Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Dessen’

The truth about forever

”For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You can never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.”

I have been reading a lot of Sarah Dessen’s books lately. It’s like really light and refreshing summer read. Nothing makes me smile more than a coming-of-age romance, that has genuine heart and plenty of laughs and not to forget ‘Food’.

Macy has to work at boring job in the library while her boyfriend is away at a brain camp. Jason is all she has got, no friends no life apart from him. But when he is gone for summer away from her, she has to look forward to a long, hot and boring summer with out him. Her family is still silently mourning for traumatic loss of Macy’s father. When everything was going plain and slow she gets a part time job at catering service. From then her exciting summer starts. When she meets Wes, a boy with genuine heart- her world spins upside down. Slowly Macy starts to come out of her shell she starts to enjoy the simple things life offers.

Every character was wonderful especially the catering crew was amazing. I highly recommend this book to YA fans, and it is a must read for Sarah Dessen’s fans. My rating 3 out of 5. I was bit bored in the starting but rest was interesting and fast read.

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DreamlandDreamland by Sarah Dessen was different. I’ve read two Dessen books prior to this one, Lock and key and That Summer. I liked how she wrote about teenage problems with mixture of sweet romance and emotions. Her book covers reminds me of happy summer stories.

The book starts with Catlin’s older sister, Cassandra, running away which leaves Caitlin’s family situation in chaos, and also leaves Caitlin to fill her “perfect” sister’s place. Caitlin has always used her sister as a bit of an excuse not to excel or be special, knowing she could not measure up, and, without Cass around, Caitlin doesn’t have any clue who to be. In the absence of Cass, Caitlin’s overprotective mother switches her focus to the remaining daughter and tries to do everything for her which really annoys her. In her continuing search to be her own person and do things Cass never did, Caitlin begins dating a bad boy. If you are thinking that this is another ”Hollywood” type of stories where bad boy has a golden heart and helps Catlin to find herself then you are wrong story has a twist here. He deals drugs, bosses Caitlin around, and completely monopolizes her life and he is possessive in every possible way. The abusive relationship she goes through is something very realistic and emotional. Rather than living her life she lives for him instead.

My rating: 3 out of 5. It a an excellent book about abusive relationship, one of the teenage problems. I strongly feel that people should get out of painful abusive relations. Love can never give you physical pain, love is giving and forgiving. This book explains the dark sides of abusive relation with a bit of romance and lot of emotions. If you are Sarah Dessen fan then its a must read book.

That summer by Sarah Dessen My second Sarah Dessen’s novel ”That summer”, first was ”Lock and key”. I have been reading a lot of YA lately, kind of taking a break from supernatural novels. 

That summer is about 15 year old Heaven and her life changing summer. She has many things going on in her life that summer. Her dad is getting married again, her sister is getting married to her new boyfriend, her mother is planing for Europe tour leaving her behind. It is too much to handle at once. Heaven always thought that her sister’s ex boyfriend Sumner was the best among all guys, her sister dated till now, because when he was there their family was in good terms, everyone was happy and laughing when he was around. This summer she meets Sumner and thinks that he can get back her life into shape. Can Heaven get her happiness back? Will this summer change her life or teach her a lesson?  It is all about Heaven’s life in that summer.

A couple of intriguing characters are introduced but never really developed

1) Gwendolyn, the town’s celebrity, who became a model, and turns up back in town one day looking washed up. Heaven kept comparing herself with this model. Even though there are no striking similarities.

2)Casey, Haven’s rebellious best friend who experiments with smoking and dreams of running off with a boy she met at 4-H camp. She was very lively because all other characters seemed little dull to me.

I noticed something similar in both the books I have read by Sarah Dessen, both are about a young teenage girl who wants to find happiness in her life. Like she is beaten up by bad family problems. Its an average time pass book I found little dry and dull. My ratings are- 2 out of 5

I didn’t read any of Sarah Dessen’s books, so this is the first book I  have read. Its little different kind of story about family. When Ruby’s depressed and alcoholic mother abandons her, Ruby thinks that she can do just fine on her own. But when things start breaking  she is sent to live with the older sister she hasn’t seen in ten years. Cora  left Ruby and their mother behind when she left for college, or just that’s what Ruby thinks. Now Ruby is living with Cora and Cora’s husband, Jamie, in their big house and their neighbor, Nate, is trying to be her friend. But she thinks all these as temporary and she just wants to go away from there. What happens to Ruby? Where is her mother? Why exactly Cora stopped keeping in touch with her?

Jamie is so sweet and kind. I wished to have a  family member like him. Roscoe is cute dog who will make you laugh by his actions. I don’t know about other books but this one didn’t impress me much. But I like the writing style and I will surely pick some more Sarah Dessen’s books.