Book Review: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Book Review: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen is a book that I had high hopes for this one, and I can safely say that I was not let down. This book tells the story of a wedding planner’s daughter and contains a main character who is a real thinker. There are many flashbacks throughout the book, which add a lot of anticipation. Once and for All is a cutesy yet serious book that I am sure will appeal to everyone.

Book Review: Once and for All by Sarah DessenTitle: Once and For All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Also by this author: Saint Anything
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

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.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Book Review: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

One of the main things that drew me to this book is the originality. The main character is the daughter of a wedding planner, but doesn’t believe in true love herself. I found all the behind-the-scenes wedding aspects to be so fascinating, and I learned that I would never be able to handle the stress of a job like this. The plot thickens as an arrogant rich boy is recruited to work for the wedding company, and I loved the comedic conversations he and the main character have. The way that the staff always predict how long the newlyweds’ marriage will last was also very entertaining. This book is cute and amusing, perfect for the beach.

❀ Complex Character

Louna is a character with such a complex backstory that I wasn’t expecting when the book first began. She is so developed, and I really enjoyed how she is always up for a challenge. Louna is respectful, hardworking, and a great problem-solver, which comes in handy when brides freak out. I found her character to be the perfect narrator for a book like this, and she brought a lot of heart to the book.

❀ Suspenseful

I really enjoyed the use of flashbacks in this book. It’s kind of hard to describe without spoiling, but the bit of suspense added to the story really gripped me. This book is a bit slow-paced, so it takes a while to get to the big reveal, so it does kind of lose its thunder. However, I still liked being transported back to Louna’s past for an explanation of her actions.

❀ An adorable contemporary

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen is an adorable contemporary with wedding planning aspects and a logical main character. I loved the use of flashbacks and the suspense that came with them. Whether you are a new or longtime Dessen fan, this book will not disappoint!

About Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association.  Sarah lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.

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13 thoughts on “Book Review: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

  1. Angela says:

    Great review! I’ve never read anything by Sarah Dessen before, but I am fascinated by the wedding industry and this just sounds so sweet. And I like that the characters are well-developed!

  2. itsareaderslife says:

    Oh my goodness you don’t understand how much I love Sarah Dessen! I’m her biggest fan. This is the first review I’ve seen for Once and For All and it’s made me even more excited to read it. Great review😊 what other Dessen books have you read?

    • Candid Cover says:

      I have read The Truth About Forever and Saint Anything so far. I have a LOT of catching up to do and I hope to read a few more of her books this summer. I hope that you enjoy this one! 🙂

      • itsareaderslife says:

        The Truth About Forever is my favourite of hers. I also really love Just Listen and Last Chance has a close place in my heart because it was the first of her books I read. I can’t wait to read this one😊

  3. ravenblake99 says:

    Nice Review! I haven’t read any of Sarah Dessen’s books but this sounds like a cute read! I’m glad you loved it! I might give this a chance! 🙂

  4. Zaira F says:

    I’ve been a long time fan of Sarah Dessen and I believe the only ones I haven’t read yet is this and her other latest release. I’m looking forward to reading this one though because I love the concept of characters getting to work at weddings <3 Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Uhunoma Aguebor says:

    I love Sarah Dessen! I’ve been reading her books since I was in middle school, so this review makes me super excited to read this book! 🙂

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