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Sarah Dessen is the author of seven stunning YA novels: Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key, That Summer, Along for the Ride and The Moon and More. She is a New York Times bestseller and is sold in over 27 different countries around the world. She lives in the countryside in North Carolina, USA, with her daughter, husband, some lizards and two very spoilt dogs - read her once and fall in love. Sarah-Land.com/ sarahdessen.com | @sarahdessen
One of our Books of the Year 2013 July 2013 'New Gen' Book of the Month. A sun drenched and poignant new story from the best-selling US novelist captures one long, last, high school summer vacation for Emaline in her small home town by the sea. Everything is planned for; Emaline will be doing her job, hanging out with friends and, above all, spending time with her boyfriend Luke before they move onto college. But all plans change when Theo, a young student working on a film about a reclusive local artist, arrives. Suddenly Emaline has a lot of choices to make and she has to decide what and who really matter to her. A touching story about growing up and knowing when old loyalties matter most. A Piece of Passion by Gemma Green, Marketing Manager, Penguin Children's Fiction. So why read Sarah’s books over any others in this genre? Easy. She gets it – the characters, settings and plots all feel completely real and a part of your life. The protagonist becomes your best friend, her hopes, dreams and loves become yours – and finishing a Sarah Dessen book leaves you feeling a bit bereft, like the best summer holiday coming to an end. Sarah’s got a huge legion of loyal fans and followers, and it’s easy to see why. As we say here at Penguin, read her once and fall in love. It’s true – try The Moon and More and see what we mean!
A kind-hearted and intuitive account of a young woman dealing with the private issues in her life, chiefly the death of her father. She joins a gang of artistic friends through the Wish catering company and she begins to understand how to live her life properly and happily without suppressing all her emotions. Macy’s journey is one of self-discovery and learning to accept the past. Highly recommended for young adults.
The world is a terrible place not to have a best friend. Scarlett was always the strong one. Halley was always content to follow in her wake. Then Scarlett's boyfriend died, and Scarlett learned that she was pregnant. Now Halley has to find the strength to take the lead and help Scarlett get through it. Because true friendship is a promise you keep forever. ';Dessen has written a powerful, polished story.'School Library Journal, starred review
When her sister runs away from home, Caitlin is left to deal with the emotional fallout. Unable to live up to the idealised view of her missing sister, she withdraws into herself, keeping her life - and her flourishing relationship with Rogerson - a secret even from her best friend. So when Rogerson starts hitting her, she keeps it all inside, her only outlet for her pain a diary, addressed to her missing sister...