Sarah Dessen is the Queen of Young Adult Romance and it was the release of her first book in 1996 that made readers fall in love with the world and characters she was able to create. To celebrate the release of her 14th book, The Rest Of The Story, we took the time to go through her other books to select the top 5 Sarah Dessen romantic novels that will make readers fall in love again. So keep reading to see if your favorite book made the top 5 list!
Sarah Dessen Romantic Novels #5 – The Moon And More
Any teens last summer before college is always important for them to be able to spend time with the people they care about, and to start to think about what they want to do with the rest of their lives. In The Moon And More, released in 2013, Emaline is in exactly that situation where she is trying to figure what she wants, but also trying to please her parent’s wishes. It’s when Emaline finds out that she has been cheated on and starts to feel a connection with a boy she would never think of considering before is when Emaline finds out what her goals and values are in life.
Sarah Dessen Romantic Novels #4 – Lock And Key
At just 17-years-old, Ruby Cooper is dealing with being abandoned by her addict mother, as child services is forcing her to move in with her older sister. To try to keep some sense of home Ruby keeps the key to her old house on a chain around her neck. Ruby thinks she can take care of herself and tries to run away and push people out of her life. Throughout Lock And Key, Ruby learns that she can accept help when she needs it and discovers what family truly is.
Sarah Dessen Romantic Novels #3 – The Truth About Forever
Macy decides to keep her feelings to herself after she lost her dad during their morning run together. And to add to the heartbreak Macy finds out that her boyfriend wants to take a break from their relationship until he returns back from summer camp. To distract herself from all of this Macy gets a job at a catering company where she meets a boy, Wes. When Macy finally accepts what happens and starts talking to her new friends she is able to start living in the moment again.
#2 – Along For the Ride
Auden West’s childhood was not picture perfect. She spent many nights awake listening to her parents’ fight before they got a divorce. Now when Auden takes up the offer her dad has to have her stay with him and his new family over the summer, Auden starts to feel like her life is falling apart. It’s when Auden meets Eli and they start to talk on their nightly outings that Auden learns that second chances are possible.
#1 – Just Listen
Annabel Greene is a teen model and people think because of that she has it all. But after a night at a party that changes her life forever, Annabel starts to distance herself and ends up losing her friends. So now Annabel is starting a new school year alone as she keeps what is weighing on her to herself. Slowly, Annabel starts to create a bond with Owen as he helps her find her voice and speak the truth about what happened to her.