Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen.

Once and for All – Viking

He was like that upside-down exclamation point at the beginning of a sentence in Spanish, the mere appearance of which warned of something complicated ahead.
— Chapter 2

So many things we ask for, hope for, prayers put out into a world so wide: there was no way they could all be answered. But you had to keep asking. If you didn’t, nothing even had a chance of coming true.
— Chapter 23



Who doesn’t love a June wedding ... right? The wedding planner if you ask them to pull this off in less than a year. At least if you want a high production thing like apparently all the people in this book. But the nice thing about this is that we get to read all about the hassle and fun of planning said weddings in addition to witnessing two cute teenagers dance around and fall all over each other in the course of it.
If this is your first Sarah Dessen novel (what have you been reading these past years?!), don’t expect this to be a fluffy, glitzy beach read. Sarah Dessen has yet to let me down in delivering a lovable cast of characters and a sweet romance with a profound back story. The same goes for witty banter and amusing misconceptions. The narration is split into a present and a past timeline, which expertly feed into each other. Of course, Sarah Dessen never just has a simple background for her characters but this one? Let’s just say the flash backs alone had me swooning and then very nearly destroyed me. But there’s also the healing part, which I also appreciated for its thoughtful and realistically slow approach in combination with the growing relationship between the two main characters.
I know that the author was worried about this book after being in the business for so long, but this is definitely not her swan song. If anything it’s yet another step up that ladder. To end with another common collocation here: Sky’s the limit.

Contemporary YA isn’t always my brand, apart from a few trusted authors. Have you discovered new contemp authors you’d recommend? Share your findings and teasers in the comments.

7 comments:

Emma Littlefield said...

A new author to me but I will definitely check her out.

My teaser is here

Ms. M. said...

Sound intriguing. My book is not one of humour but was extremely good and more than a little disturbing — The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1xk

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've been eyeing Dessen's books, and thinking that it's about time I picked one up. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SWIMMING LESSONS”

sjhigbee said...

This one sounds really intriguing - thank you for sharing. My read today is the final book in a fab trilogy that I've been waiting for... https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/teaser-tuesday-4th-july-2017/

Laura Thomas said...

A June wedding. This sounds like the perfect summer read:)

My TT from Taking Out The Trailer Trash

Shoshi Hornum said...

I really want to read this one! http://shoshireads.weebly.com/home/teaser-tuesday4566869

Kathy Martin said...

Love the first teaser! I really need to read more Dessen. My teaser this week is from Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann. Happy reading!

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