Review: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

 
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AUTHOR: Sarah Dessen GENRE: Contemporary, Romance PUBLISHER: Viking Books for Young Readers PAGES: 358 Release Date: June 6, 2017 BUY: AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

 

SUMMARY

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.


MY THOUGHTS:

Warning this is more of a fangirl rather than a review. 

For years I have been such a huuuge Sarah Dessen fan but I will admit that her two previous books were not my favorite. So when I saw she had a new book out I was a little hesitant to pick it up. After much debate I decided to give it a go and I'm so happy I did!

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WHAT I LOVED:

  • Natalie and William: Louna's Mom, Natalie, and her best friend William were hilarious! They had me cracking up throughout the novel. Reading the interactions between the three of them was my favorite part. The mom and best friend kind of remind me of a nicer version of Karen and Jack from Will and Grace. 
  • Ambrose: Sarah Dessen always writes such great love interests. Ambrose is no different. He's goofy and funny and reminded me a bit of Dexter from This Lullaby. He seemed a little arrogant at first but as the story evolves we see more of his playful side and it was a nice contrast to Louna's serious personality. The shenanigans he gets into were hilarious, for instance breaking the tape measure or scheduling two dates at once. 
  • The Setting: I really liked that the story was set in the world of wedding planning. I love weddings! I think they're so magical and I love all the design aspects of it. So reading a story set in that world was great. Reading about the dilemmas they had as wedding planners was funny and I really enjoyed it. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's the perfect light summer read. The characters were funny and intriguing and were my favorite part of the whole book. I wish this would be made into a movie because I know I would love it. It makes me want to go back and reread all her other books. 

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