Sarah Dessen's Blog
June 27, 2015
Okay, so it’s late June, the holiday weekend is approaching, and of course that has me thinking about food. (Everything makes me think about food, though.) That aside, I was tweeting the other day about my bean salad recipe, and someone asked for it. So I figured I will share it here on this page, where it can live in perpetuity.
I got this recipe from the Food section of my local paper,The News and Observer, many years ago. It quickly became my go-to recipe for cookouts, potlucks, family eve...
June 24, 2015
(Warning: possible spoilers ahead! I say possible because I have never been a person who had not read the book. Which is a weird thing to realize. But I digress….)
1. Before I wrote Saint Anything, I was working on another book that was a total disaster. The story wasn’t there, the male character had ZERO personality, and I wanted to cry every time I opened the document. NOT GOOD SIGNS, y’all! So I set it aside. (You can read the entire story about that experience here.)When I got the idea fo...
June 21, 2015
So it’s been about seven weeks since Saint Anything came out. In that time, I have been to seventeen cities in fourteen states. (This isn’t counting pre-tour, where I was in an additional five cities and two other states.) I’ve done a ton of readings, school visits and pizza parties. I saw the book hit the New York Times list, which is INCREDIBLY competitive these days, and hang on there for five weeks. I’ve gone from not knowing what to say about the book to having a well-honed 30 minute spi...
May 11, 2015
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May 7, 2015
…but were afraid to ask. Or not. Anyway, some articles that have popped up recently:
Want to hear about how it might be my last book for awhile (but I really hope not!):I tell EW all about it.
Or about what changes I’ve seen in the almost 20 (!) years since my first YA book was published?Answer: a lot.
OR the not so surprising truth that I really didn’t like high school.Are you really that surprised?
OR (whew!) 7 Reasons You Should Read Saint Anything:Just pick one!
Hopefully more stuff to...
May 6, 2015
Okay, so yesterday, May 5th, was HUGE for me. SAINT ANYTHING, the book that is basically my HEART right now, was released into the world. I got up at 3:45am in NC to fly to Los Angeles, where I had a great event with so many wonderful readers to celebrate the launch. And the tour began! But something ELSE happened, too. An essay I wrote for Seventeen.com was published on the internet, and with that, one of the most personal experiences of my life was suddenly public. This was my choice. I wan...
May 5, 2015
You guys: it’s finally happening!
I am BEYOND excited to share my twelfth book with you. It’s so close to my heart (I explained why in this post ) and I cannot wait to hear what you all think! Look for it today anywhere books are sold. You can also go here to order it online in print or ebook form.
And, as of today, I am on TOUR! Come see me! All upcoming dates are right here.
(Sorry for all the exclamation points. I’m a little excited.)
As I’m traveling around the country talking about the...
April 29, 2015
Okay, so it’s less than a week until SAINT ANYTHING is in stores, and…well, I’m kind of freaking out. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a good freakout, like when you’ve been waiting and waiting for something you’ve worked SO hard for, and then it’s finally close to enough to almost touch but that also makes it real and who knows what will happen, your wildest dream or your nightmare or (more likely) something in between?
Yeah. Freaking out.
I had a great pre-tour of school visits and bookseller dinne...
April 26, 2015
April 17, 2015
Tomorrow, Saturday April 18th, I’ll be at the LA Times Festival of Books!
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Connections & Consequences Event Moderator: Amy Spalding Panelists: Meg Wolitzer, Belzhar Emery Lord, The Start of You and Me Robyn Schneider,The Beginning of Everything Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything 12pm-1pm: signing!
Hope to see you!