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So you want to read a Sarah Dessen book?

If you’ve never read a Sarah Dessen book before, it’s time to start. She’s a master of contemporary fiction with female leads. Her books have been nominated for the Teens’ Top Ten list several times. Check out this interview from 2012 when What Happened to Goodbye? landed in the top ten.

 

You could of course read them in order of publication date. There is something to be said for reading them in order as some of the characters are referenced in later books.

Order of Publication:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

But it’s not necessary to read them in order. Summer is the perfect time to read Sarah Dessen’s books because most of them take place during the summer. The books are set in two different towns, Colby and Lakeview. You could read them based on setting.

Colby:
Along for the Ride
Keeping the Moon
The Moon and More

Lakeview:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
What Happened to Goodbye
Saint Anything

Of course you can read them in a random order. If that’s the case and you’re not sure where to start, check out this list to find your answer. (This list has a hint of the book’s subject)

To Read about:
1. Music, read Just Listen
2. Giving up a stuffy library job for chaos in the kitchen, read The Truth About Forever
3. Reinventing yourself, read What Happened to Goodbye
4. Experiencing moments you wish you had in your childhood, read Along for the Ride
5. Falling for your BFFs brother, read Saint Anything
6. The summer before college, read The Moon and More
7. A reluctant Cinderella, read Lock and Key
8. Breaking all your dating rules, read This Lullaby
9. Getting out from your sister’s shadow, read Dreamland
10. Seeing yourself in a new light, read Keeping the Moon
11. Role reversal in your relationship with your best friend, Someone Like You
12. Seeing the past differently, That Summer

Happy Reading!

~ Jennifer Rummel, currently reading Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

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