Author: Sarah Dessen
Books read: Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, This Lullaby, and Dreamland.
TBR Pile: That Summer, Keeping the Moon
Total star review:
I first came across Sarah Dessen’s books when I was in high school. Her books were fairly popular among my fellow students at the time. I quickly understood that this author provided me with the opportunity to escape the business of life, even as a high schooler. These books follow real life events, presenting them in the most relate-able ways. You get to know characters similar to yourself and really explore difficult issues.
The first book I ever read by this author is The Truth About Forever. This book……. THIS BOOK is my whole existence. Okay, maybe that’s kind of dramatic, but that is the only way I can even come close to describing how I love it. Whenever someone asks what my favorite book is, this novel pops up in my head immediately. I fell in love with these characters. I remember in high school wanting to be Macy and longing for my Wes. I even wrote a horrible fan-fiction shortly after finishing the book. (It’s actually really embarrassing admitting that aloud. 😛 )
I have read lots and tons of books over the years, but The Truth About Forever has always stuck with me. I remember the plot clearly, I remember the lovely characters, and I’m still entertained by the story-line. The book’s tragic story-line provided insight into an issue I knew not much about, which loss and dying. It was compelling and encouraging.
“It’s all in the view. That’s what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.” – The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
Each of Sarah Dessen’s novels have provided alternative ways about thinking and dealing with hard issues. This is one the most beneficial aspects of her novels – each provide their own strategies to handle life stressors. While The Truth About Forever addressed grief and loss, Just Listen addresses loneliness. A topic that I am quite sure we have all struggled with at one time or another.
Then, of course, is the element of romance that has interweaved it’s way into each book. These male characters are swoon worthy. Each character with their own quirks, own personalities, and own well developed hobbies. I really admired how each character had one quality or skill that really carried along throughout the novel. It was yet another piece that helps the reader identify with the novel.
Long story short, I HIGHLY recommend this author. If you love realistic fictions, chic lit, and romance… Add these books to your TBR pile. THEY MAKE FOR GREAT SUMMER READS.