Sarah Dessen's novels, except Dreamland and her most recent. I liked them all, but some are more special than others to me. Tuesday I talked about Just Listen. After Just Listen, The Truth about Forever is the Dessen novel I enjoyed most. I loved everyone in this story, including Delia, the scatterbrained pregnant owner of Wish Catering, who offers Macy a summer job, and mumbling, insecure Monica. While Macy is dealing (or not dealing) with the death of her father, fellow catering employee Wes helps her live again with an ongoing game of Truth with someone who understands grief. I love books with quirky, but lovable characters -- and this one had plenty. Though it deals with some deep issues, overall The Truth about Forever is an easy, enjoyable read. I certainly can't read books like Code Name Verity every day.
I also thoroughly enjoyed Dessen's Along for the Ride. Recent graduate Auden reluctantly spends the summer with her estranged father, new stepmom and their newborn baby. I love the unusual family dynamics and the tender bonds that form. Her summer at the beach also brings a boy, of course. Fellow insomniacs, Auden and Eli, develop a special relationship as they share the nighttime together, hanging out in bowing alleys, laundromats and convenience stores. There's also a bike shop; for some reason I love that.
This Lullaby is slighter darker in feel, but I love the odd relationship between hardened Remy and persistent Dexter. He inserts himself into her life and slowly wins her over with his quirky tenacity.
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