Author Talk: Sarah Dessen

It has basically been a month full of Sarah Dessen themed post. I reviewed her book Once and For All, her book signing and now this. Since I have been doing all of those post, I thought I would share some more love for Sarah Dessen and give to you another Author Talk. Who knows, maybe you will become a Sarah Dessen fan like most of us out there! 

A Little About Sarah Dessen:

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.

Her Books:
  • That Summer – Released 1996
  • Someone Like You – Released 1998
  • Keeping the Moon – Released 1999
  • Last Chance – Released 1999
  • Dreamland – Released 2000
  • This Lullaby – Released 2002
  • The Truth About Forever – Released 2004
  • Just Listen – Released 2006
  • Lock and Key – Released 2008
  • Along for the Ride – Released 2009
  • What Happened to Goodbye – Released 2011
  • The Moon and More – Released 2013
  • Saint Anything – Released 2015
  • Once and For All – Released 2017
Books I Recommend:

That Summer

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

Along for the Ride

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

This Lullaby

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

Once and for All

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants. 
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

What Happened to Goodbye

Who is the real McLean? 
Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out. 
Combining Sarah Dessen’s trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

My Opinion on Sarah Dessen: 

I really love Sarah Dessen. Her writing is so sweet and fluffy that you can’t help but love. She is able to suck you into this world that you didn’t know existed. I have been reading Sarah Dessen for a few years now and I don’t think I will forget the feeling I got when I finished her book. Plus, she is such a nice and sweet person in real life just like her characters. Her characters are amazing, even though they are all similar in some form. If you have liked Morgan Matson or Kasie West, you should totally give Sarah Dessen a try. Plus, it is the perfect time to read Sarah Dessen since it is summer! 

Have you read anything from Sarah Dessen? What did you think about it? Which is your favorite book and why? Who is another author you would like to see me do this with? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Happy Reading,

2 thoughts on “Author Talk: Sarah Dessen

  1. I discovered Sarah Dessen at my local library when I was in middle school. I remember devouring her books one by one, eagerly awaiting the next one to be published. I think the last one I read was in college, and I had trouble relating to the characters. I’ve noticed that a lot with YA – My tastes have definitely changed, and I have trouble enjoying the romance ones now. Having studied it heavily for my college senior thesis (Nicholas Sparks, specifically), I see certain patterns now. However, your post makes me want to read Dessen’s latest book! Thanks for sharing – Great post.


    1. I’m glad that you liked the post! You should totally check out her recent book because it is really good. I still remember the day I walked into my middle school’s library and picking up the book. I don’t know how I remember this day but when I got home, I realized that my school actually had a signed copied of books in it.


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