[BOOKS] ⚦ The Rest of the Story Author Sarah Dessen – Agedanna.info
Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Teralyn MitchellI ve been a big fan of Sarah Dessen for years now so I was happy that I got the chance to read The Rest of the Story and it was the perfect summer read It takes place on a lake in the summer, surrounded by family It s a coming of age story for Emma Saylor who has always been neurotic and cautions about everything and it seemed to escalate after her mother died She never knew her mother s side of the family since she hadn t seen them since she visited for a week when she was four years old When Emma s summer plans fall through, she is whisked back to North Lake It s awkward and Emma feels out of place at first since it seems all of them know of her but she knows nothing about them But slowly as the days turn into weeks, Emma starts to relax She spends her time at her grandmother s helping clean the motel rooms, hanging with her cousins, getting to know the guy who was her best friend when she was a kid, Roo, and learning about her mother and the past that s been closed off to her all these years Emma came into her own as the story progressed and by the end, she had gotten the rest of the story and had her family back.Emma Saylor was wonderfully awkward and neurotic I liked how she d say what she thought most of the time Her relationship with her dad, Nana, and Tracy, her stepmother, was good It was nice that she did not have any problems with her father remarrying She cared for her family and friends She was such a strong character that I could relate to I loved Roo as well He was sweet, considerate, and funny I thought he and Emma were perfect together and their chemistry was immediate and I loved seeing those two together Those scenes were some of my favorite along with Emma and Trinity Trinity could be harsh and complained so much about being pregnant You could not say anything around her in the complaint without her bringing up the fact that she was a house or had been pregnant for a million years She cracked me up and her honesty was refreshing This book had some strong characters even the side characters, because there was nothing minor about them and an amazing plot Bailey was sometimes hard to like because of her obsession with Lake North, the wealthier half of the community, and the people there She was willing to give a jerk the time of day just because of where he came from but not someone who was clearly into her Throughout I wanted her to snap out of it because besides that she was a strong character who became good friends with Emma I adored Gordon, Mimi, Oxford, Jack, Nana, Tracy, Matthew, Ryan, Bridget, April, Taylor, and Vincent The characters made this story feel so real and I loved the family dynamic.I come from a big, close knit family so it s always nice to see this dynamic in stories Dessen did a good job of showing how chaotic being in a big family could be I loved the morning scenes when everyone was waking up and getting ready for work and the day I could relate to those scenes perfectly This story delved into than just family but the importance of knowing where you came from Emma grew up not knowing much about North Lake, her mother s family, or really her mother s childhood Once she made it to North Lake, stories started coming out that helped Emma understand her mother and her mother s addictions By knowing her past and getting to know her family better, Emma was able to feel comfortable in her own skin and her quirks weren t as pronounced She felt better about herself and seeing her journey to get the rest of the story was inspiring and I loved that aspect of this story.The Rest of the Story was an endearing story and the perfect read to kick off summer It was a powerful story about a girl who needed to learn the rest of her story to find out where she belonged This was another top read for me this year and really pulls on the heartstrings the day sarah dessen writes a gay book, my heart will finally be satisfied Emma Saylor Doesn T Remember A Lot About Her Mother, Who Died When She Was Ten 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 EdgesNow 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 Her Grandmother And Cousins She Hasn T Seen Since She Was A Little GirlWhen 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 Time Emma Spends There, The It Starts To Feel Like She Is Divided Into Two People As Well To Her Father, She Is Emma But To Her New Family, She Is Saylor, The Name Her Mother Always Called HerThen 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 WellFor 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 Will Win Out You can make life, or life can make you The Rest of the Story, by Sarah Dessen, will likely land as one of my favorite reads this year That s a bold statement because we haven t even hit the mid year mark, and I ve read over 50 books However, as my reading buddies can attest to, it hasn t been a good year So, thank you Dessen for coming out with a story I can fall right into and feel like I m walking alongside family and friends This is such a great book because Dessen does what she s best at she creates a novel with relatable characters, dealing with topical situations, exposing their flaws and insecurities, and demonstrating their struggles with family, friends and life in general.Emma Saylor is on her way to spend a few weeks in North Lake with her estranged family After the death of her mom, Emma hasn t been around to see her maternal grandmother, aunt or cousins in many years During her time there, she becomes