The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

by Sarah Dessen

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The Rest of the Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I've read all of her books and this was by far the best since just listen!
Aditi-ATWAMB 14 days ago
I’ve been reading Sarah Dessen since I was twelve years old and, till date, I find something so understated with her writing that I can’t help but falling in love every time. Of course, there are some books I enjoy more than the others, but they are all great reads nonetheless. I wasn’t sure if I should read The Rest of the Story – I haven’t enjoyed her last few books (Once and for All and Saint Anything) as much as I enjoyed the masterpieces that were Just Listen, The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby, but when a trusted book fairy recommended it, and said that she loved it JUST as much as my top three, I knew I had to give this one a chance. The Rest of the Story reminded me of the Sarah Dessen of Old (a little bit of Along for the Ride and a tiny sprinkle of The Truth About Forever) and while I REALLY ENJOYED reading it, I just can’t classify it in the magical range that I would for my top three. THINGS I LIKED: 1. EMMA/ SAYLOR AND THE FAMILY: This really reminded me of The Truth About Forever and the whole family. I loved Emma’s mom’s extended lake family, the familiarity and even the friction between them. 2. THE ROMANCE WAS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE, OKAY? 3. I think Emma/ Saylor’s stepmom was one of the coolest characters in the book. I LOVE that she was supportive of Emma/ Saylor, stepped back when she didn’t need to be the parent in charge and encouraged Emma’s dad to be better. THINGS I WISH HAD BEEN BETTER: 1. I feel like Emma’s mom’s mental health wasn’t dealt with properly. I can’t pinpoint what exactly, but the rep just felt lacking overall. 2. I WASN’T FULLY FEELING THE MAGIC (AND I REALLY REALLY WANTED TO) My Verdict: The Rest of the Story is a one-time read, that ALMOST reached the standard of my favourite Sarah Dessen books, but then, lacked the magic at the end.
Take_Me_AwayPH 7 months ago
Whenever I get a Sarah Dessen book I know that it's summer. And this one is definitely one of my favorites. I loved the family dynamic and the easy way Dessen writes. It was like coming to a really familiar couch and then sitting in the spot that was made for you. Super comfortable and knowing you'll like it before you even sit down. Emma Saylor lives a comfortable life with her and her dad. She doesn't remember much from her deceased mother, but knows enough of the stories she always told about the Lake. And then out of nowhere Emma has to spend time with her family at that same Lake she had heard so much about.She finds out so much about herself and finds out so much more about her family (and herself) that she might not have known before this. The best thing about this was the writing style. Dessen's writing is always so comfortable. I remember the first night I started reading this I sat down and the next thing I knew 2 and a half hours had passed. Every time I picked this book up I kept falling into it and wondering where time had gone. I don't know how Dessen does it. The other thing I liked about this was the characters. Most of them were amazing, but there were others who I wasn't fond of. And I think that's the reason I liked this so much. Having a book where everyone was perfect isn't realistic. The characters were real, they had trouble with communicating, and they were all different. Just like a real family. I also liked the anxiety rep. I have the same driving fears as Emma and I don't think I've read anything else that depicts this. And the straightening things (cleaning for me) was also another sign Saylor was like me. It's funny. I'm older now and can still relate to this teen girl in her teens. The only thing I didn't like about this was the drug mentions. As someone who doesn't care for that in her books (for personal family reasons) I skimmed over those mentions. But that's just me. This may not be a problem for others. The only reason I only finished was because there wasn't much mention of the details on the page. I can deal with that a little. Sarah Dessen books are my welcome to summer. And this one was no different. I felt like I was out on the Lake with them as part of the family. This was the perfect summer kick-off read!
bookwarm101 7 months ago
This is probably one of my favorite of Dessen's books. I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Excellent -hard to put down. A read for all ages
Anonymous 8 months ago
A book for all ages to enjoy. A book about good times and bad times and finally some great times in one extended family. Enjoy!!!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Another great book by Sarah. Holds your attention but also addresses a major topic in today’s society with addiction and those left behind.