Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Book Addict Dares You To Read: Sarah Dessen
I love having the opportunity to challenge people to read books that I personally found compelling or interesting or just all out fun. But I want to know what you think? Have you read the book? Did it stick with you? If so, why? If not, why? _________________________________________________
My blogging buddy, Jen, repeatedly recommended Sarah Dessen books to me--and I would put them on my TBR list and there they would stay. Then I finally sat down and read one and I was in love. Her characters are flawed, human, relate-able, cute, fun--anything that positive you can say about a character. Her stories are engaging, believable, and all around fun to read. In short, she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Here are links to the reviews for her books that I have written so far:
The Truth About Forever
What Happened To Goodbye
And here is the review for my latest Sarah Dessen read:
Genre: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Siblings, Family
Order Online: Amazon.com
Author Info: Website | Goodreads
Rating: 4 stars
Borrowed this book from the library.
In A Nutshell:
Sarah Dessen masterly tells a difficult story with an optimistic tone--so rather than feeling overwhelmed at the end. I felt hopeful and happy with the world as the story ended, but I wanted more. I wanted the ending to stretch out a little longer.
Lock and Key may not be my favorite Sarah Dessen novel but I still loved it. The story centers around two teens who have no where to go--or at least feel like they have no where to go.
Ruby had been taking care of herself ever since her mother disappeared. She is going to high school by day, working her mother's delivery job by night, and dealing with the electric company, the lack of running water, and the housekeeping in her spare time. But what else can she do? There is no one else in the world who cares about her, right?
Then we learn Nate's tale of abandonment on the part of his mother after she started a new family with her new husband. It may not have been too bad except his father is abusive and using Nate as free labor in his errand running business. There is no one in the world who cares about him, right?
There is a balance between empathizing with the teens and wishing they could see the options to get help around them because there are people who are willing to and want to help them. Part of the time, I wanted to call out to Ruby and Nate--tell them to accept the help available to them. But more than that, I was heart broken because there should not be a need for teens to be worried about not feeling loved, cared for, appreciated, and safe. That should be a given for them.
While the basic storyline tugged at my heart, I commend Sarah Dessen's ability to handled the complicated and emotional story with finesse. The focus is not on the sad elements--the focus is on the hopeful elements. Throughout the story, I was optimistic. I always had the feeling that it was going to turn out well. I was happy.
And my favorite part was that Sarah Dessen brought back glimpses of some of my favorite characters from her other books--Annabel on the radio or Kristy and Bert at the mall. It almost makes me want to re-read my first Sarah Dessen to see if I recognize some of my favorite characters embedded in the story: