Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: May 1, 1998
Edition: Paperback (281 pages)
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 was 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.
Since it's summer, I decided that it was about time I picked up a contemporary book, so I decided to read some Sarah Dessen! I've only read one book by Sarah Dessen: Just Listen. I read it a few years ago and I really enjoyed it, just as I thought this novel was pretty good as well.
Basically, this book is about the friendship between Halley and Scarlett. When they were about 11, Halley moved to Scarlett's town and she lived right across the street. The day that she was moving in, she met Scarlett and they had been friends ever since. Scarlett and Halley are kind of opposites, as in Scarlett is really outgoing and is good at making friends and getting boyfriends and everything while Halley is the complete and utter opposite. She's never had a boyfriend and she pretty much only has one friend: Scarlett.
For the entire summer, Scarlett had been dating a guy named Michael. He was a guy that everyone loved, though he was with Scarlett. She really, truly liked him a lot, and he really liked her. One day while Halley is at summer camp, she gets a call from Scarlett and she says that Michael Sherwood died in a motorcycle accident. Of course, Halley being the best friend that she is, completely leaves camp and comes to console Scarlett. A few months later they find that Scarlett is pregnant with Michael's child.
Michael had a best friend and his name was Macon. He knew Scarlett, so they were friends. At one point, Scarlett introduces him to Halley and they end up dating, so Halley finally gets her first boyfriend.
I absolutely love how this book was mainly about friendship rather than the relationships that the girls had. It was solely about the relationship between Scarlett and Halley. I really liked Macon and Halley's relationship too once it started, though Macon really started to get on my nerves! Halley was absolutely crazy about him though Macon definitely could have tried a bit harder. In the end, I did enjoy this book.
"Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend."
"You can't just plan a moment when things get back on track, just as you can't plan the moment you lose your way in the first place."
"You can't just turn your heart off like a faucet; you have to go to the source and dry it out, drop by drop."
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins