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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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Just Listen

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The Truth About Forever

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Along for the Ride

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This Lullaby

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Someone Like You

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What Happened to Goodbye

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Keeping the Moon

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Tour schedule for the Rest of the Story!

You GUYS! I have a new publisher and a new book and it’s all happening (to quote Cameron Crowe). THE REST OF THE STORY will be out on June 4th and I’m going ALL OVER to promote it. Come say hello!



Raleigh, NC:  Quail Ridge Books Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm

Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Book Festival, September 22nd time TBA


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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.”
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“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”
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“Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you.”
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message 123: by elissa

elissa Congratulations on your Margaret A. Edwards Award today!! How exciting! And so deserving!! <3

Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend

message 121: by Clarence

Clarence You're AWESOME! thanks for accepting my friend request. I love your books. ^_^

message 120: by Tara

Tara Thank you for accepting my friend request. Love your book!

message 119: by Sarah

Sarah Thank you for accepting my friend request ^_^

message 118: by Eneida

Eneida I might have said it before but I don't remember now(so sorry for clogging up your timeline in here :S) but Thank you, thank you so much for accepting my friend request. :) It is such an honor and you're my absolute favorite author, so I'm looking forward to reading more of your books. Have a nice day. Greeting from Albania :)

message 117: by Emily

Emily M. thanks for writing the best books on EARTH!!!!!!! i love when one of your books come out! and i love reading your blog posts! AS you can tell you are pretty much my idol!!!!

Bella_eternity Thank you for accepting my friendship!

message 115: by cyndi

cyndi hi! i love your books. why aren't you updating your twitter status? ;)

message 114: by Marissa

Marissa thanks for accepting my friend request, your books are amazing, i love them :)

message 113: by Misty

Misty How do you do it?! Seriously, every book of yours that I've read so far, I've fallen completely in love with the leading male character!!
Amazing books, amazing characters.. Thank you!! :-)

message 112: by Faith

Faith Dominguez thanks so much for accepting me your the best ^_^an I love you books an I hope to read more of you awesome books ^_^

message 111: by Dora

Dora I finally have time to sit down and read a book, so naturally I gravitated to one of yours that I haven't had the chance to read yet. I've been up all night, and have made it just about halfway through "Along for the Ride" and have realized that Auden and Eli are my two favourite characters that you have created! For one, I can relate to Auden. I'm a bit anti-social and an insomniac. And two, Eli reminds me of the guy I'm currently crushing on! And what are the odds that he and I also started talking because we don't sleep at night. :p

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for creating characters that keep me company during the night.

Dora P.

message 110: by Mesoll

Mesoll Soll Thank for accept me , i'm Mesoll :)

message 109: by Taylor

Taylor Connolly You are my hero. I have read every one of your books, and each one took a place in my heart. I walk in the store, and I see Remy buying Dexter the plastic sliverware, I'm at my cousins mansion house, and I see Nate sitting by his pool. The characters you created, are a part of my life. They help me get through the days. I'm in 8th grade, and we have to pick a quote and a baby picture. SO it's our school/class picture, and next to it is our baby picture, then below is a quote.
Here's mine.
"The world is speaking to you every day, you just don't know how to listen.”
― Sarah Dessen

Marie-Claude Clement Such an honor to have you as my first Goodreads friend. Love your writing. Thanks for the accept!

message 107: by Salma

Salma Oh. my . god! Sarah dessen ! I love you! Ive read all your books and really anticapating for the next one! Thanx for the accept!

message 106: by Gary

Gary Revel Thank you for the add SARAH:

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message 105: by Adrienne

Adrienne Hi, Sarah! Thank you very much for the add. I've been reading your books for almost 10 years and I'm a big fan.

I was rereading one of your books the other day and a thought came to mind. Have you ever considered making an interactive website with profiles for your characters? I think it would be a neat way to keep track of everyone, especially since quite a few of them make cameo appearances in your later books.

Just a thought (: Thanks again and I look forward to your future books!

Jessica *The Lovely Books* Favorite book, The Truth About Forever! You are amazing!!!

message 103: by Els

Els Thanks for the add! I think you're an amazing writer and I've loved all the characters I've read so far! I'm currently reading Lock & Key and loving it! Don't give up writing, seriously! Can't wait to read the rest of your books:)<3

message 102: by Janet

Janet Niode Dear Sarah. I am Indonesian and I do really love your books. you are a GREAT writer!

message 101: by Miss Me.

Miss Me. Thanks for the friend add! Love your books! Can't wait to read your newest!

message 100: by Robin

Robin I just read just listen, the book touched my heart and was very said. i came upon the verge of tears a few time. I have to say my favorite characters are Rolly and Clark!!!

Lady Arwen, the Travelbug23 Hi Sarah! I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy that you friended me! You rock!

message 98: by Tyra

Tyra Lynn It's such a pleasure to meet you and thanks for adding me!

