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Rest of the Story
Rest of the Story | Sarah Dessen
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn't seen since she was a little girl--and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer.Emma Saylor doesn't remember a lot about her mother, who died when Emma was twelve. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.Now it's just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable...until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother's family that she hasn't seen since she was a little girl.When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is also divided into two people. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.Then there's Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family's history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It's hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake--and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo's spell as well.For Saylor, it's like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it's time to go back home, which side of her--Emma or Saylor--will win out?
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Megabooks
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Sarah Dessen is definitely a #notsofavoriteauthor for cherry picking a two year old quote from a grad student at an obscure school and using her platform to turn a lot of people against this poor woman. Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner were particularly egregious at heaping on the mean. I hope they realize someday that #kindnessisbest 😞

Given what Dessen did, this apology is very lame.

#gratefulreads #namastenovember

Skeebies05 I was so sad to see some of the people dog piling on. IE Roxane Gay :( and Jennifer Weiner equating it MeToo!! 🙄🙄 2w
Eggs Yes yes yes just be kind - it‘s not that hard to do 🥰😍 2w
Megabooks @Skeebies05 I feel like Roxane‘s apology was the best, and Ng and Picoult using hers because they couldn‘t write a better one?? You‘re writers! 🙄🙄🙄 the whole situation was an exercise is women acting in a way they said they wouldn‘t act. People can not like your books. It doesn‘t mean they have “internalized misogyny.” It May mean they just don‘t like your writing and that‘s okay. I don‘t like Dessen, et al‘s shitty attitude/behavior. 2w
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Megabooks @Eggs Exactly. On social media I try to err on the side of kindness. I am not perfect, but I try not to be rude, catty, or mean. I just went through a major depression in 2017 and 18 so I realize how important that is. (And I‘m sorry for anything weird I said on Litsy those years. It was so bad that I have huge gaps in my memory.) 💙💙💙 2w
Eggs @Megabooks I don‘t recall anything too weird; I just remember you were struggling. I‘ve been there too (with depression) and when younger my filters were sometimes nonexistent 😳🤯 🙄... Growing older and modern meds have changed me. I‘m happy for you that you‘re feeling better❤️❤️ 2w
Megabooks @Eggs It was horrible to a factor of 10 worse than in my 20s when I first started seeing a psychiatrist. I‘m doing better with changed meds and weekly appointments, but it‘s so hard. I lost a job I loved because of it. I just didn‘t ever think it would be that bad for me which is conceited. The whole experience has given me more empathy and made me much more humble. 2w
MicheleinPhilly That whole shitshow reminded me why I gave up Twitter in the first place. 🐑 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I missed it 🤷🏼‍♀️ What did Jodi do? 2w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly I‘m rarely on it, but I keep an account to read things like this first hand. 2w
MicheleinPhilly I still have an account and did go back to read it firsthand after I heard about it. The only reason I won‘t delete my account outright is because Ellen follows me. 😂 2w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sarah Dessen found a two year old article that quoted a grad student saying she got involved in her (small, very small) college‘s first year reading programs selection board because she didn‘t want Dessen‘s novel chose. Sarah cut off here, but the student instead wanted to pick some nonfiction about racism in the criminal justice system. First, it was one reader‘s personal opinion, second Dessen cut out the part about 👇🏻 2w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks that did get picked. So then a lot of writers including Picoult, Weiner, Gay, Vivian, Han, Angie Thomas, Silvera, Ng, Sepyts, Jemisin etc. heaped abuse on this student personally and publicly. It was sad and disappointing. Some have apologized, some haven‘t. I thought Jodi said some of the worst things and made a terrible apology. Jemisin hasn‘t apologized though, and she was very mean. The girl they attacked is in hiding. 2w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s just a sad situation that so many authors would turn into Regina George from Mean Girls. 2w
brittanythebookdragon I just read some of the articles and Dessen originally said something like we put our hearts and souls into our work. And like...exactly. You chose to do that and you chose to put it out there. Expect the criticism. Surely this isn‘t the first time someone hasn‘t liked her books. I‘m not sure why this group of grown women decided to gang up on this girl. 2w
AnansiGirl Wow did you see Northern State U‘s apology to Dessen? People are lambasting them for throwing the student under the bus. 2w
Eggs @Megabooks I understand the severity—it affected my job and relationships with others. I am sending hugs and zen thoughts to you 💗💗 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks omg!!!! That‘s awful!!! 2w
OriginalCyn620 Wow 😳 2w
Megabooks @brittanythebookdragon Right? I mean I‘m sure there are negative reviews on some books on amazon, goodreads, etc. Why did she pick out this one girl in a tiny South Dakota paper?? And why was everyone else so eager to attack?? 2w
Megabooks @AnansiGirl Yes, I thought they were horrible for not supporting their student!! 2w
Megabooks @Eggs Thank you so much! It‘s sad how many people can relate. I felt like coming public after a blogger I follow on Instagram did. I really appreciate how supportive you are and your kind soul. 💕💕 2w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 it was terrible seeing so many adult women act so immature and mean. Some were downright vicious. 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Clearly it means we‘re best friends. 😉 2w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Ellen is a national treasure! Never. Delete. Your. Account! 2w
Eggs You‘re welcome. I try to treat others the way that I wish to be treated. My circumstances and missteps have humbled me...❤️❤️ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly clearly!! Besties for sure!! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks Sher is the sweetest 💗💗💗💗 2w
CoverToCoverGirl How awful! 😢 2w
Megabooks @CoverToCoverGirl I just found it so disappointing. So many authors, so much negativity. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl I was completely oblivious until I saw your post, but what occurred is very, very disappointing and quite shocking! As authors they should understand the power of words. 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you for sharing this! I had no idea! This is so heartbreaking...These authors are supposed to be inspiring, walk the talk and practice what they preach. To see Picoult, See, and Gay's names here, authors whom I look up to, as some of the 'bullies', is so disheartening 😭 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Sorry not 'See'. Gah thought I saw her name. This is what happens when one types half awake. I wanna say Angie Thomas. Not See. Also why did the Uni have to apologize? I don't see the reason! 2w
Megabooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz Right! I‘m not a fan of Weiner‘s writing, but she went so far as to compare a student not liking Dessen‘s writing to Larry Nasser???? The whole thing was just awful. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just googled this!! I was totally unaware!! 2w
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LazyLibrary
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Curious about everyone‘s thoughts on Sarah Dessen leading a social media mob against a college grad student who voiced an opinion on her books. Personally?? I thought it was awful. Turned my stomach to watch her and other ya authors attack someone with such foul language and hatred. I won‘t be reading her for a while, that‘s for sure.

