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From the Publisher

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….)

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Gr 8 Up–Emma Saylor's sheltered life is jostled when her summer plans are canceled last minute and her father scrambles to find her lodging before heading out of the country. With no options left, Emma crashes with Mimi, her maternal grandmother, whom she last saw years earlier at her mother's funeral. Vacationing at Mimi's lakeside motel with unfamiliar family leads Emma to reconnect with relatives who may be the key to discovering how her mom's life, and addiction, impacted the whole family's history as much as her own. Dessen has a vivid way of exploring a character's features, feelings, and flaws that leaves readers wanting more. Emma's a deceptively simple narrator whose complex reality is revealed slowly as she uncovers a new side of her family tree. Emma collects stories of her mom's childhood and her parents' relationship, leading her to reevaluate all the ways a person can love someone. At the same time, her realistic struggle of how she deals with anxiety is undeniably relatable for teens today. Ultimately, it's the budding friendship with local boy Roo that pushes Emma to see that understanding your family's past can make all the difference in accepting the memories and identity of those you hold dear. VERDICT A beautiful addition to Dessen's repertoire, and an examination of conflicting social classes, strained familial relationships, and delightfully evolving romance that is unforgettable.—Emily Walker, Lisle Library District, IL --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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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