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NightGold Hi, thanks for the friend request! I really love your books!

message 96: by Kait

Kait Yay! thanks sooo much for the add! I am so excited you accepted. I just started reading your newest book and I can already tell you that I love Mclean's voice. You and your books are the reason I decided to go to school for writing, so I just want to say thank you for the inspiration :) and good luck with your tour!!

message 95: by Joanna

Joanna thanks for accepting my friend request. i also want to say that you ROCK!! i love your books, especially, truth about forever! i really wish you would do a book signing in London?? take care!

Lura (The Life of Serendipity) Thank you for the add! I love your books! I'm currently rereading Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

message 93: by Azzah

Azzah Thank you very much for accepting my friend request!! Tomorrow is my birthday and this is like an advance gift or something. Thank you so much! <3!

message 92: by Joyzi

Joyzi Thanks for accepting my friend request. I love your book The Truth About Forever.

message 91: by Monisa

Monisa Ahmed thanks for accepting my friends request...

message 90: by Monisa

Monisa Ahmed hey sarah nice job...good!..

message 89: by Julie

Julie Thanks soooo much for excepting my friend request! I enjoy every single one of tour books and i never stop reading them.. i have a bad habit of reading books i lover over and over again.. thank u soo much!
love julie

message 88: by Muse

Muse Hey! Thanks for accepting the friend request! ^^

Lauren wrote: "Violinista(Books are like People) wrote: "hi thanks for accepting my friend request!
someone told me that some of your books are related to each it true? if it is, then whats the best orde..."

Her books are related to each other in a way where everyone is living in same city place and that some characters are mentioned. But the books have no particular order.

message 87: by Lauren

Lauren Violinista(Books are like People) wrote: "hi thanks for accepting my friend request!
someone told me that some of your books are related to each it true? if it is, then whats the best order to read them?"

I was wondering the same thing.

message 86: by Lauren

Lauren I am absolutely in love w/ Along For The Ride and The Truth About Forever! They are two of my most fave books ever!!! I am currently working my way through all of your other books as quickly as I can! I love every word of yours that I've ever read. You are such an amazing author. Thank you so much for writing the books you have!

P.S. It frustrates me soo much knowing that you live within an hour of my house yet I don't know where you live!

message 85: by Paige

Paige I have read all of your books and i want to tell you how much i loved them. They were easy, fun books to read at my spare time and i felt as if i was the person telling the story. I also liked how your books were connected somehow, that made them more interesting to try to find what part goes in what book. The love in these books aren't like normal love, its almost like this love could happen in reality. One thing that i disliked about this series is the really small books. Dreamland and That Summer were probably my worst favorite out of the bunch...but the big books like Just Listen and Along for the Ride were GREAT! Keep on writing! I want more of that series PLEASEE!!

message 84: by Ashley

Ashley Thank you for adding me

message 83: by Andrez

Andrez hi thanks for accepting my friend request!
someone told me that some of your books are related to each it true? if it is, then whats the best order to read them?

message 82: by Sana

Sana Noor I'm so happy to tell you that my country has finally got enough sense to get your books and sell them. I read three of your books and loved every second of them.
Just Listen, Lock and Key, This Lullaby were great. I just want to get my hands on Along For the Ride and The Truth About Forever...these two books are the ones i really want to read. Better head out to find them. Wish me luck.
You're a great author...someday i wish to be as famous as you :)

message 81: by Lea

Lea HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I absolutely love all of your books! Please never stop writing!

message 80: by Anne713

Anne713 Hi, Mrs. Dessen! I love your books and especially "Someone Like You". I'm currently reading "Along For The Ride".

message 79: by $hanel

$hanel Im reading your book That Summer and it is awesome so far! I loved your book lock and key too!

message 78: by Roxanne

Roxanne Converse Ms. Dessen Dreamland made me cry I couldn't stop

*Swimgal* Hey Sarah! Wow...snowing?! Where do you live again? I live in Washington and all we get here is RAIN RAIN and more RAIN. It gets pretty annoying. I am reading Along For the Ride after I already read Lock and Key and I loved it so much I bought the book!!! Now I'm reading Along for the Ride from the library but I might have to buy that one too! I love your books!

message 76: by Arlene

Arlene Hi Sarah.

I was wondering if you have any news to share on upcoming books you might be releasing? I've recently become a fan of your books and I've plowed right through most of them, so I was just wonderding if there are more to come down the horizon??


Stephanie Tang Hi, thanks so much for accepting my friend request!! I am such a huge fan of your books I love all of them and I can't wait for you to write another one!!!

message 74: by Tammy

Tammy Thanks for adding me!! I have a signed copy of LOCK AND KEY, it was the last copy when I bought it and it was signed!!! It made makes me smile whenever I look at that book, I know..weird.

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