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July 29, 2006

Kidlit 12: Sarah Dessen

Blogathon 2006

Sarah Dessen is another of my favorite current YA writers. She's written around seven books, and they have some similarities: a smart and slightly misfitty teen heroine, family/social/school issues, and lots of personal growth. They often involve summer jobs and cute mysterious boys as well. They deal with big "issues" but are generally good at not falling into the "issue book" trap. They're all good, but This Lullaby is my favorite. The language is beautiful, the character is likable, and, well, it has the best of the cute mysterious boys.

Posted by Kat at July 29, 2006 08:30 PM

You hit the halfway point! Woo hoo!!!

Posted by: Ivy at July 29, 2006 08:56 PM

You're almost halfway there! :) :)

Posted by: ali at July 29, 2006 08:59 PM

I agree with you on this one.. this is the only one of her books that I can tell apart from the others

Posted by: Liz (2) at July 29, 2006 10:40 PM

Dessen is great, isn't she? Have you seen her LJ? I have hte link somwhere will find it in a second.


I think That Summer is my favorite. This Lullaby was just ok. I moslty thought the main character was a twit, so I had trouble really liking the story. I've only read these two, so things could easily change when I read more.

Posted by: Liz at July 30, 2006 12:02 AM
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