UPDATE 299 Kindle US today 9262045 starsI loved it so much The end Mel BLOG 63019 Wow My very first DNF of a Dessen book I never thought I d live to see the day There wasn t anything bad about this book that turned me off it was just very very VERY did I mention very slow paced If you are looking for something fun fast paced and excited this is not the book for you If however you want something that is heavily character oriented and takes its time building up to the action you will probably love this This is the ind of book that you have to be in the mood for I guess I couldn t really make myself care about any of the characters I do think that the love interest Roo was absolutely adorable though As a fellow gap toothed bitch I love seeing a fellow gappie lol A shame but I ll be returned this one to the library unfinished Maybe I ll get back to it one day when I want a real slow to unfold story The ueen of YA contemporaries has a new book coming out You bet I m gonna read it the day sarah dessen writes a gay book my heart will finally be satisfied what can i say about a sarah dessen novel that i havent already said before nothing because she is the ueen of consistency i could literally copy and paste my review from any of her other books and it would apply to this one I ve been a huge YA reader for some time now and as I have selected books through the years I ve seen Sarah Dessen s name pop up For some reason I had never read any of her books although she certainly had been named as an author worth reading So when her newest book The Rest of the Story was released I figured it was time I remedied my unfamiliarity with Dessen s workWTF have I been waiting for All I Cop Knowledge: Police Power and Cultural Narrative in Twentieth-Century America know is if her other books are as good as this one I am seriously going to have to devour her backlist stat It s been a while since a nearly 450 page book left me wanting when I was finished wishing it was longer so I could spend time with the characters andnow what happened to them after the story ended But all of this happened with this bookThere were lots of ways to love someone I guessed both by remembering and forgettingEmma Saylor s mother was at times both larger than life and withdrawn She died five years ago when Emma was 12 but her parents were divorced much earlier than that and she lived with her father and grandmotherWhile there are many things about her mother that Emma has forgotten she always remembered the stories her mother used to tell her about the lake community where she grew up and met Emma s father But while it was one big lake it was like two separate worlds her mother grew up in working class North Lake while her father worked at the yacht club on the prestigious Lake North side When Emma goes to stay with her mother s family for a few weeks one summer it is the first time she has been back to the lake since she was four or five years old Her large family maternal grandmother aunt cousins have never forgotten her but Emma has little memory of any of it Yet the time she spends there the she feels like she belongs the she learns about her mother s life her parents relationship and the stories that she has never heardThe past was always present in its way and you can t help but remember Even if you can t remember at allWhile she was born From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big hearted sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl and falls in love all over the course of a magical summer Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother who died when she was ten But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever with cold clear water and mossy trees at the edgesNow it’s just Emma and her dad and lif.
Ith two names at birth Emma Saylor her mother used to call her Saylor but it s a name she stopped using years ago But she realizes that Saylor is just as much a part of her and since that s the name her new found family calls her she feels a connection to her past that she hadn t before And that bridge between the past and the present is embodied in the relationships she builds with her cousins and the friendship she rekindles with Roo the boy who was her very best friend when they were little and whose spell she can t seem to resist nowIt s hard to be caught between two different worlds especially when there is so much history that transpired which left those you cared about full of hurt and sadness Yet Emma is determined to have the life her father wants to give her while at the same time she doesn t want to lose her connections to her past or the people who were such a special part of it But that won t be easy and others may get hurt in the processI literally was hooked on this book from the very first sentence Even though there were a few instances in which the foreshadowing was a little too obvious and you Dealing with Risk: Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues knew eventually what would transpire in certain situations Dessen captured me completely with this story and these characters Having lost my birth mother at a very young age I identified with some of the characters a great deal and it made the story even poignant and emotionalI love the way Dessen writes Her characters aren t too witty and sophisticated that they seem like caricatures or transplants from a John Green novel And while there might not be a lot of surprises I just felt right at home in the middle of the story And as far as I m concerned you can t ask for than thatSo Dessen fans which one of her books should I read nextSee