Monday, October 9, 2017

Once and For All

I love Sarah Dessen's books. There is something so comforting about settling into a romance set in Colby, NC that has all of Dessen's excellent touches. Her thirteenth novel, Once and For All, follows the classic blueprint for her books, although this one is slightly different. As in her last novel, Dessen seems to be going for a darker tone. I think many of her fans will be disappointed, but I like that she is challenging herself and her readers.

Although she works for her mother's wedding planning company, Louna has given up on love after a tragedy with her first boyfriend. She doesn't want to risk getting hurt again, even when there is an appealing possible boyfriend right in front of her. I wish that I had liked Louna and Ambrose a bit more. Then I would have been rooting for them to get together rather than waiting for the inevitable.

My favorite part of the book was a line from Ambrose, saying, "The bottom line is, all anyone really wants from another person is their attention. It's so easy to give and counts for so much. It's stupid not to do it." That's a beautiful thing to keep in mind as we go through life. I hope that this is a takeaway for teen readers as much as it was for me.

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