Once and For All - Sarah Dessen | ARC Review

Book Details:

Pages: 358
Format: Paperback
Publication: Viking Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House Canada)

Release Date: June 6, 2017
How I got the copy: Indigo Books & Music
Rating: 3/5 

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.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by Indigo Books & Music Inc. for the exchange of an honest review*


It took me a few chapters to get into Once and For All, it's more tragic than any of Sarah Dessen's other books, that I can recall and I felt the beginning had a lot of information about her mother and her mother's life before the birth of the main character, Louna, which I thought slowed the beginning of the story down but once I got into it I enjoyed it. It's what you'd expect from a Sarah Dessen book.

This book revolves around the wedding industry from the point of view of Louna working for her mother, who owns a wedding planning company, during her summer vacation. There's obviously a love interest but Louna's complicated past with love interferes.

I felt Once and For All didn't have the cutest love moments compared to Sarah Dessen's other books but the closer we got to the end the more adorable the romance got and that's what I love from Sarah Dessen's book. I love her adorable young adult romance.

I found Louna's mysterious first love predictable, I figured out what happened with her last boyfriend quite early into the book. I figured the end of the relationship must have been more tragic than a regular breakup from how Louna was acting and the fact that she didn't want to move on or date anymore. 

This is definitely not my favourite Sarah Dessen book but I enjoyed it. If you're a Sarah Dessen Fan there's no need to tell you to read this because I'm sure you already have or will. If you haven't read any Sarah Dessen books before then I'd suggest maybe starting with one of her others. Unless you're totally sold from the synopsis, I won't hold you back.


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