A New York Times bestseller
A new day. A new place. A new life.
In the past few years, Mclean has pretended to be so many different people that she hardly remembers who she really is anymore.
The adorable guy next door might be able to help her figure it out.
But is she ready for it?
“A cut above” —People
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
The Truth About Forever
Dessen's 10th novel is another smoothly written journey of self-discovery. Mclean Sweet, named for "the all-time winningest basketball coach of Defriese University," has moved four times in two years, following her father's job as a restaurant consultant. Each time she moves she reinvents herself, not so much to try on a new identity but to rid herself of the original one only daughter of a couple whose divorce was an awful, public scandal. It becomes clear that although Defriese basketball was her father's obsession, Mclean's idol was her mother, and Mclean's lasting anger adds an emotional punch to a long narrative that doesn't otherwise have much of an arc. It will delight Dessen's passionate fans that Mclean and her father have landed in Lakeview (capital of Dessenland) and that the action ricochets between there and familiar (fictional) beach towns. As Mclean figures out how to make peace with her mother, she relies on friends made at both school and at the restaurant her father is trying to save. Dessen delivers another cast of authentic, likable characters, struggling to make sense of the world. Ages 12 up.
I loved every minute of reading this book. It even brought me to tears at one point. I am a huge Sarah Dessen fan and this book did not disappoint :)
This book was definatley one of my favs from Sarah Dessen. It had all the romance, charm, and humor she puts into all her books. Its a must read!
🧑🍳🤌 (chefs kiss)
very good book. it almost made me cry when mclean and her mom were looking at the quilt. also if you're mad about mclean and dave kissing farther on in the book, the book isn't about their relationship. it's about mclean figuring out who she is and building a better relationship with her parents. i defiantly recommend this book, along with sarah dessen's other books. she is an amazing author and i really like her books. 10/10 would read again.