Once and for All (Hardcover)

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Once and For All is everything Dessen has ever been. Earnest, heart-warming, raw, and endearing. This is a story about the fallibility of thinking in absolutes. Louna loved once, and in the wake of the tragedy that took that love away she thought that was it. One love, one perfect match, one perfect day. No where to go from there. She'd had it, and now it was gone. Black and white, never again, the end. Her journey through another summer of wedding planning with her cynical, yet optimistic mother, and her mom's wry but sincere business partner is a test of healing and a challenge to learn how to open her heart again. Dessen's ability to capture the vulnerability and warmth of adolescence, and the way that a good heart can break, and mend, and falter, and flourish continues to captivate me. Once and For All is a reminder of why I fell in love with Dessen's heart and style over a decade ago, and further proof that I will love her for many, many years to come. 

— Sam Foster, Tattered Cover Book Store


From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning

Is it really better to have loved and lost? Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically. But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged now that he's met the one he really wants. Maybe Louna's second chance is standing right in front of her.

Sarah Dessen's many fans will adore this latest novel, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story with humor, romance, and an ending that is so much more than happily-ever-after.

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is the author of twelve previous novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers Saint Anything, The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal. Dessen's books are frequently chosen for the Teens' Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association, recognizing her significant contribution to young adult literature. Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit Sarah at sarahdessen.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425290330
ISBN-10: 0425290336
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English