Published – June 6th 2017
Genre – Young Adult
Summary – Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
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It’s Sarah Dessen. It’s on my summer reading list. Therefore, I was picking this one up.
I’m definitely not in the same place in my life as I was when I first fell in love with Sarah Dessen. Teen experiences is her forte. Two years ago I reviewed Saint Anything, which I think appealed for a bit older / mature audience than Once and for All.
That being said, I did enjoy this for what it was. Sarah Dessen is a great writer of this genre.
I did enjoy getting to know all the characters. But the mom and her business partner William were probably the best part of this book!
Overall, I love how Dessen wrote the family dynamic. The backstory was revealed in all the right places. However I felt I didn’t connect with Ambrois as much as I wanted to. I can’t put my finger on why that is.
No spoilers here, but was anybody else like, ‘what?’ at the end. That was kinda a bummer what she did. Sorry.
One last note about Once and for All: Did you know Dessen almost didn’t write this book? At SarahDessen.com/book/once-and-for-all, Dessen explains how she thought she was done after Saint Anything. However, two babysitters were planning wedding. She started thinking about her wedding and it snowballed from there. (This can probably explain why Louna’s mom is a strong character.)
Your good summer, young adult read.
What did you think? Did you connect with Ambrois?