Books by Sarah Dessen

THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen
Released: June 4, 2013

"Completely engaging, infused with moments of sweetness, humor and major epiphanies. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A high school graduate realizes that having a near-perfect life means not always having the best of everything. Read full book review >
WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2011

"Even though Mclean's path is clear from the get-go, readers will enjoy every minute they spend with her. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Readers can count on Dessen; she's a pro at creating characters caught at a nexus of change, who have broken relationships and who need to make decisions. Read full book review >
ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

"The spark between these two sad teens and the joyful examples of girl connectivity deepen this ostensibly lighthearted, summer-fun story, which offers up complex issues—the residual effects of divorce, acceptance of imperfect parents and lip-gloss feminism. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Auden missed childhood thanks to her parents' divorce, which she navigated with the gravitas of a 30-year-old. Read full book review >
LOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 17, 2008

"Dessen's tone, however, is invitingly non-threatening and will reward patient readers. (Fiction. YA)"
Overlong but easygoing piece about a girl shifting from defensive solitude to connection. Read full book review >
JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Not deep, but absorbing and enjoyable. (Fiction. YA)"
An easily digestible tale about a 17-year-old model who, despite her recent back-to-school clothing commercial, isn't really "[t]he girl who has everything." Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2004

"The plot is too conventional, some secondary characters are stock, the storm that brings everyone together at the end is too handy, but the Wish team is lovable, the romance clicks, and readers will be entertained. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Macy declined Dad's early-morning invitation to jog, changed her mind, and ran out to catch him, only to see him die of a heart attack before her eyes. Read full book review >
THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"Insightful writing, distinctive characters, and a contemporary scene where sex and music rule, compose a melody worth reading. (Fiction. YA)"
Not every high-school senior gets to plan her mother's fifth wedding the week after graduation, but then, not everybody has a mother who is a famous romance novelist either. Read full book review >
DREAMLAND by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Her descent and recovery come in believable stages, and though Rogerson is definitely the villain here, the author gives readers reason to spare a dash (a very small dash) of sympathy for him, too. (Fiction. YA)"
A teenager opts for the bad-choice route out of her "perfect" older sister's shadow in this intense, exhausting tale from the author of Keeping the Moon (1999). Read full book review >
KEEPING THE MOON by Sarah Dessen
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Rich in sharply observed relationships, deftly inserted wisdom, romances ending and beginning, and characters who are not afraid to pick themselves up and try again, Dessen's tale will leave readers thoughtful, amused, reassured—and sorry when it concludes. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Dessen (Someone Like You, 1998, etc.) continues her run of engagingly cast stories about women helping each other through life-altering experiences. Read full book review >
THAT SUMMER by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A worthy theme, but the chief attractions here are the appealing cast and droll humor. (Fiction. 12-15)"
 A teenager reluctantly learns to face forward rather than back in this refreshing, unusually perceptive debut. Read full book review >