Sarah Dessen Appreciation Post

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite young adult/teen/romance authors right now. Her simple writing style, eye for impeccable detail, ability to tug at our heartstrings (without being too corny!), and the way she writes about such remarkable characters with ordinary lives… she’s just my favorite. I feel like I’ve grown up on her books, because her subjects, young as they are, seem to mature with her.  The Truth About Forever was written by her a few years back and is probably one of my most favorite books ever. &I just finished her most recent release, The Moon and More, about a small-town girl with big dreams. (Shoutout to my local Barnes & Noble, for always providing the books I want to read, without me actually having to buy them! Heh)

My review? Eh, it wasn’t my favorite. But it was still extremely relatable to MLATCM (my-life-at-the-current-moment), as all Dessen books that I read usually are (with the exception of one), which is why I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Aside from the fact that it took practically the whole summer to read, lol. But I honestly loved it. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

“Life is long. Just because you don’t get your chance right when you want or expect it doesn’t mean it won’t come. Fate doesn’t punch a time clock or consult a schedule.”

“The truth was, there was no way everything could be the Best. Sometimes, when it came to events and people, it had to be okay to just be.”

“We were willing to do so much for the people we loved, even if it meant hurting ourselves. Maybe that, in the end, was what love- all kinds- was really about.”

“The mistakes you make now count. Not for everything, and not forever. But they do matter, and they shape you.If you take nothing else from what I’ve been through, at least remember this: make your choices well. Because you’ll always be accountable for them. That’s what being an adult is all about.”

“When you’ve never gotten love from someone, you don’t know what it might look like if it ever does appear. You look for it in everything: any bright light overhead could be a star.”

“But the bottom line is that, as humans, we are by nature selfish creatures. The only way we care about anything, really, is by making it about us.”

“How weird that must be, to stay the same as everyone else changes.”

“The thing is, you can’t always have the best of everything. Because for a life to be real, you need it all: good and bad, beach and concrete, the familiar and the unknown, big talkers and small towns. Otherwise, how could I have all these things and still be so close to my own Best After Ever?” (p. 435)

So, here’s to you, Dessen. For being one of my favorite authors through the years, and always inspiring me about what kind of writer I want to be. Thanks for connecting with me; the small-town girl with the big hopes and dreams, heart too big for her own good. And for somehow being able to capture every emotion, back-thought, and feeling-we-never-knew-existed, and expressing it into words we somehow cannot say. (Only the best writers do.)

-ae

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