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Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen I am! And I hope to have an announcement about it VERY soon. Have to stay quiet until then, which is HARD. Stay tuned!
Sarah Dessen The best advice I can give is to just get into the habit of writing. Train your brain that you write every day at a specific time, so if you are NOT…moreThe best advice I can give is to just get into the habit of writing. Train your brain that you write every day at a specific time, so if you are NOT writing, you're very aware of it and have to ask yourself why. Right now, I'm not working on anything, and this is when I normally would be. I was just sitting here watching YouTube videos and feeling VERY strange and restless, because I always am writing now. It's probably why I am answering questions! Breaks ARE important, don't get me wrong. Everyone needs fallow periods. But when you are working, be WORKING. It's what separates writers from people who want to write books. (less)
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Along for the Ride
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This Lullaby
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"I read a lot of books with my toddler daughter, and this is hands down my favorite. Olivia is loud, dreamy, loves art and books and wears everyone out. She may be a pig, but she's a great role model for little girls." ...More

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Okay, I'm a little biased as I know Lee, and she's the reason I am published. She took me under her wing and helped me find an agent. But BEFORE that, I was a huge fan, and this book is one of her best. I loved it so much, especially the NC stuff as...more
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"You guys, I can't believe it's already almost five pm here! My babysitter is about to leave, which means the end of the workday (or writing workday: p...more "
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“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”
Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You

“Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby


Who is your favorite Sarah Dessen guy?

  227 votes, 34.8%

Owen from Just Listen
  138 votes, 21.1%

Dexter from This Lullaby
  126 votes, 19.3%

  74 votes, 11.3%

Nate from Lock and Key
  43 votes, 6.6%

  16 votes, 2.5%

Macon from Someone Like You
  9 votes, 1.4%

Norman from Keeping the Moon
  7 votes, 1.1%

Sumner from That Summer
  6 votes, 0.9%

Rogerson from Dreamland (doubt a lot of people will vote for him)
  6 votes, 0.9%

Luke from The Moon and More
  1 vote, 0.2%

Theo from The Moon and More
  0 votes, 0.0%


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Melissa Lately I've picked up "The Post Birthday World" based on your online journal recommendation, and I'm really loving it! I also read "Middlesex" earlier this summer, which blew me away. Please keep the recommendations coming!

I'm also crossing my fingers that you can make another on-campus appearance this fall because I missed it last semester, and I haven't had a chance to get "Lock and Key" signed! It's definitely one of my favorite novels of yours. Thanks for all the good reads!

Meghan I'm happy you're on goodreads. Thanks for accepting my request! =D

message 3: by Steph

Steph I'm so happy that you're on GoodReads! You're one of my favorite authors.

message 4: by Eva

Eva Leger FINALLY!! I came across a book of yours (actually two of them!) when I was out. I couldn't find any for the longest time- they must be great to be that popular! I can't wait to get into them both!

Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* hi sarah! thank you so much for accepting my friend request. you're a wonderful author! ;D

Pamela Hi, Sarah!
Thanks for adding me as a friend :)
Have a great weekend!

message 7: by June

June Alexandria Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for adding me, I was so excited when you did. You're one of my favorite authors and your book Dreamland was the reason I decided on being an English/Journalism major. Thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


elissa Good to see you here, Sarah!

Michelle I'm really excited for the new book coming out next summer!

Thanks for the add by the way too.

message 10: by Caitlin

Caitlin I have not read any of your books, but all of my friends love them! I can't wait to read them! Which one was your favorite to write?

message 11: by Lydia

Lydia Hello Sarah, thank you so much for accepting my request to be your friend. I am a HUGE fan of your books!


message 12: by Kate

Kate Thanks for connecting as readerly friends. I'd like to invite you to read the first chapter of my new novel:


Golden Rose Sarah

Thanks for being such an amazing author. Your characters always seem real to me, and I feel so close to them by the end of your books that it's strange not having them around anymore.

Thanks, also, for adding me. :)

Love, Abby

Courtney Hyz Sarah!
Thanks for adding me.
I love your books :)
You're most definitely in the top 5 of my favorite authors.


KRISTI  ♫ ♪   Sara,
Thanks SO much for adding me! I LOVE your books. I just finished reading That Summer and it was SO good!

message 16: by Bella

Bella Thanks for adding me, Sarah. You are one of my favourite authors. My favourite book that you have written is definitely This Lullaby. It is amazing. Thankyou for being so amazing!

Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* wow i just finished reading the truth about forever and it was AMAZING! :D

message 18: by Emily

Emily Thanx for adding me,
you are the best author ever please keep on writing.
Lock and Key is my favourite
i got it and me and a friend both cried literally when reading it.
It was fanastic especially because it gave me mixed emotions it wasn't happy or sad it was just perfect.

message 19: by Shruti

Shruti thanx so much for adding me. I just love ur books.

message 20: by Alina

Alina I love your books, they seem so real, I read them and feel a connection to the characters!

message 21: by Alina

Alina Sarah, can you help me? I want to read Lock And Key for my book report, but I need to know the page numbers, and I can't find them anywhere. Please?

message 22: by Kaykah

Kaykah Hey Sarah, what do you think about Twilight?

message 23: by William

William Sarah
Look forward to talking books
William Elliott Hazelgrove
Rocket Man

message 24: by Caitlin

Caitlin Sarah,
The Truth About Forever is an amazing book. I can't wait to read more of your novels!

message 25: by Jourdan

Jourdan I just read Lock and Key and it was really great!

KRISTI  ♫ ♪   Sarah,
I just finished reading Dreamland and I thought it was an AMAZING book. I just wanted you to know that I LOVE reading your books and that you're one of my favorite authors.

message 27: by Alina

Alina Sarah,
I just finished Lock and Key, and LOVED it. This was such a great book, I am recommending it to everyone!!! You are such a great author!!!

Letter Garden thanks for adding me! (^o^)/

message 29: by Pamela

Pamela Just dropping by to say hi :) Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Emma the Dork Sarah, you are an amazing author thanks so much for accepting my friend request I am planning on reading all your other books soon!

message 31: by Gina

Gina Sarah, I know it was quite a while ago, but I never got to thank you for adding me as a friend! Just out of you havea favorite character from any of your books? Or maybe a favorite book altogether, that you've written?

message 32: by Derek

Derek Schneider Thanks for adding me. The first chapters of Avenging Autumn and The Wintermen are on my profile now.

message 33: by Saleh

Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.

message 34: by Milana

Milana OMG!!!!! I really want to read one of your books!!!

message 35: by Meghan (last edited Apr 01, 2009 11:34AM)

Meghan Hi, Sarah!!!

I am going to get your books soon from the library. They sound awesome!

-Meghan :)

message 36: by Chelsea

Chelsea Well, you are my favorate author at the moment so I thought I should say hi. I have read all your books and can't wait for Along For The Ride to come out. You should put more videos on Myspace for the book and at least give us a summary, if you haven't already. I don't keep up with this stuff.

message 37: by Jourdan

Jourdan I am so excited for your contest! I already have an idea forming in the back of my mind. :D

message 38: by Shelby

Shelby I love your books. Right now I am reading "Keeping the Moon" and I'm really close to starting "the truth about forever" and I already finished "just listen" witch is one of my favorite books. I love everything you like. I got all of my friends to start reading your books, they also love them.

message 39: by Angee

Angee Saxey I absolutely LOVED your book The Truth About Forever!! So much that I was at Barnes & Noble talking to my friend about your book, that a stranger walked up to me and started asking me about it. After she genuinely thanked me, she grabbed your book and walked straight to the cashier and bought it! I have Just Listen at my house, ready to dive into!

message 40: by Katrina

Katrina Burchett Thanks for the add, Sarah. Someone Like You looks interesting. I plan to read it soon :)

message 42: by Natalie

Natalie S. Hi Sarah,
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write to me. Also for adding me as your friend on this.
Sorry it took so long to write!

message 43: by Anna

Anna M Hi Sarah! Just stopped in to say hi. Thanks so much for making me your friend. It means a lot. I'm sure you get this a lot, but your books really have made me rethink the world, the people in it, and more specifically, my life. Thank you so much for writing the books you write. They are truly amazing.


message 44: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Good morning Sarah. Wish I were closer and could join in some of the fun you are having. Thanks for adding me to your friends list.

message 45: by Jourdan

Jourdan Hey Sarah, I just bought Along for the Ride and I CAN'T wait to read it! I was super excited because the store had it out early. -Jourdan :D

Cayleigh Hey Sarah! Thanks so much for the add!! I love your books!! I cant wait to read "Along for the Ride"!

~Cayleigh :D

message 47: by Athena

Athena Hi Sarah! Thanks for adding me!

message 48: by Larissa

Larissa Hello Sarah! Thanks so much for adding me as a friend. I love all of your books, and I hope I can become a great author like you!!! :)

message 49: by Athena

Athena Hey Sarah!! I loved you book 'This lullaby'!!!!!

Leslie (That Chick That Reads) Along for the Ride was abs wonderful! Kudos!

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