LazyLibrary I‘m not much for getting personal on listy, Bc this is my happy book place, but with social media taking over life, and people are able to hide behind screens, I think we‘ve forgotten basic kindergarten manners. Not everyone will like what you like, respect other people‘s opinions, BE NICE 3w
Laughterhp This is the first I‘ve heard of it..I thought Sarah Dessen was a nice person from what I‘ve seen, but who knows. That‘s too bad she felt the need to attack someone for not liking her book. 3w
LazyLibrary @Laughterhp It wasn‘t that the student criticized Dessens work. She just felt it shouldn‘t be included in the common read program at her university. Plus, the student‘s quotes were from an article that was published in 2017. Poor girl probably was blindsided by the onslaught. But a lot of well known...(in my case, loved) ya authors took part in some serious online bullying. Of course all deleted now! I did see Dessen apologized (kinda) tho 3w
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ErinAyin
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Sarah Dessen never disappoints me.

Emma Saylor only remembers stories told by her mother of the lake but now she will be spending three weeks with a family she doesn‘t remember while her dad is on his honeymoon.

Although this book isn‘t life changing it‘s still a great story about growing up and realizing your life story is still being written. So who you are at this moment may be different in the next.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BriannaT
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In this story, Emma Saylor explores the half of her family left behind after her mother died of addiction. She discovers a lot about her family history and learns about herself as well. I thought this story could go a little deeper, but it was still a nice read.

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Lindsbooklover93
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Hi everyone! I finished a cute and sweet summer book. This book was about Emma spending the summer her family from her mom's side. She hasn't seen them since she was 4 years old. It's really read a book about the character getting closer with her family.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A girl ends up spending a few weeks with a grandmother she hasn‘t seen since she was a small kid, cousins she doesn‘t remember, and old/new friends. She learns about her mother and herself.

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chlolovesbooks
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💙💙💙💙💙 Another great Dessen book! #SarahDessen

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Gillyreads
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Put a dent in my tbr this month

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mandi1082
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Emma Saylor's dad just got remarried and plans to leave on a honeymoon. Emma hasn't seen her mom side of the family since she was a small child. The death of her mother from an overdose has left the 2 families separated. When Emma has nowhere else to stay plans are made to stay with her ml mothers side of the family. Emma finds herself on an adventure of getting to know her family and finding out more about her mom then she ever knew.

mandi1082 I liked the summer setting perfect for this time if year. The characters were wonderful and fun and all so different. I enjoyed this read but wanted more from Roo and Emma getting together. I wanted more of the story of them together. 4mo
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Jojo990
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I will start off saying this is not my normal reading as I‘m more of a mystery girl but was reading this for our local book club. I liked the book it was light summer read with some twists. I enjoyed the family dynamic and premise of this book. I would recommend if you are looking for that great beach read.

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hes7
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A feel-good summer story about a perspective-changing trip to the lake, discovering family and the past, and of course, a cute romance.