reacquainted with Jack, Bailey, Roo and Trinity The relationships are strained at first because of her time away and the fact that her father, who originally comes from Lake North, which is the affluent side of town, have highlighted how different she is and how sheltered her father has kept her from her mother s past and family During her time at North Lake, she uncovers her history and confronts her father with her decision to stay connected with her North Lake family and friends Emma Saylor is definitely one of Dessen s mature and relatable characters She is extremely loyal to her paternal grandmother and father, as well as, her new step mom I loved the way she handled stressful and new situations, especially because there was an under current of some of her struggles with anxiety Emma had a quiet strength about her that I loved so much There were so many secondary characters that added a meaningful layer of how loyalty, love and support runs deep and is the key to what makes solid friendships and a strong family Overall, I have to say that I highly recommend The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen, especially if you re struggling to find a novel with meaning, depth and soul This one was a hit in my opinion. Because the story can change so much depending on who s telling it. I read my first Sarah Dessen book half my life ago and I still become teenage girl excited every time one comes out Literally nothing makes me feel the way her books do.Side note I ve been reading this while watching Stranger Things and let me tell you my life has not been tonally consistent whatsoever.This is really cute I m really happy that the romance takes a backseat to the important part, family and roots. Probably of a 4 star book overall but I had to bump it up to 5 because it made me so damn happy while I was reading it.Listen, Sarah Dessen is the queen of teen for a reason she writes solid books I ve probably read all of them and while I didn t love all of them, I at least enjoyed them while I was reading.But this one.I don t think I ve liked a Sarah Dessen book this much since I read Lock Key for the first time And it wasn t just because Emma had major anxiety associated with driving and that is the most relatable thing I ve ever read Everything was just so well paced and crafted, the characters were so rich and vibrant and I honestly couldn t pick a favourite out of the bunch no matter how hard you pressed me except that its definitely Gordon It was a quintessential Sarah Dessen summer romance slash characters discovering themselves while on a lake book and it just checked all my boxes.The verdict is I will be Sarah Dessen trash until the day I die, thanks for coming to my ted talk My second book by Sarah Dessen and yet another 3 star rating I think, if anything, I ll only pick another book of hers if I have absolutely nothing else to read that, or if I m on the beach somewhere Her books are that sort warm and cozy, sometimes a little dull, nostalgic, and common The Rest of the Story follows Emma Saylor who goes by both Emma and Saylor Emma is her back home and Saylor is her on the lake It s a big thing in the story, given nearly every chapter she s asking herself if she is Emma or Saylor I could relate to her name flip flopping since I do the same thing myself I m constantly picking new names to go by, given I have a long name that allows for so many nicknames Katherine Elizabeth Theresa.And while I found Emma Saylor relatable, I also thought there was nothing unique about her Typically, the main character has something unique about them, but I couldn t tell you what Emma Saylor s unique trait was Maybe it s that she was an overall good person But then there are so many characters like that I wish there d been something different to her character.Roo, the romantic interest, which is clear right from the start and from the back of the book , is decent as well Again He s really nice, like Emma Saylor They both have the same humor and were friends from years before They almost feel a little too similar Either way, I thought their relationship was fine It wasn t the most exciting thing I ve read, but I enjoyed it.I wish there was something I could say about this book something that really stuck out to me however, this book is simply, well, a simple read I d recommend it to younger audiences who need to get out of a reading slump or are looking for a cozy vacation read Review to come This was so very quintessential Sarah Dessen If you like her books, I can t imagine you won t like this one If you re not a fan, I doubt this would be the one that would make you fall in love It was a fun time, but very middle of the road. 6 30 19 Wow My very first DNF of a Dessen book I never thought I d live to see the day There wasn t anything bad about this book that turned me off it was just very, very, VERY did I mention very slow paced If you are looking for something fun, fast paced and excited, this is not the book for you If, however, you want something that is heavily character oriented and takes its time building up to the action, you will probably love this This is the kind of book that you have to be in the mood for I guess I couldn t really make myself care about any of the characters I do think that the love interest Roo was absolutely adorable though As a fellow gap toothed bitch, I love seeing a fellow gappie lol A shame but I ll be returned this one to the library unfinished Maybe I ll get back to it one day when I want a real slow to unfold story The Queen of YA contemporaries has a new book coming out You bet I m gonna read it.