The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn't seen since she was a little girl--and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer.

Emma Saylor doesn't remember a lot about her mother, who died when Emma was twelve. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it's just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable...until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother's family that she hasn't seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is also divided into two people. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there's Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family's history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It's hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake--and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo's spell as well.

For Saylor, it's like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it's time to go back home, which side of her--Emma or Saylor--will win out?

Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062933621
Branch Call Number: YA DESSEN S
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 24, 2019

Sarah Dessen wrote one of my all-time favorite YA books (Along for the Ride) and quickly became a favorite author. Her consistent stories often focus on realistic parent/child relationships along with sweet and swoony romance. They may not all be the 5-star read that I had with AftR, but they're always compelling and highly developed.

The Rest of the Story was another terrific book with a class-divided lake resort as its backdrop. The characters and interactions felt real from the sarcastic, bickering teens to the family that regularly yells as their form of communication. I found myself smiling as only-child Emma had to navigate this foreign environment full of family she didn't remember. Familial relationships were a driving force within the story, but the slow-burn romance between Emma and Roo kept me equally invested. This author handled family, tragedy, humor, and romance with ease and delivered another winning story.

Jun 05, 2019

Another A+ from seasoned and master summer storyteller, Sarah Dessen. She has a particular knack for creating such vibrant yet ordinary families that rope you in and wrap you up-- whether you feel like they're eerily similar to your own family, or she's created the family you wish you had. The Rest of the Story is a bittersweet yet heartwarming vacation (both in the book and from real life) of rekindled bonds, uncovering mystery, sweet first love, and growing up.


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