Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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It wasn’t until I was almost done with this book that I realized I was enjoying it. Starting out, it didn’t seem all that original. Sydney’s mother is similar to Macy’s mother in “The Truth About Forever,” and the major plot (superstar older brother breaking the law, yet parents in denial of it being the son’s fault) reminded me of Carolyn Mackler’s “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things.”

However, I did find myself filled with rage when it came to Sydney’s mother, and I had to remind myself that I shouldn’t throw my phone against the wall (since that’s how I was reading the book). And any book that can provoke such a strong emotion is definitely a book worth reading.

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Meeting Sarah Dessen

sarahdessenOn April 19, 2013, I had the opportunity to meet Sarah Dessen during a promotional book tour.  Dessen’s latest book, “What Happened to Goodbye?” was recently released in paperback, and her next book, “The Moon and More,” comes out next month.  Dessen did a short reading from “The Moon and More,” then opened the floor to questions. I cannot remember what all was asked, and I’m sure what I do remember can be found on her website or elsewhere online, but I was pleased to learn that “This Lullaby” was one of her favorite books to write and that she had started to write a sequel but decided against it. “This Lullaby” is and has always been my favorite of her books, so when I got to talk to her I begged her to finish that sequel. I’m sure she won’t, but I have wanted to try my hand at fan fic, so there we go. I was also very excited when she pronounced my name correctly (Rachelle rhymes with Michelle, but I get called Rachel way too often) and told her so.  Yes, I am dorky, but whatever. I’ve been a fan of Dessen since I read, “Keeping the Moon” in 2003. It took me 10 years to finally meet one of my all-time favorite writers!