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Ever since middle school, when I first checked out books at my local library, I instantly fell for tales of romance and falling in love. I’d seen the women in my family absorbed by romantic stories over the years, eyes fluttering at certain pages and finishing entire novels in one day. As soon as I got my hands on my very first book about that special someone who could change your life forever, I fell in love. And the talented YA author Sarah Dessen was a huge part of my romantic tween awakening.
Chances are, you’ve read one or two of Dessen’s novels (and couldn’t get enough of them!). Dessen’s novels have been loved for nearly two decades for their poignant stories of self-discovery and hopeless romanticism. Most recently, one of her classics Along for the Ride has been adapted as a Netflix motion picture starring Emma Pasarow, Belmont Cameli, Kate Bosworth, and Andie MacDowell.
So, before the film hits Netflix on May 6, maybe it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and pick up a few more of Dessens’s novels for a low price. From some of her first books to her most recent one that came out in 2020, it’s time to fall in love with Dessen’s stories all over again.
Check out these fan-beloved Sarah Dessen novels for less than $15 on Amazon below!
‘Along For The Ride’
Along For the Ride‘s Auden feels so out of place wherever she goes. She thought going to Colby to see her father and stepmom would help her be someone new, but she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac. Soon, her summer in Colby becomes a summer she’ll never forget.
The film adaptation of Along For The Ride will be released on May 6, 2022, on Netflix.
‘The Rest Of The Story’
The Rest Of The Story follows a girl named Emma Saylor whose predictable life turns upside down when she arrives at North Lake. She grew up hearing stories about her deceased mother and how much she loved North Lake, but when she gets there, she realizes her parents were star-crossed lovers, her mother on the working-class side of town and her father from the wealthier side. She also meets Roo, a childhood best friend who tells her everything about her family’s past, and now, she has to pick: Who is she really? Is she Emma or what her mother wanted to originally call her, Saylor?
‘The Truth About Forever’
The Truth About Forever follows the story of a girl named Macy who thought she had everything planned. But after meeting a boy named Wes and taking a catering job, she realizes that sometimes, the unexpected is what you really need.
Saint Anything follows Sydney and her older brother Peyton, who was the king of the family until he was involved in a drunk driving episode that put him in jail. While her family is concerned with Peyton, Sydney wants to see if the real victim, the boy Peyton hit, is okay. She befriends the eccentric family of the injured boy and learns more about herself along the way.
‘Lock and Key’
One of Sarah Dessen’s most well-known novels, Lock and Key, is based around Ruby: your typical good girl on a path to a brighter future. On the way, though, she’s trying to learn to open up to people around her, including the cute boy who lives next door. Can she open up her heart to the people she cares about most, or is she doomed to keep her loved ones at arm’s length?
In This Lullaby, Remy knows everything she wants to do in her life, especially in relationships. Her number one golden rule is to never date a musician — but then she meets Dexter. Soon, she’s starting to understand what all those sappy love songs are about.
‘Someone Like You’
Someone Like You follows the story of a 16-year-old girl named Halley and her strong friend Scarlett whose lives turn upside down in an instant. Scarlett’s longtime boyfriend passes away soon after she finds out she’s pregnant with his child: suddenly alone, she turns to Halley and they find their friendship tested like never before.
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