Having enjoyed the movie How to Deal, I decided to read the books it’s based on: Someone Like You and That Summer. Following the film’s release, these two stories were joined together as a movie tie-in that is also called How to Deal. The first book is Someone Like You, which inspired the main characters Halley (Mandy Moore), Macon (Trent Ford) and Scarlett (Alexandra Holden) in the film. Read on to see what I thought of Someone Like You!
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.
Someone Like You is a fantastic realistic YA book that follows a 15-year-old girl during the summer holidays. Halley is at camp when she gets a call from her best friend Scarlett. She can immediately tell that something is wrong and she’s right – Scarlett’s boyfriend has been in a motorcycle accident and didn’t survive. Scarlett has always been there to comfort Halley, but now the roles have reversed and Halley has to look after Scarlett. She rushes home from camp, finding out that not only has Scarlett lost her boyfriend (who she only dated for a few months), but she’s also pregnant. While Scarlett is dealing with her pregnancy, Halley begins to drift away from her mother and starts hanging out with Macon, a guy from her gym class at school who everyone believes is a bad influence. Just like Scarlett, Halley is left to make decisions that will affect her for the rest of her life.
One of the things I like about Someone Like You is the friendship between Halley and Scarlett. Like many female best friends, Halley and Scarlett are very close and do practically everything together – from baking cookies to gossiping to parties – and they even work at the same shop. Both girls are relatable and likeable, although as an adult it is harder to sympathise with some of their choices. As with a lot of female characters in YA books, Halley is too preoccupied with a certain boy, practically worshipping him and neglecting the other people around her. However, Halley does mature over the course of the book and learns that maybe everyone was right about Macon.
Summer may be a few months away, but if you’re jetting off somewhere sunny soon and want something quick and enjoyable to read, be sure to check out Someone Like You. It deals with important teenage issues such as underage pregnancy and peer pressure, and will make you really appreciate your friends and family.
Let me know if you’ve read Someone Like You!