Sunday, January 9, 2011

Someone Like You By Sarah Dessen

“Life is an ugly, awful place not to have a best friend.” Have you ever really needed someone to turn to when life gets tough? How about someone to talk to when your world seems to be falling apart? These feelings were shared by two best friends, Halley and Scarlet, in the book: “Someone Like You”. Halley was always quiet and shy. She was not brave enough to handle many situations by herself. This is why she had Scarlet as her best friend. Scarlet was adventurous and daring. She stood up for herself and everything she believed. Scarlet also had the job of standing up and being there for her shy best friend. Apparently, opposites do attract. In all of Halley’s most difficult problems it seems Scarlet always knows exactly what to do. Scarlet fell deeply in love in the beginning of her junior year of high school. She spends a lot of time with her boyfriend Michael and really cares deeply about him. Never forgetting of course her best friend Halley. Her life seems to be going perfectly. What’s better then having a great family, loving boyfriend, and a perfect best friend. Life was going perfect until the tables were turned around. Michael, Scarlet’s true love was killed in a motorcycle accident. She is devastated and has little hope. She had her future planned out revolving around her beloved Michael. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Scarlet finds out that she is carrying Michael’s baby. This time, with completely crushed Scarlet, Halley is being looked towards for answers to some of life’s hardest questions. Halley has to learn exactly how to be strong, not for herself, but for Scarlet. As hard as it may be, she knows she will be there for Scarlet. Best friends is not a label, it’s a promise.


1. What advice would you give Scarlet if you were in Halley's shoes?

2. What do you think Scarlet will do about the baby?

3. Do you believe that being best friends is a promise?


Heather B. 1-2 said...

1.) Scarlet needs to get proffessional help. She is in a situation that she cannot deal with herself.

2.) She will probably keep the baby.

3.) Being best friends is a promise. Best friends need to be there for each other always and always do what's best for the other person.

Renae G. 1-2 said...

3. Yes I believe best friends is a promise. Everyone needs someone to turn to for help and advice and to never leave their side.

Avi D. 7/8 said...

1. You should tell your parents, and consult others on what you should do. In my opinion you should keep the baby as a token of your love for Michael.
2. I think she will keep the child an raise it as her own in order to preserve her love for Michael.
3. No I do not believe it is a promise. I never go out and say who is my best friend. I just know. If something comes up I don't feel that I HAVE to do anything, but I WANT to do something. Therefore friendship is not a promise, but something that you feel is necessary and something you want to do.

Madi Y 7-8 said...

I think as it may be a token of love to Michael, I also think it could be too much for Scarlet to handle on her own. I think she needs to talk to her parents about it and gain support of her family first.

Josie D 7/8 said...

1. I would probably tell her to go to a proffessional, just to make sure she was all right and had a professional opinion. But immediately, I would tell her that Michael would want her to live her life and be happy, not be sad about his death.
2. She will probably keep the baby to remind her of Michael. Even though he's gone she can still have a piece of him in her life.
3. Yes, being a friend is a promise and being a best friend is an even bigger promise. You have to care for their problems and about them, not just about yourself.

Miranda R. 7-8 said...

3. I think being a friend is a promise and that you should honor your friendships. It's important to remain loyal and try to help your friends as much as you can.

Sarah N. 7-8 said...

1. I agree with what others were saying, I would advice some professional help. However, in the moment I would tell her that I will listen and help her get through the loss.

2. I think that she will end up keeping the baby, because she loved Michael so much. While it may be hard for her to raise the baby I think she would raise it, because that is probably what he would want.

Abby M. 1-2 said...

1. I agree with Heather that Scarlet needs to get professional help, more than just Haley's support, to deal with her problems.

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