Sarah Dessen’s books have been a huge part of my life, so I’ve been all sorts of nostalgic during Penguin’s #ReadADessen campaign to get ready for the June release of Once and For All.

I wanted to do some sort of ranking of my favorites, but let’s be honest… I love them all. So instead I’m just going to throw a few reasons out there why you should try a Sarah Dessen book ASAP and then highlight one of my favorites! (Thank you to Penguin for sending me a finished copy of Keeping the Moon).

Why I Love Dessen Books:

  1. The stories are relatable and the characters totally feel like realistic teens.
  3. All of her books take place in the same locations, so familiar characters and references from other stories keep showing up.
  4. She tackles serious issues like abusive relationships, body image, sexual assault, self-esteem, honesty, and toxic friendships really well.
  5. The plots are all different, but they do follow a sort of formula that just feels like a Dessen book after awhile (in the best possible way… like it feels like an old friend).
  7. There’s a sense of hope & new beginnings throughout all of the struggles the characters face.

Keeping the Moon

SYNOPSIS: Colie expects the worst when she’s sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. 

But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.


I absolutely love the wonderful friendships Colie makes and all of the strong, vivid characters. Plus, the beach town of Colby is probably my favorite Sarah Dessen location ever. I get so excited whenever it shows up in each book.

This was one of the first Dessen books I ever read and I thought the overall story was pretty inspirational with how Colie accepts herself and finds a place where she belongs. All of the women supporting each other was really great to see, too. This one’s a short read, so maybe it’s a good place to start!


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