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- Print Length: 443 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (June 4, 2019)
- Publication Date: June 4, 2019
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07J511CTD
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Q&A with Sarah Dessen on THE REST OF THE STORY!
Q: This is your 14th YA novel! How has your writing or process changed since book one?
A: Basically, the answer is completely. Back when I was first published, I worked two jobs and had to fit writing in where I could. These days, I’m able to make it a priority. But what has NOT changed is that writing is still challenging, every single day, and I’m always terrified I won’t be able to do it. I’m just as nervous about this book coming out as the first one!
Q: The Rest of the Story takes place in a brand-new fictional town. What went into the decision to create this brand-new setting?
A: I think I was ready for a change. I’ve been doing this for fourteen books, as you said, and over twenty years! It’s good to want to try something new. It’s nice because I can still include my other settings (and I do!) so people can see how everything’s connected. Also in the last few years, my own family began going to White Lake in NC every summer, so I had a lot of inspiration.
Q: Are you at all similar to Emma Saylor? Would you say more or less so than your previous protagonists?
A: I always say there’s little of me in every one of my narrators: there has to be. But Emma Saylor is the first of my girls who has dealt with anxiety, which is something I myself have had issues with since high school. Like me, she deals with it by trying to keep everything neat and tidy. But life just isn’t like that. The. messy parts are often the best ones.
Q: Family plays a huge role in The Rest of the Story. Did you model any characters on members of your own family?
A: I definitely have included traits of the people I love in this book, as well as all the others. I’m more likely to steal a characteristic, though, than model a whole character. People think they want that, to be in a book. But to do that, you have to really emphasize some part of them, and usually they aren’t happy with what you choose. It’s more fun to make most of it up!
Q: What are your “five sentences”?
A: They change daily! But for now: I’m an author and a mom. From North Carolina, the state of my heart. Obsessed with Real Housewives and packaged snack mix. I spend way too much time at Target. Someday, I want to live by the ocean.
Q: What’s one thing you would like to tell fans about The Rest of the Story?
A: This is a story about families, both those we are born into and those we make. And while there’s a new setting, I think you’ll still find a lot of things you recognize. Thanks for making this journey with me. Now dive in! (Okay, that was more than one….)
From School Library Journal
About the Author
Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, including Once and for All, Saint Anything, This Lullaby, The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, and Along for the Ride. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. That Summer and Someone Like You were made into the movie How to Deal. She is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature. A North Carolina native, Sarah currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family. Visit Sarah at www.sarahdessen.com.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This almost-500-page novel takes you on a journey and if you're able to finish it within a day, you'll most likely feel like you've ran a marathon - only mentally. And like all her other books, you take a journey with the main character as she finds out who she is through the characters that come to life. And at the end, you get a feeling of completion and finality. Even with the various characters in the book and several that really didn't make too big of an impact, the important characters stood out and helped add to the story.
There's not much of an overlap with her old books where you see some characters resurface or be mentioned in this one, but you do get the familiar names that have become etched (i.e. [hate] Spinnerbait, Colby). I won't go too much into details, but there were parts of the book where I just started tearing up and reflecting on my own life - the power of words told through the lens of a 17 year old girl. Who would have thought they'd make such a huge impact. And you can really feel the imagery, the characters, the scene visually come to life as you imagine scenarios playing out in your head.
The only disappointment - I wish Dessen wrote out Trinity's pregnancy and the return of the Sergeant. Definitely would have liked to read about him and the baby. I just know that when I delve back into the book for a second (and third and fourth) read, I'll be picking up on little nuances that I hadn't seen during my prior read. Can't wait to reread this book and I'm so happy that this book is reminiscent of the storyline and writing style of her older novels.
Emma Saylor stays with her estranged grandmother Mimi, while her father and stepmother honeymoon overseas. Emma doesn’t recognize her upper-middle class privilege until she meets the working class maternal side of her family in the lakeside community. Despite losing her mother to an unintentional overdose, Emma has no idea how privileged her life is. She has issues with anxiety, though probably not rising to a diagnosable condition. Her same age cousins work for the family motel; at seventeen, Emma has never considered a job.
