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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 teenager reluctantly learns to face forward rather than back in this refreshing, unusually perceptive debut. The winds of change are blowing bitterly around 15-year-old Haven as her parents break up, her father marries a younger woman, her sister Ashley turns into a termagant as her wedding approaches, and her own body becomes a stranger, topping 5' 11'' in a sustained growth spurt. Read full book review >