Published by Viking on June 6, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Print ARC
Source: Print ARC
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As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.
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.
I picked up Sarah Dessen’s upcoming book at the Texas Library Association Conference last month. I was lucky enough to grab a copy before all the other librarians snatched them up. I finished reading A Court of Wings and Ruin and needed something totally different. I figured it was about time I start my first Sarah Dessen novel. I’ve been meaning to for the longest but this one drew my eye at the perfect time.
I absolutely loved this book. I could barely stand to put it down. I made my boyfriend leave me alone so I could power through and finish it.
I won’t go too into depth on things because while you figure it out pretty quickly, Louna’s past relationship is best left within the book itself. Just know that I loved that Dessen added that background for Louna. It made the book so much more real and brought a lot of hard issues to mind. Dessen did such a great job establishing the backgrounds of the characters. She really makes you care. I can’t believe I’ve been missing this writer my whole life. I fell in love instantly with the quirky Ambrose. Louna (with her strange name– I feel ya girl) was an interesting character to read. She had a lot of growing to do in this book and I’m so glad I got to take that journey with her. I also really liked Jilly. While I didn’t have little siblings like she does, I totally understood Jilly’s struggle with them. Louna’s Mom and her godfather William were fantastic. I had so much fun reading about them. I want a William in my life.
The whole wedding scene was crazy. I’ve been thinking of weddings a lot recently so it was a lot of fun to read about all the crazy wedding ideas. It definitely solidified my thoughts on keeping it simple (KIS, letters to live by). It was a great backdrop for characters to grow in. Reading this book also made me want to watch a ton of sappy movies. There was one line in it that made me really crave the movie 27 Dresses. I ended up watching it the other night because of this book.
This book was such a great read. I can’t wait to see the finished copy on my library’s shelves. I definitely recommend this book. It has some hard to handle feelings at times, but ultimately it’s meant to make you happy. Like a wedding. I’m a sap and this book was made for saps like me.
5 out of 5 for this one! Thanks for reading my review!