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Ammy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:10 am    Post subject: Sarah Dessen Reply with quote

I seriously cannot believe I haven't mentioned any of her books on SA yet! She is an amazing author, and she has a wonderful style of writing. It's almost lyrical.

Her novels are very powerful, and I finished them all within the space of a few days. Very gripping stories. I think Just Listen deserves a special mention. It's one of very few YA novels out there that deals with the issue of rape, and Sarah manages to strike the perfect balance between reflection on the event and not overdoing the subject to a point where people may object to it (because there are quite a few prickly people out there who oppose books for every which thing). The story has a few similarities to Speak, in that the main character becomes a outcast of sorts in the school community, but Just Listen delves into so much more.

Seriously. Read her books. I promise you will not regret it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sarah Dessen is amazing. She manages to write books with no sci-fi/fantasy element that are usually pretty on the romancey side of things that don't bore my eyes right out of my head. She's twisted in a happy way, if that makes any sense?

My favorites are Dreamland and This Lullaby. I haven't had a chance to read Just Listen yet. My cousin and I trade her books back and forth during the summer. I think I liked This Lullaby so much because I could SEE everybody and everything that happened; even the song actually had music in my head. That's a pretty powerful thing for a writer to do.

ditto Ammy's thoughts. read her!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh man. I just finished reading Dreamland.
Putting all the intense emotions I'm experiencing aside, I'm so glad an author decided to tackle this topic. Does that make me twisted?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just re-read This Lullaby through the night and into the early hours of the morning. And, just... gosh. I really love this book. It's kind of scary, because Remy reminds me a lot of me (with the breaking up and stuff. it's so stupid and complicated and ugh.) and I feel a little squirmish reading it. But I can't stop reading, which is testament to Sarah Dessen's amazing writing abilities.

There's always a few scenes that stick with me when I read this book. The scene where Remy and Dexter break up is one. For some reason, the line where Dexter shouts "What is your problem?" at Remy has permanently embedded itself in my mind. It comes to mind almost immediately when I think of this book.

And the scene where Remy buys plasticware for the Truth Squad, and Dexter starts saying she loves him. The scene where Don reduces Dexter to a silent person for a few seconds. When Dexter jumps through Remy's window. It's just odd that these particular scenes stick with me. heh.

Okay, well, I'm off to go do things again. Wheeeeee.
Also, love Dexter. hehehe. How awesome is he?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JUST LISTEN: Nice writing from Sarah, but overall... lacking. Typical teen book. 6/10

DREAMLAND: This book was absolutely horrible. Didn't care for the pathetic narrator/lead-character one bit. 3/10

LOCK&KEY: Apart from getting it at $8, this book realy drew me in. Sarah's no Cathy Cassidy, but this is definitely her at her best. Maybe she should stick away from traumatic teens and try to write more... happier novels. 8/10
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