I am a self confessed geek and bookworm. My endeavour is to make my way through Sarah Dessen’s eight books chapter by chapter and post my musings on them. I had intended to call this ‘Sarah Dessen is a Goddess” but it sounded a little too predictable so I went straight to alliteration with ‘Sarah Dessen is a Deity’. Sure the alliteration worked but who would actually want to go to a site called that? They might think I was retelling the gospel according to Sarah. Since I am diarising my adventures in reading I went with the boring opinion for which I apologise.
Just to start though – Who is Sarah Dessen?
Sarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing. She is the author of several novels, including Someone Like You and Just Listen . A motion picture based on her first two books, entitled How to Deal, was released in 2003. Her eighth book, Lock and Key, will be published in April 2008. She lives in North Carolina.
Dessen is the author of eight books that have been categorised as Young Adult Literature (a label I despise, a good book is a good book!). In ten years she has had eight novels published-
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
The Truth About Forever
Lock and Key
The question you may be asking is – Who am I?
Well my name is Adele and I am a teacher, reader and lately…podcaster. I have found myself recently enjoying novels intended for “young adults”. I am currently in my mid-late 20’s and was convinced I was going to be Louise M. Alcott or L.M. Montgomery when I was older. I could even imagine myself burrowed in some darkened attic like Jo scribbling away at some monumentally brilliant piece of writing, complete with dorky hat fitted to my head. Alas my dreams of writing have been tucked away and I have instead decided to focus on my other love – reading books. Sarah Dessen is an author I kind of fell into via my Mandy Moore adoration. (What can I say, I love the girl). I loved the movie How To Deal but felt like there was something missing. It was only months later having realised it was a meshing of two novels’ characters, settings and events into one screenplay, that I realise why it felt a little off.
The aim of this blog:
- To read all eight of Sarah Dessen’s novels.
- To write my reactions, deductions and connections to each chapter as I go.
- To find links between the novels.
- To bring more readers into the Sarah Dessen light.
- To share my enjoyment of good literature.
- To have other readers share their own perspectives, opinions and questions regarding each novel.
- To discuss Sarah Dessen’s blogs.