Sarah Dessen books will always feel like summer and high school to me. She’s absolutely amazing at evoking that feeling of possibility right before college and capturing a single moment. I binge-read all of her books again to get ready for the release of Once and for All this month, so I did a short quiz for you to see which Dessen book you should read next! (And make sure you check out the awesome giveaway at the bottom of this post).
Louna has spent her high school years working at her mother’s successful wedding planning business. She’s seen every sort of wedding: big and lavish, small and intimate, at country clubs or on the beach. She’s dealt with every crisis that can bedevil a wedding—as well as scene-stealing bridesmaids, controlling grooms, bossy mothers-of-the-bride, and even the occasional AWOL bride. Her view of the non-everlasting nature of love has been colored by the cynicism of her mother, who enjoys laying odds on how long each marriage will last. And Louna’s own experience has made her wary: her blissful first love, seen in intermittent flashbacks, ended in tragic loss.
When handsome, charming, scatterbrained Ambrose comes to work for her mother, Louna is indignant at the number of women he juggles; he is appalled by her refusal to socialize at all. They make a bet: Louna will go on a series of dates while Ambrose will attempt a long-term relationship with one woman. But in the end, it is Ambrose himself that Louna falls for—exactly what Ambrose intended!
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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, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association. Sarah lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at sarahdessen.com.
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Which Dessen Book Should You Read Next
This quiz started out as a “which character are you” sort of thing, but I quickly realized that most characters obviously change a lot throughout their stories. I didn’t really want to give away where the stories go, so the result of the quiz is the book description that the character is from:
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