As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.
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.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.
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Once And For All is a beautiful book about second chances, the many forms of love, and life. Louna Barrett & Ambrose Little are characters that I instantly want to revisit.
Louna Barrett is looking forward to a easy summer. She's preparing for college in the fall, and spending the last summer working for her mother and godfather at where they run a sucessful wedding planing bussiness. But the summer might not be so easy when she has her best friend, pushing her to make it a epic one, before they head to college. Her best friend, Jilly, wants her to embrace the dating life and get back out there. But Louna isn't so sure she's ready for that. She's still dealing with a past relationship, one she finds hard to talk about.
One thing that is sure making her summer interesting, and she can't decided if its in a good or bad way yet, is the tall, handsome, a little unique, and just a lot to take in, Ambrose Little. He's a loud, says what he wants, pain in her side. And now he'll be working next to her all summer. But Louna finds her self fascinated, with the way Ambrose lives. He just lives his life, does not care what anyone thinks, and does everything with a smile. Maybe the epic summer of memories isn't such a far off idea for Louna. If only the past, didn't make her so nervous of the future.
Amazing characters. Silly, loving, strong and real. While reading Louna & Ambrose's story, I felt like I've know them forever. Louna is a sweet and simple, girl. She grew, healed, and found something special in her epic summer before college. Ambrose was a very different, but total lovable, goofy, sweet character. I couldn't get enough of him. Not only did I love Louna and Ambrose, like with all Sarah Dessen's Novels, I was fascinated by each one of the side characters in this book. Each one brings something special to this fantastic story.
Each time I open the pages to a new Sarah Dessen novel, I find myself instantly hooked. Captivated by the flawless storytelling, each unique and lovable character, and a story that is sure to stay with me. Sarah Dessen's writing has held my attention for years. I have been reading her work since I was fourteen, and twelve years later, I still get so excited to dive into her books. I am drawn into her stories and I don't want to leave. I fall in love with each book. Every time.
After reading and falling in love with this book, and shedding a few tears, I will hands down recommend everyone read this book. All Sarah Dessen books. She is a great voice for all generations. She makes you reminisce about first crush's and love. See the dynamics of all kinds of families, friendships and relationships. Touches on real, scary and sad things that happen in our world. And shows the hope everyone has, for love, life, happiness and second chances.
Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.
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