After slogging through my last read, I was really looking forward to this sweet little Sarah Dessen that was waiting patiently on my nightstand. Dessen is just the kind of author you like to come home to to after a long day: warm, complex characters, a family-oriented plotline, and delightfully, undistractingly, beautifully thoughtful writing. In short: this was just ...
I read Lock and Key on the recommendation of a friend. This one is hard. Dessen’s writing never disappoints, but I found Lock and Key a little more tough to read, simply because the subject matter was so difficult: abandonment, homelessness, strained family ties, alcoholism and drug use. And yet, amongst all the upsetting, traumatic things going on in this book, Dessen manages to ...
Reading Along for the Ride finally helped me to realize that Dessen's books have a strong mother/daughter conflict theme. It seems appropriate, considering that it's such a universal experience for teenaged girls. I appreciate a) that Dessen doesn't recycle the same characters and crisis each time--in each book, the characters and issues are fresh and interesting, even when read ...