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Sarah Dessen


Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing. She is the author of several novels, including SOMEONE LIKE YOU, JUST LISTEN and ALONG FOR THE RIDE. A motion picture based on her first two books, entitled How to Deal, was released in 2003. Her 11th novel, THE MOON AND MORE, was published in June 2013. She lives in North Carolina.

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Sarah Dessen

Books by Sarah Dessen

by Sarah Dessen - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Loss, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Is it really better to have loved and lost?  Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically.  But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged now that he's met the one he really wants. Maybe Louna's second chance is standing right in front of her.

by Sarah Dessen - Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Sydney has always felt invisible. She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.

by Sarah Dessen - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, during the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

by Sarah Dessen - Fiction

Since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been on the move. Estranged from her mother, 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. But now, for the first time, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself --- whoever that is.

by Sarah Dessen - Fiction

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.

by Sarah Dessen - Fiction

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return. That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in 10 years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking website around. A luxurious house, a fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future --- it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

by Sarah Dessen - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Expect the unexpected. Macy’s got her whole summer carefully planned. But her plans didn’t include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn’t include Wes. But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.

by Sarah Dessen - Fiction

Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Though their friendship may be tested by the strain, like a true friendship, it will endure.

by Sarah Dessen

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, where she's spending the summer with her eccentric aunt. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Café and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie come to see herself in a new way.