Today I recommend: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Popular young adult novelist Sarah Dessen’s 13th novel features family, friendship, summertime memories, and the chaotic reality of the wedding industry. Seventeen-year-old Louna is looking forward to leaving for school in the fall, but her best friend, Jilly, is determined that they “make memories” this summer. Louna’s mother, Natalie, is a hippie-turned-wedding planner – and major cynic – who works with her daughter and her best friend and business partner, William. Through a series of flashback chapters, readers learn of Louna’s first love, Ethan, and how they met at a wedding, and its tragic end. But the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna’s mind and give her a second chance at love. Dessen convincingly portrays the range of emotions that Louna experiences: love, heartbreak, grief, cynicism, longing, and admiration for her mother, as well as the changes in the characters and their relationships. If you are looking for a summer romance to savor during the frosty days of autumn, try Once and for All!

You can find this book in the Young Adult section at YA DESSENdessen

 

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