting a book she would like to use for the Guest Blogger spot. When she said she had this book available as a TBR, I was excited as I have heard a lot about this author but have not as of yet, had the pleasure to read her.
Here is Ella’s Review:
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Summary: (from sarahdessen.com)
Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years, sharing secrets, clothes, and crushes. People know Scarlett as the popular, flamboyant one; Halley’s just her quiet sidekick. Then, at the beginning of their junior year, the balance shifts. First, Scarlett’s boyfriend Michael is killed in a freak accident; soon afterward, she learns that she is carrying his baby. For the first time, 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. Sarah Dessen’s poignant, funny voice has earned her raves and legions of teenaged fans.
Someone Like You was not a good read for me. I could not relate to any of the characters, and I got mad at them –mostly at Halley- at some points. This doesn’t mean that Sarah didn’t write a good book, quite the opposite. Sarah tells the story of two best friends going through the most traumatic experiences of their lives, two best friends who are always there for each other.
Not having gone through the same experiences myself, I cannot understand what Halley must have gone through, helping Scarlett with her pregnancy, and dealing with Macon.
Maybe someone closer to these situations will find this to be a rewarding book.
Why was I mad at Halley, you may be wondering. I felt like she couldn’t stand up for herself, like she lacked her own voice. Where she didn’t say anything, there was Scarlett, and sometimes her mother, to fill in the gaps. I felt like she took everything that came her way, and did little or nothing to defend herself. But then again, I constantly compared her to myself, saying “If I were in her shoes…”. Of course I wouldn’t just stand there in front of my mother listening to her blaming me for something I hadn’t done. I guess that’s my latin heritage right there, we’re more outspoken.
I also knew I’d been right about Macon all along.
The only character that won my sympathy was Scarlett, who, in spite of being all hormonal, I found to be the most down to earth. You learn from the beginning she’s mommy material all the way through.
Overall, this was not one of my favourite reads this year, it all was a bit too predictable, I swear I could have told you the ending just after reading the 1st part; but I’ll give Sarah another try; this was my first Sarah Dessen novel after all.
Maybe I’ll love the next one.
But you know what, I liked this book, what I didn’t like were the characters.
*What was her favorite line/part of the book?
– “I will never learn, until you let me.” Halley. (reading this I was like ‘Really? Good for you girl! Finally!’)
*Was this a good read for Ella? Did she get stuck at some point?
– It wasn’t a great read, but she’s glad she went on and finished it. Things turned out just like she’d thought they would.
5 Monkeys: I loved it!
4 Monkeys: I really liked it
3 Monkeys: Not that bad, but…
2 Monkeys: I didn’t like it.
1 Monkey: Didn’t even bother to finish reading it
Monkey Rating for this book: 3 Monkeys
*Author’s Website: http://www.sarahdessen.com/
Thank you Ella for this review! I love how you rate by monkeys! I am still very interested in reading Sarah Dessen and think it would be interesting to see what take I would have on this same book. Please take time to stop by The Clock Monkey and give Ella’s blog a look!