I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
on June 6, 2017
Also by this author: Lock and Key, Along for the Ride, Saint Anything, What Happened to Goodbye
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Amazon Vine
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.
I’ve read almost all of Sarah Dessen’s books and I can honestly say they never disappoint. Some are better than others but they’re all perfect summer reads. Once and For All was just lovely and only reaffirmed that Dessen is the YA contemporary queen.
I was really looking forward to the wedding planning aspect of Once and For All. A long time ago I had a brief dream of being a wedding/event planner. It was just the afterglow of my own wedding that I didn’t want to let go of, but I still love parties and weddings. The behind the scenes efforts are always fascinating. All of the planning and events in the book definitely lived up to my expectations. It’s a big part of the story and that made me exceptionally happy. I loved reading about the different ceremonies and disasters. It really made the book even more fun.
Sarah Dessen always seems to have a similar main character and formula. A girl who’s going through a tough time. Maybe she’s been uprooted. Maybe someone in her family died. This formula never seems to get old. Dessen always brings something new to each story, even with a similar theme.
Louna was a wonderful main character. She’s a bit of a cynic, with good reason. Her heart has been shattered and she doesn’t think it will ever be put back together. I loved her growth as a character. She came a long way in the book. I loved seeing her heal. The love interest is very unconventional. Ambrose was certainly one of a kind. He’s described as annoying. He talks a lot and fumbles around often. He’s also rich, good looking, and quite the lady’s man. I couldn’t help but find him endearing. Even when Louna didn’t. He was so sweet and charming. I loved him! Their chemistry was great too!
Once and For All should be necessary Summer reading. It has all the usual Dessen charm and romance. If you love Sarah’s books, you’ll love this one. If you’ve never read one of her books, this is a great one to start with.