Having seen her parents divorced, her pouty perfectionist sister engaged to a bland country-club preppie and her knocked-up best friend suffer a terrible romantic tragedy, Halley Martin is one high school girl very wary of love.
As played by pop- princess- cum- promising- actress Mandy Moore, she's also a credible Everyteen with a good head on her shoulders, which is what makes her determination to guard her heart a sound basis for "How to Deal," a fluffy slice-of-teen-life drama that strives to raise the bar a little for its often eye-rolling genre.
Adapted from the youth novels "Someone Like You" and "That Summer" by Sarah Dessen, the film is an admirable step up from the superficial, soundtrack-driven tripe usually targeted to the MTV demographic, and Moore's appealing, unaffected authenticity buttresses the story in its weaker passages.
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