Book Review: Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

My favorite book by Sarah Dessen is Keeping the Moon (1999). Nicole Sparks used to be friendless and overweight. But even after her weight loss, mostly brought about by her mother’s recent success as a famous fitness instructor, Colie's still friendless, and bullied at school by false, vicious rumors. When her mother leaves to promote … Continue reading Book Review: Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Book Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

That Summer is about a very tall fifteen-year-old girl named Haven, who is self-conscious about her height. The novel begins as Haven’s dad remarries. Her formerly wild older sister, Ashley, is also getting married to a straight-laced fellow at the end of the summer. The story revolves around the dramas of Haven’s dysfunctional family, and … Continue reading Book Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Book Review: Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Someone Like You (1998) is narrated by Halley, a sixteen-year-old girl just trying to find herself under the stifling confines of her overprotective mother. When Halley’s best friend, Scarlett, discovers she's pregnant - and the baby’s father has died in a motorcycle accident - Halley is beside Scarlett every step of the way. While Scarlett navigates her choices from abortion to adoption, Halley … Continue reading Book Review: Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Book Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen is a teen novel published in 2008. The main character is the redheaded Ruby. Keeping up with what seems to be the theme with Dessen’s main characters, Ruby's not interested in making friends or being dependent on anyone else. The proverbial lock in the title refers to Ruby’s heart. After … Continue reading Book Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Book Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen is the charming story of high school senior, Mclean. Mclean’s life was her family, her family’s restaurant, and basketball… until their restaurant went under. Then, her mother cheated on her father with his favorite basketball team’s coach, and got pregnant. With twins. Needless to say, her parents suffered a bitter … Continue reading Book Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen