This novel mostly revolves around the interwoven lives of five people, involving love, friendship, misunderstandings and betrayal. The main character, Niharika Singh, is the girl next door. Most female readers may find a lot in common with her. She has low self esteem, is shy and is low in confidence generally. She considers herself ugly and feels lost in a crowd. Soon Simran, her sister, gives Niharika a makeover, which changes everything.
Someone Like You beautifully portrays the transformation seen in Niharika, when she realizes that even she has the right to feel beautiful. She sets off on a new journey, when she enrolls herself in a college. Niharika makes new friends, Tanmay, Akshat and Karthik, in the new city. Tanmay goes on to become her best friend. Her interaction with Akshat is a little complex considering he was her sister’s ex-boyfriend.
Niharika has feelings for Karthik, whose nature remains a mystery to her, which is resolved later when she finds out that he fakes his actions to cover up his past. Someone Like You further describes Niharika’s roommate, Pia, who’s also a good friend and is in a long term relationship with Vishal. But Tanmay begins to like her and Pia reciprocates. The friendship between Niharika and Akshat also gradually develop feelings for each other, which they are not sure of.