THE REST OF THE STORY is the gaps in Emma’s knowledge about her mother, why her mom was estranged from family etc. Sarah Dessen has Emma called by her middle name Saylor by Emma’s mother’s family, as if to remind readers father: professional, steady and mother: chaotic, working class. The two names didn’t work for me and felt artificial.
Not much happens for the first 90% of THE REST OF THE STORY. Emma falls into insta-relationships with her family as if no time had passed between the the one time she met her cousins and their friend Roo thirteen years prior. As someone who missed years with cousins who spent time with each other in my absence, I know the transition isn’t insta as if I’d been included all those years. Emma’s cousins have over a decade of memories with each other. The possible romance is just as insta-unrealistic. The summer partying felt like the most authentic part of the story.
THE REST OF THE STORY is mostly an enjoyable, although predictable read. Nothing about the story feels unique or memorable, but as I said in the beginning, it was pleasant enough.
Warning, spoilers to follow.
It really bothered me how many things were unanswered in this book, the closure just didn't feel like closure. The baby wasn't born, the sergeant didn't get back, we don't know what school she got into, or if her and Roo make it, and I get her story is still going and that's part of the point, but it just felt rushed at the end and like some of those could be addressed.
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Our heroine, Emma Saylor didn't have the perfect childhood. She knew next to nothing about her mom and her life. She only remembered the stories she'd tell her. The ones about a lake.
Fate has it, Emma Saylor has the opportunity of learning more about her mom when she has to go and stay with her grandmother and her mom's side of the family, at the lake. It was supposed to be for three weeks and it wasn't supposed to mean anything.
But Emma Saylor fell in love with the lake and she got to know the people, her family, and more about her mom - and dad - than she ever thought she would. Not all of it was pretty - some parts were actually sad - but she took it well.
Now the problem wasn't with the plot itself - though it did feel like it was kind of dragged out. I had issues with Emma's dad. To be honest, I thought he was being a bit of a hypocrite. I don't want to say why, I don't want to possibly spoil it for anyone interested in reading, but I was not a fan of his and really would have liked him to simply fade into the background.
The other characters were pretty great. Still, something from the story was missing. Can't put my finger on it, but I know it wasn't there.
The thing I loved the most about this book was the way it showed different family dynamics. Main character Saylor finds herself in a situation where she has to go and stay with her late mother's family, who she hasn't seen since she was young. I'm lucky enough to have a wonderful, (albeit small) supportive family that mean everything to me, so reading about Saylor reconnecting with this big family that all lived so close and were so involved in each other's lives was really nice.
'Part of grieving is letting go of the past. But how can you let go if you never knew it in the first place?'
The Rest of the Story is the first Sarah Dessen book I've ever finished reading - I stumbled across a sample of it a week before its release, and those few chapters drew me in so much that I instantly went and preordered it. It turned out to be the perfect summer read that the first chapters promised it to be.
It was so easy to read, and the writing style really drew me in. This year really hasn't been a good reading year for me - it's been taking me a long time to get through anything I start, but I flew through this book and didn't ever want to put it down.
The only kind of negative I have was there's a certain relationship in this book that I didn't really see developing - it was mostly told and not shown, and I would've liked to have had a couple more scenes just to show the relationship growing, so it was a bit more believable. But this really wasn't a big issue for me - I liked that the focus of this book was clearly on family.
'She'd been waiting there for me all this time, and now here I was.'
The Rest of the Story was such an enjoyable read! It's got everything a YA contemporary should have - summer sun, a hint of romance, and just a little drama to keep those pages being turned!
- Loss of a parent
- Mentions of alcoholism / drug overdose
She really understands how to write stories with young people, and how to make people of all ages care about it. I’m so glad we all get to keep reading Sarah Dessen books. I once stated I’ll never stop reading YA and as long as Sarah keeps writing I know that’s true
A warm and well written summer romance but with a lot more than just romance. Lots of family drama but not more than it should be. Yes, I kinda expected a little more surprises but nope there weren't many.
If I would've just waited a little while for the summer to read it and it had a little more twists by the end, then it sure was a 5 star book for me. But damn this quarantine, I had to read whatever I could get my hands on.
I would just say keep this one for your summer vacation. Nothing better than a sweet summer romance to read for a bibliophile in their summer holidays.