Tuesday, May 30, 2006

For a while now Claire has been telling me I should read some Sarah Dessen books, so I finally gave in this weekend. I read Someone Like You first because I found out it was part of the source for the movie How To Deal that I think no one but me actually liked. It's been a long time since I saw the movie though, so it was pretty much all new to me. I liked it okay, but Claire told me the later books were better, so I kept going. Next up was Keeping The Moon which was, indeed, better. I liked the message of moving beyond worrying about what others think of you and that the advice on how to manage that was basically fake it till you make it. Isn't that the truth. I also finished The Truth About Forever which I bumped up because there are a bunch of holds on it. This one was excellent too, involving a girl dealing with the recent death of her father.

Reading all three so close together (plus I'm in the middle of another) it was apparent that Sarah Dessen has a certain main character that she consistently writes, just varying the particulars slightly from book to book. It's an appealing character type though, and watching these girls grow and gain confidence is very satisfying and hasn't grown old yet.

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