all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at Not going to lie the sole reason I picked up this audiobook was because Rebecca Soler was the narrator and she s my audiobook ueen However whatept me reading was Sarah Dessens addictive writing style Anything she writes I will fly through My current ranked Sarah Dessen list 1 Just listen 2 Saint anything 3 The rest of the story 4 Along for the ride 5 Once and for all This book was simply uintessential Sarah Dessen If you have enjoyed her other stuff you ll like this If not this might not be your cup of tea Something I always love in her novels is the family They aren t picture perfect but they are realistic Every family has their own issues but that doesn t make them lesser Sarah Dessen does a go If you ll all excuse me I ll be over here being Sarah Dessen trash for my whole entire life This was so very uintessential Sarah Dessen If you like her books I can t imagine you won t like this one If you re not a fan I doubt this would be the one that would make you fall in love It was a fun time but very middle of the road Well this is a weird time to review a Sarah Dessen bookBut if you re here in the hopes of getting a Hot Take on the recent Twitter drama you re in for a sorry surprise Because one I rated this book this way three months ago yes I m three months behind on reviews leave me alone and two if I commented on every piece of drama that occ. E is good if a little predictableuntil Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girlWhen Emma arrives at North Lake she realizes there are actually two very different communities there Her mother grew up in working class North Lake while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort The time Emma spends there the it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well To her father she is.
Urs on book Twitter I d never write a book againMostly because there s a major backlog in the first place but stillI tend to find Sarah Dessen books meh with a few standout exceptions But because I m so critical it threatens to ruin my life this is still auto buy author levels of enthusiasm for meI have a problemSo many problems to be fairAnyway I found this book to be very unrealistic I had a hard time immersing myself in it for so many reasons I couldn t ground myself in the setting I didn t connect with any of the characters it was riddled with tiny errors the romance and friendships felt like they sprung up fully formed to me and the family relationships were so angsty and dramatic that I couldn t believe they existed let alone immerse myself in themBottom line This just wasn t Sarah Dessen s best workNot the first time someone s said that this week Buh dum ch i can always rely on a sarah dessen book being a uick read summery coming of age y centered around a Topical Social Issueeverything else is up in the airthis one didn t work as well of a review to come 25 stars if there s a sarah dessen book i wouldn t read i sure haven t found it yet You can make life or life can make youThe Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen will likely land as one of my favorite reads this year That s a bold statement because we haven t even hit the mid year mark and I ve read over 50 books However as my reading buddies can attest to it hasn t been a good year So thank you Dessen for coming out with a story I can fall right into and feel like I m walking alongside family and friends This is such a great book because Dessen does what she s best at she creates a novel with relatable characters dealing with topical situations exposing their flaws and insecurities and demonstrating their struggles with family friends and life in generalEmma Saylor is on her way to spend a few weeks in North Lake with her estranged family After the death of her mom Emma hasn t been around to see her maternal grandmother aunt or cousins in many years During her time there she becomes reacuainted with Jack Bailey Roo and Trinity The relationships are strained at first because of her time away and the fact that her father who originally comes from Lake North which is the affluent side of town have highlighted how different she is and how sheltered her father has ept her from her mother s past and family During her time at North Lake she uncovers her history and confronts her father with her decision to stay connected with her North Lake family and friends Emma Saylor is definitely one of Dessen s mature and relatable characters She is extremely loyal to her paternal grandmother and father as well as her new step mom I loved the way she handled stressful and new situations especially because there was an under current of some of her struggles with anxiety Emma had a uiet strength about her that I loved so much There were so many secondary characters that added a meaningful layer of how loyalty love and support runs deep and is the ey to what makes solid friendships and a strong family Overall I have to say that I highly recommend The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen especially if you re struggling to find a novel with meaning depth and soul This one was a hit in my opinion. Emma But to her new family she is Saylor the name her mother always called herThen there’s Roo the boy who was her very best friend when she was little Roo holds the ey to her family’s history and slowly he helps her put the pieces together about her past It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as wellFor Saylor it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her But when it’s time to go back home which side of her will win