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"Dessen’s expertise at creating a character faced with change is once again on display in this book that reminds readers that love is measured ‘not in minutes but in moments.’” —VOYA
"Romance, humor, kindhearted characters, and a touch of painful reality make this another sure bet for Dessen fans." —Kirkus Review
"There is no question that this title will be popular with Dessen fans and romance lovers." —School Library Journal
Praise for Sarah Dessen's writing:
"Is there anyone who can write about what matters most to teens as well as Dessen can? I sincerely doubt it." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling novelist of Leaving Time and My Sister’s Keeper
"Sarah Dessen is something of a rock star in young adult fiction. Her bestselling coming-of-age novels are warmly written explorations of teens in transition that are, by turns, questioning, humorous and hopeful." —Los Angeles Times
★ "Dessen is as skilled as ever at turning out steady, satisfying stories about teens that are easy to fall for." —Publishers Weekly, starred review for The Moon and More
"Readers can count of Dessen; she's a pro at creating characters caught at a nexus of change, who have broken relationships and who need to make decisions . . . Readers will enjoy every minute they spend with her." —Kirkus Reviews on What Happened to Goodbye
"Realistic teen dialogue, authentic girl friendships, and a complex underlying question: Can people really change?" —Kirkus Reviews on Along for the Ride
"Good story, real characters, happy ending . . . another must-read." —VOYA on Lock and Key
"The romance which forms the core of the story is everything a romance should be." —Horn Book on Just Listen
From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B01LXKMKQK
- Publisher : Viking Books for Young Readers (June 6, 2017)
- Publication date : June 6, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2146 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 363 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #261,651 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I loved the back story and I thought she did a great job getting us to fall in love with Louna and Ethan. I enjoyed most of the characters.
But: Everything was wrapped up too quickly and neatly but at the same time she didn't give me enough time to fall in love with Louna and Ambrose together. They finally coupling felt messy and forced. This could very well be my least favorite Dessen book, which is a bummer.
Louna is, to me, a haunted character. She's got some issues that she hasn't really dealt with and that she doesn't actually talk about with others. She focuses on her work with her mom in the wedding planning business, but she isn't someone who actually believes in love. You get glimpses of her past relationship and hints about what happened to her boyfriend, but you don't get the full story until the end of the book. It's sad and Louna's behavior makes sense, but it also doesn't...if that makes sense.
I liked Ambrose a lot as a character. He's goofy and weird, and seriously flirtatious. He tries so hard to be nice to Louna but she's just kind of mean, so it was strange when she realized her feelings for him. It was also a little confusing when he admits his feelings because there just wasn't a lot of instances that the two of them...felt things? I'm not sure, but I just didn't get a lot of swoony moments from these two so I wasn't sure how it all happened.
I liked the story well enough and the ending was sweet. I'll always buy/read Dessen's words because she does them so well. The supporting characters are always well-rounded and fit perfectly into the story. This time it was the main character who didn't do it for me.
Maybe next time.
My favorite thing about Sarah Dessen is the way her secondary and even tertiary characters are fleshed out. She brings life and background to everyone in her books, except this one. We learn virtually nothing about Ambrose and are given no indication why he would be good for Louna. He flirts with tons of girls, is hard to work with, but never goes beyond that to find a balance with his good side. We're never shown or given a good side. He feels like a bad version of Morris from Saint Anything. His sister, Bee, would have been an excellent candidate for exploring as well, but we don't get any sense of who she is either. I understand the focus on Ethan, but it comes at the expense of understanding Louna further.
I love Sarah Dessen (Saint Anything was lovely and I highly recommend it above Once And For All), but this book is a disappointing outlier.
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Ambrose, the irritating, impulsive, serial dating, clear love interest who’s introduced near the start of the book, could easily be a character that I could hate – and indeed lots of reviews I’ve seen have him pegged as far from an interesting character, more like a headwrecker. But actually I found him quite enjoyable, as he’s not a bad character – he’s just more impulsive than many of the love interests in Sarah Dessen books. Still, this departure from the norm was fun, as Ambrose was kind of more exciting than some other love interests in YA contemporaries I’ve read.
I think I was biased towards this book because it’s set mostly around weddings, and I really love weddings, so I was predisposed to like this. But as well as that, it had all of the Dessen hallmarks of a summer, a romance, a friendship, family ties, and a degree of self-discovery which lets the protagonist discover things about herself that she might not have known before.
I was left with a few questions at the end of this book, though. Mostly about Jilly. What was the deal with her having to look after her four siblings all the time? I understand that there’s a bit of give and take in families, and being one of the younger siblings in my own family, I’ve never had to do this, but Jilly seems to spend her entire summer being a nanny to four children who she obviously loves, but gets no benefit out of?
Well, I guess she gets the benefit of her parents making enough money to house and clothe her, but I have to wonder exactly what her parents are intending on doing right after the book ends, when Jilly goes away to college and they suddenly have serious childcare issues.
Also, I felt like the end of the book was quite rushed. There were two time skips in the last twenty pages, and I thought they interrupted the flow of the book – unfortunately, this was the point where the book resolved itself, and I was left very, very slightly dissatisfied with how quickly it was handled. Although it was obvious which way it was going to go, it could have had a bit more exposition behind it.
Also, I felt pretty bad for Ben. Sucks to be him.
All in all, though, I did very much enjoy this. I am very much a fan of Dessen’s work, and will continue to read whatever she produces, but this one doesn’t make the top five of Dessen books, for sure. I wavered between three and four stars, and eventually settled on four, because weddings (seriously, I love weddings) but it was a close-run thing.
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Where do I begin? This books was one of my favourite reads in 2017. It was the first Sarah Dessen book I’ve read.
• This books was light and fluffy at the start. Then BOOM! the unexpected comes.
• Now... the writing style. Wow just wow. The style in which Sarah Dessen has written in makes it very easy to follow the plot and also makes you not want to put the book down. I read this book in 1 and a half days which is a very big achievement for me. It kinda says something.
• The plot of this book was what stayed with me a lot. I really felt connected to Louna in a way (having have to go through the grieving process myself). Reading this beautiful book made my heart hurt in a way I never thought it would hurt again.
• I really loved how the characters communicated with each other especially Natalie (Louna's mum) and William. It added such a warm and fuzzy feeling to the whole story.
• Overall I give this book 5/5 stars. Really enjoyed the plot, the writing style and characters
I could not put my Kindle down. I loved all of the characters and the story had the ability to break your heart. Louna is a strong and independent woman who is recovering from something bad (I don't want to give too much away). The way she views the world is both refreshing and real. There are two beautiful love stories in this book, they don't compete against one another but sit side by side as different as salt and pepper.
Read this. You won't regret it. You will laugh, you will cry and you will fall in love with the characters.