Someone’s Story is literally Someone’s story...
Someone’s Story is literally Someone’s story, as in a first-person narrative of a teenager that calls himself Someone. As he struggles to find a new footing in a new space, we encounter the many ups and downs of modern teenage life, the difficulties that adjusting to adult feelings bring, and a few tear-jerking surprises along the way.
Going into this I knew it fell into similar categories of books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This book writes in a very similar manner as we follow a young man who wants to be referred to as “Someone” as he navigates through life and senior year. We see him as he struggles with friends, his future, his past, and mental wellness.
From page one this book feels very relatable for young adults. Especially with his struggle with having to make friends. Though I personally do not have any mental struggles, I could relate to how he felt in some of the scenarios throughout the book when his mental wellness came into play.
At first, this book seems a little slow and a bit unremarkable. The further you get, the deeper things become. It builds up to something beyond remarkable and it leaves me standing here like “Woah! What just happened!” The format of writing is a bit unorthodox, but it didn’t bother me. It was refreshing in a way. Something different.
At first, this book seems a little slow and a bit unremarkable. The further you get, the deeper things become. It builds up to something beyond remarkable and it leaves me standing here like “Woah! What just happened!”
There were a few parts that I didn’t care for in this book. Mainly when it came to rants on the lectures in Someone’s classes and when it ranted on movies and shows. Specifically, when they all went to see the latest Harry Potter movie at the theaters, Deathly Hallows Part One. They talked about what happened in the movie. I wasn’t prepared! I was not aware Dobby died! For those that aren’t aware, I grew up not being allowed to watch or read Harry Potter. So it wasn’t until I started high school that I finally made the decision to pick up the books, and I’ve been a wizard ever since! I only have the last book left to read and I’ve still managed to not watch the movie. I only watched the movies after I read the books. So reading this spoiler… I was not a happy camper. I skipped through to the end of this chapter to avoid any additional spoilers.
Now I’ve read other books that have referenced other books or movies or shows, but I’ve never seen them mention anything that would be considered a spoiler such as saying “Dobby dies.” So I didn’t expect this and frankly, I didn’t appreciate it. I know it seems silly but I unknowingly spoiled that last book for myself. I felt these scenes could have just not been there and the story wouldn’t have been affected at all.
When I first started reading this, I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. As I mentioned, it started slow. But the more I read, the more invested I became in learning the different characters’ stories. Everything Someone was experiencing with his friends and at school was all relatable. I didn’t care how it ended, though I was curious, I was honestly just content with reading and continuing along with their story.
I didn’t care how it ended, though I was curious, I was honestly just content with reading and continuing along with their story.
I mentioned that I started this knowing fits in with similar categories as The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s been years since I’ve read it, but it was one of my favorites in high school. And while reading Someone’s Story, I was definitely reminded of similar scenes from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. But, they were both different with different types of characters and why they had happened. It’s all part of the high school experience. Both books are wildly different in the main character and what they’ve experienced and the levels of their mental health. However, they definitely fall within the same categories.
Overall, this story is very impactful as it covers such serious topics that aren’t always openly talked about. It showcases issues that young adults face growing up. Someone’s Story is definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But I think if you enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower, coming of age stories, or young adult books that cover serious topics such as mental wellness, I think you’ll enjoy this one.