I didn’t care for reading much until middle school; I think it was seventh grade when I really started to read. The first book I remember reading a novel in its entirety was Dreamland by Sarah Dessen: I remember thinking what a cool title that was, and how I wanted to know what it was about, so I went ahead and read it. After that, I became such a bookworm. I took a break from Sarah to read the Twilight saga, the book that everyone was talking about at the time. After I finished those, I read every one of Sarah’s books that had been in my school library besides Dreamland. I remember going for Just Listen right after I finished the Twilight saga, and it became my favorite book.
(It’s still my favorite book of hers—Gatsby took me by storm.)
During my college years, I rarely ever read anything that wasn’t WordPress or BuzzFeed articles, but after I came back home, I tried to get back into it. I didn’t get into reading nearly as much as I did in my teenaged years, but it kept me busy. I’ve read a couple biographies, self-help books, non-fictions. It was a new thing for me, not reading YA fiction. I kind of liked it: it made me feel more grown up.
But then I heard early this year that Sarah was releasing a new book at the beginning of June. Yes, the same Sarah that got me to start reading in the first place. The same Sarah that had me fall in love with different characters twelve times over, in every one of her books.
I needed that book.
One and for All was finally released on June 6, and I had it in my possession only two days later. I mentioned last week how excited I was to start reading it, and the fact of the matter is that I finished it two nights ago, and I have yet to mention anything about it to anyone. t keep my mouth shut any longer.
The plot of the story is described on Sarah’s website as this:
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. Sarah Dessen’s many fans will adore this latest novel, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story with humor, romance, and an ending that is so much more than happily-ever-after.
So basically the story follows Louna, a seventeen-year-old girl, during the summer between high school and college. Every summer, she works for her Mom and godfather-who-is-basically-her-father-but-really-not, who are a wedding planning team. She meets Ambrose through a client of theirs, who also happens to be the boy’s mother. In order to keep him out of trouble and out of her hair, Ambrose’s mother asks Louna’s mother, Natalie, to let him work for their team. Natalie obliges—anything to make the client happy—much to Louna’s dismay, after her first couple of encounters with Ambrose.
We watch Louna and Ambrose’s relationship blossom, although losing her first love is keeping Louna from making any moves. A boy that she met the previous summer, Ethan, was everything that Louna wanted and more. He was—long story short—perfect for her. But only a couple of months after they met, he was killed in a school shooting—leaving Louna completely heartbroken.
So we basically get to see Ambrose open her closed-off, stubborn heart, as she shows him that commitment is better than he assumes. It’s a little cliché, but I don’t even care, because it was just so good; I was completely captivated from beginning to end. I clearly can’t tell the story like the author can, so this is me, telling you to read the book. I literally don’t even care that I spoiled a big part of the plot.
(Even though I really need to get in contact with Sarah and ask her how the hell does she come up with the names of these characters.) (I basically think this same exact thought every time I read another book of hers.)
Prompt: Tell us about the last book you read (why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?). To go further, write a post based on the subject matter.