“I watched my mother do what she did best, and realized there would never be a way to cut myself from her entirely. No matter how strong or weak I was, she was a part of me, as crucial as my own heart. I would never be strong enough, in all my life, to do without her.” *Sniffs*
I have read enough books by Ms.Sarah Dessen to prove the she has never failed to give me exactly what I want from a contemporary YA read. Reading her books to me feels like going to that one true friend you could always trust and rely on to tell you the right words at the right time, could even make you effortlessly laugh.
”…he was one of those short, skinny kids with pasty white skin; he always wore black, which made him look half dead, or half alive, depending on how optimistic you were…
Sarah Dessen gets me. She really does.
Someone Like You once again achieved the author’s signature contemporary plot- simple but dynamic. The story is basically about a 16 year old girl named Halley as she discovers herself and grows as a girl and as a person alongside her best friend, Scarlett, in the most unexpected and unusual ways while trying so hard to detach from her mom as she attempts to prove that she’s no longer mommy’s little girl.
From the storyline alone, we could already glimpse several complex relationships like friendship, mother-daughter relationship and of course, since it’s YA, we also get to see how a teenage girl starts to develop a romantic connection with a boy. These characters feel very genuine and it’s not hard to empathize with each one of them no matter how unlikable they seem and as always, the author leaves her readers sighing at the satisfying conclusion giving justice and closure to the story.