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Introducing.... Sarah Dessen by Elizabeth, Staff Blogger



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I follow Sarah Dessen on Twitter.  She is my favorite YA author and as stupid as it sounds, it makes me feel like we are friends because I feel I know her from her tweets. Recently she mentioned that she likes to write about nice boys and she commented, “My guy friends weren't perfect, not at all.  But good hearts. I was lucky to have them.”  A light bulb went on in my head.  This is one of the reasons why I like her so much.  Her books are not filled with mean characters but nice, imperfect people who are struggling to make their way in the world- just like you and I.  Her fiction is about real teens, with real problems and real solutions.



What Happened to Goodbye- book cover


She has written 10 books and her latest is

What Happened to Goodbye. 

"Since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move - four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, Mclean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself - whoever that is. Perhaps her neighbor Dave, an academic superstar trying to be just a regular guy, can help her find out. " --From the publisher.


See what she has to say about this book and about the boys she writes about in her novels-

And check out some of her other titles.  I don't think you'll be disappointed!



Staff Blogger


  • The Lie Tree
  • The way he lived
  • A drop of night
  • Thief of lies
  • Defender
  • Character, driven
  • Every young adult's break-up survival guide
  • Hidden gold
  • The heart of stone
  • The last boy and girl in the world
  • The epidemic
  • I see reality
  • Finding Hope
  • Under the Dusty Moon
  • Flawd
  • Dark energy
  • Hot pterodactyl boyfriend
  • Harmony House
  • Burning
  • See no color
  • One of us
  • A tangle of gold
  • It should have been a #GoodDay
  • Beautiful broken things
  • The radiant road
  • Speak a word for freedom
  • When we collided
  • Hit count
  • Fig
  • The beast of Cretacea
  • Essential maps for the lost
  • Queen
  • Exit, pursued by a bear
  • The Raven King
  • Breakaway
  • The forbidden orchid
  • The young adult's guide to public speaking