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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In her 13th book, Sarah Dessen weaves together a coming-of-age novel and a story about love … and comes up with something completely unexpected. Teenager Louna Barrett soaks up plenty of lessons about romantic ideals (not necessarily positive ones) while working for her mother’s wedding-planning business. But when she and charming, free-spirited Ambrose enter into a bet to test each other's relationship habits, she has to examine her personal beliefs about love and heartbreak. Written in Dessen’s detailed and relatable voice, this is another tender, honest, and questioning perspective on growing up.
Seventeen-year-old Louna was in love once, but it ended in tragedy when her long-distance boyfriend, Ethan, was killed in a school shooting. Louna has since stopped believing she will find love again, though she is surrounded by constant reminders of it: she works for her mother's successful, high-end wedding-planning business. When Louna's mother temporarily hires Ambrose, the gorgeous but unpredictable son of a client, Louna is charged with making sure that Ambrose doesn't make their summer weddings any more difficult. Dessen's fans will revel in the familiarity of her steady, empathic writing, as well as her attention to detail particularly the painstaking care Louna and her mother devote to every aspect of a wedding, including their nervous and tightly wound clients and the emotionally layered characters that populate her story. Dessen (Saint Anything) include a hint of romance between Louna and Ambrose, but this novel is more about grief and recovery. Flashbacks of Louna's relationship with Ethan, interspersed among the present-day chapters, movingly juxtapose her loss with her tentative efforts to move forward from it. Ages 12 up.
Very fluffy, I liked the character development! This story reminded me lightly of "This Lullaby"... loved it although I would have liked to see a deeper side to Ambrose than just his happy-go-lucky, carefree attitude.
loved it !!!
had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. well written as always ! waiting for more to come 😬
As I've come to realize with all of Dessen's characters, they are so lovable for their quirks and imperfections. Ambrose was no exception - in fact I think he was a favorite, coming second only to Dexter (from This Lullaby) who still makes my heart happy just thinking about him. The way this was written was beautiful; jumping from backstory to present in order to explain Louna's views on love and life. In a topic that could've made the protagonist annoying depressed, it simply made her relatable, and the chemistry between Louna and Ambrose was nothing short of balanced. I loved it!