Book 5 of #24b4Monday ✔️

Andrew65 5 books! 👏👏👏🙌 A great achievement. 🎊🎉 4mo
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book_princessBritt
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Late start to #24in48 . First book up, finishing the last 50 pages to this perfect summer read.

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TheQuietQuill
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I think today is a good day to stay inside and read...for anyone out in the excessive heat, stay safe! Also, my little 7 month old is fighting an ear infection and has been on antibiotics for the third day now and he still seems to be tugging at his ear and his ear seems hot. I really hope the infection goes away soon because we leave next sat for vacay! Any tips for infant ear infections anyone?

Hestapleton So not a doctor or a mom BUT my hubby just had a double ear infection. And the dr said he should feel better within 24 hours. If he still seems in pain on day 3, it never hurts to give the pediatrician a call! A sick baby on vacation = not fun. :( Hope he feels better soon! 5mo
TheQuietQuill @Hestapleton thanks and yeah I think I‘m going to give them a call and just tell them that he still seems uncomfortable. Maybe they‘ll tell me to give the antibiotics time but I feel like his symptoms should be subsiding at least somewhat. Thanks for the response and hope your hubby feels better! 5mo
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book_princessBritt
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Silent Book Club in Raleigh this time! Enjoying these bookish nerdy events!

monalyisha Tasty-looking beer! 5mo
chlolovesbooks So excited to read this? 5mo
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AshleyKorinE
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Dessen has this uncanny ability to gut me and then put me back to pieces just with words. I grew up with her stories, fell in love with her characters, glad to see her worlds mesh and this book is no different. Emma Saylor hurt my heart but I knew that ending would just make me happy, and I was right. Roo is adorable and just the best lake kid every. I want a whole other book just with these characters, I want more of their story!

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sheffner
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June was a busy month. I was promoted from part time to full time at my current branch and have been adjusting to my new schedule.

Favorite this month- The Rest of the Story.

1 ebook
2 physical books
2 booked2019 prompts
1 library book
1 physical TBR (on shelf)
3 Goodreads TBR

The Sandcastle Empire-⭐⭐⭐

Hearts Unbroken-⭐⭐⭐

The Rest of the Story -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#monthlywrapup

#junewrapup

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sheffner
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The Rest of the Story was love at first chapter. I can safely say this is my 2nd favorite Sarah Dessen book.

I found myself relating to Emma so much and we had quite a bit in common--reading the obituaries, an addicted parent, and anxiety about driving.

Roo and Emma‘s relationship was a slow burn, but so worth the journey. Roo is one of my favorite book boyfriends-he was so full of life and joy, even with everything in his past.

BookHoarder32 Moving this up the tbr list 👍 5mo
sheffner I hope it‘s a good read for you, too. 😊 5mo
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vlgrantham
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Vacation reading in the Azores!

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 5mo
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Cailey_Mac
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I‘ve been pretty stressed the last two weeks (work related DRAMA) which has taken a toll on my reading as most days I was just a ball of anxiety & could only keep busy doing physical things, like walking, cleaning, reorganizing etc. I feel like I‘m just starting to calm down from it all,& I‘m immersed in this fun summery novel at the lake😎🌊 the nostalgia is real with this, as I used to spend summer days at my grandparents cottage by the lake📖😌

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Gillyreads
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June book haul. In my defence it was my birthday this month

Bindrosbookshelf Are you participating in the Room For a Stranger bookclub with Text Publishing? 5mo
Gillyreads @Bindrosbookshelf I‘m thinking about it but I don‘t really use Facebook 5mo
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JamieLou
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Awww you guys this book was so cute! It‘s my first Sarah Dessen and I really enjoyed it.

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IheartYA
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⭐⭐⭐ A book in classic Dessen fashion. A quick, emotional and cute YA novel.

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JamieLou
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My husband is addicted to Super Smash Bros, which means we spend a lot of time at his friends‘ house so he can play. Lucky for me that means lots of reading time. Starting this interesting tale.

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sheffner
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Leftover pesto pasta and the new Sarah Dessen= a perfect, quiet lunch break.

#lunchandabook #newbooks

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BookHoarder32
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My #preorder incentive tote bag showed up in time for my vacation next week. 😎🌴

That-Bookish-Hiker That‘s awesome! I hope my comes soon. 6mo
CaramelLunacy I had no idea there was a new Sarah Dessen! 6mo
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Cailey_Mac
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Nothing like an early Tuesday lunch with some tea and a good book after fasting for 16 hours 😌 (don‘t worry I broke my fast with a delicious salad) #books #tbr #yay

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GondorGirl
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I happened to be in town when this was happening... I've read a few of her books, but don't consider myself a real fan (though who knows after tonight!). I can't resist a bookish event! 😁

#Literatti #AnnArbor

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Lovesbooks87
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I haven't read very many Sarah Dessen books but I would have to say this was my favorite of the ones that I have read. Emma Saylor has had a lot of tragedy in her life. When her dad goes on his honeymoon and the plans she had falls through she goes and spends time with her mom's side of the family that she doesn't really know. I really enjoyed seeing her get to know her family and realize that she wanted them in her life. Sad to see the book end!

Melissa_J Glad that you enjoyed it. I just got a copy in the mail, and have never read any of Dessen‘s books. 6mo
Laughterhp Yes! I loved this book! But I‘m a huge fan of Sarah Dessen and think I‘ve read all her books! 6mo
Lovesbooks87 @Laughterhp I am going to have to great her other books! 6mo
Laughterhp My favorites are This Lullaby, The Truth About forever and Just Listen (if you haven‘t read those ones yet!) 6mo
Lovesbooks87 @Laughterhp I don't think I have read any of those. I will have to check them out. Thanks! (edited) 6mo
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Laughterhp
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My hubby got so mad at me because I just wanted to sit there and finish my book. 😂

I love Sarah Dessen. I love the way she writes. I had to put myself in the right mindset to read this book. I don‘t read a lot of contemporary YA.

But I love how Sarah writes conversations. No OMG and slang etc. you know what I mean? They have actual convos. I know that‘s how people talk, but that‘s not how I like to read.

#FridayNightRead

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eliseinwonderland
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A new Sarah Dessen novel means summer is here ☀️ I‘m not big into YA anymore, but ever since I was a teenager I‘ve been reading Dessen‘s novels, and as long as she keeps writing, I‘ll keep reading. I might have to break my reading hiatus for this one #TheRestOfTheStory #SarahDessen #YA

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BookHoarder32
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No biggie, just signed, special edition, favorite author #bookmail ! 💃🕺

Reviewsbylola Awesome! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 6mo
BookHoarder32 Funny story -> I have two of these because one is signed and one is the BN edition with an epilogue full of the Saint Anything characters. Super excited that BN was offering a signed SE this time -> (edited) 6mo
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JamieLou
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So I might have pre-ordered this book on a total whim because I got an email telling me it would come with a beach bag. 🙈 Even though I follow Sarah Dessen on Twitter and enjoy her personality, I‘ve never read one of her books. Here‘s hoping it‘s amazing. And that my beach bag comes soon!

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audrianaocrain
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I started this book yesterday, and now that I‘ve finished it, I can safely say that Sarah Dessen just gets better and better. This book gave me every emotion imaginable—I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I threw the book at my couch, and then I cried again. Emma Saylor‘s story grabbed hold of my heart and refused to let go, and with characters like Roo, Bailey, Trinity, Mimi, and so many others, I know I‘ll be screaming about this book for a WHILE.

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Texreader
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Oh y‘all my niece just posted the sweetest remark to me on Instagram and I know my Litsy family will understand how much this means! I never knew how I influenced her. She‘s 30 now in another city but I was a constant presence in her young years when I lived in the same neighborhood as my sister. ❤️🤗

julesG That's so sweet. 😍 6mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 6mo
Reggie That‘s so nice! 6mo
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kspenmoll How wonderful! 6mo
LeahBergen Awww! 😍😍 6mo
4thhouseontheleft So sweet! 💜💜 6mo
Jas16 That is fabulous 6mo
mrp27 💕💕💕 6mo
Bookzombie 💗💗💗 6mo
Texreader @julesG @trishb @reggie @kspenmoll @leahbergen @4thhouseontheleft @jas16 @mrp27 @Bookzombie Thanks everyone for your sweet responses! This was awfully special 6mo
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Laughterhp
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Finally! I‘ve been impatiently waiting all day for my Amazon preorder to come in the mail! It wasn‘t delivered until 530!!

I‘m definitely diving into this one tonight! 💚💚💚

#bookmail #newbook

BookHoarder32 Ooo new Dessen ❤️ 6mo
Lovesbooks87 I have still waiting on mine to show up! 6mo
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Missusb
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Man, it‘s been a busy start back to term 2. Here finally are my reading stats for April. #readingstats #grchallenge #april2019

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ReadingSusan
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Was there anything I needed more in April of 2019 than a new Sarah Dessen book? No! The ultimate in comfort reads! I love all her books so much and this one is so good. I love the lakeside setting. I love the family! This book is delightful and made me so happy. If you are a Dessen fan you will love this one.

398.2 Cute kitty! 8mo
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Laughterhp
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For any Sarah Dessen fans out there!

I preordered on March 11! And just submitted a picture of my Amazon order for the book-themed beach tote!

I can‘t wait to read this book!

https://go.epicreads.com/therestofthestory/

#preorders #sarahdessen #therestofthestory #epicreads #giveaways

hes7 Ooh, nice! Thanks for sharing! I‘ll have to go enter now. 8mo
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