The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

Emma Saylor doesn?t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges. Now it?s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable?until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother?s family? Emma Saylor doesn?t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the...

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Title:The Rest of the Story
Author:Sarah Dessen
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0062933620
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:440 pages pages

The Rest of the Story Reviews

  • Kristy
    Jul 31, 2019
    Emma Saylor's mom, Waverly, died when Emma was 10 after a troubled history with drugs and alcohol. Now it's just Emma and her dad. Life is safe and comfortable, and Emma likes it that way. But now Emma's dad is getting remarried, and Emma needs a place to stay this summer. So she sudde...
  • Susan
    Aug 09, 2019
    The Rest of the Story Sarah Dessen It's no secret that I'm 56 years old and love to read young adult stories! Sarah Dessen was one of the first YA authors I felt a connection to with her characters. THE REST OF THE STORY is not the first book I've ever read by Sarah Dessen and it...
  • Kelly
    Jun 04, 2019
    Definitely among my favorite of Dessen's books. It is a little different in the sense it feels especially personal and explores life outside of one's previously-understood sense of self and place in the world. Emma Saylor's mother died of an opioid overdose and she's lived with her fat...
  • Jenny
    Jul 12, 2019
    This is when I get to brag about knowing Sarah Dessen personally, right? She was my intro to fiction writing professor and I did an independent study with her my senior year of college because I didn?t make it into honors fiction writing (still bitter) and needed another credit to ge...
  • Arlene
    Mar 30, 2019
    You can make life, or life can make you? The Rest of the Story, by Sarah Dessen, will likely land as one of my favorite reads this year. That?s a bold statement because we haven?t even hit the mid-year mark, and I?ve read over 50 books. However, as my reading buddies can att...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    May 30, 2019
    Emma Saylor hasn't lived an easy life by any means despite the fact that she lives in a nice house in a good neighborhood and has many friends. She lost her mother to addiction and her father has been busy with his career as a dentist. Also, her Nana has helped raise her, but Emma stil...
  • Jessica
    Jun 21, 2019
    As usual, good old Dessen did not disappoint. I don?t know what it is about her books but they always give me this warm and fuzzy feeling. There?s always romance, yes, but usually, just like here, it?s not the main focus of the story. It?s also very "clean"; if we even get to ?...
  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    Jun 13, 2019
    4.5 Stars ?If life is a journey, wouldn?t you rather be the person behind the wheel than the one just being carried along?? > From the minute we started reading The Rest of the Story we were immediately transported back in time. It?s been some years, pre blog day...
  • Alexa
    May 29, 2019
    ?????? I love this book so much!! I love Sarah Dessen?s books and this one is truly amazing. I immediately fell in love with it. One of the reasons I love Dessen?s stories so much is that in each story there?s real-life issues and personal struggles that...
  • ضحى الحداد
    Jun 26, 2019
    Everyone knows how I LOVE Sarah Dessen and I was anticipating this book since the moment I heard about it .. of course I will read the heck out of this book and as usual it was such an enjoyable ride with The North Lake with our main character Emma (Saylor ) who suddenly finds herself ...
  • Laura
    Jun 04, 2019
    3.5 Stars For me, Sarah Dessen is synonymous with summer. The woman showcases the season on the pages of her books perfectly. And I?m not just talking about the sun, sand, and water. It?s more than that. A Dessen read captures that bright, epic feeling of freedom summer can br...
  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    Apr 01, 2019
    It's always a good idea to read one of Sarah Dessen's books. They always bring a smile to my face and make me feel like everything will be okay. One of the things Dessen excels in is writing about different family dynamics. I kind of wish we got to find out more about the family mem...
  • Janine
    Jun 16, 2019
    I love Sarah Dessen, I really do. But also -- it's possible I might finally be outgrowing her somehow? Which is a weird thing to say about a YA author who I didn't even encounter for the first time until I was an adult. This book was tricky. I loved it initially. I really liked Emm...
  • Jen Ryland
    May 13, 2019
    Aw, loved this. Classic Dessen featuring some of her most beloved and familiar themes and a new setting - if you want my complete break-down, check out my review here on Jen Ryland Reviews! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review! Read more of my revie...
  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    Jun 16, 2019
    This was really good and perfect for summer. In the vain of past Dessen books, this one did not disappoint! I?d give it a 4.5! ...
  • Taylor Knight
    May 28, 2019
    Of all the Sarah Dessen books I?ve loved and read over and over, The Rest of The Story has become my new favorite. Emma?s summer takes an unexpected turn when she ends up with her estranged family from her mother?s side, who has since passed away. Emma learns how to cope wit...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Mar 20, 2019
    Full Review on The Candid Cover The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen is a book that I had been eagerly anticipating as I am a big fan of her realistic contemporaries. This one has an interesting setting as well as a realistic main character, albeit the plot is quite slow paced. Eve...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Feb 28, 2019
    If you'll all excuse me, I'll be over here, being Sarah Dessen trash for my whole entire life ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Jun 25, 2019
    This was so very quintessential Sarah Dessen. If you like her books, I can't imagine you won't like this one. If you're not a fan, I doubt this would be the one that would make you fall in love. It was a fun time, but very middle of the road. ...
  • Rahma Abdelrahman
    Nov 12, 2018
    June 26, 2019 First of all, let me start by stating how awkward it feels to be writing a review for this book after meeting the author, especially that it was my first time meeting any author. It also means I'm probably biased, considering how Sarah Dessen has been my all-time favouri...
  • Eliza
    Jul 26, 2019
    My second book by Sarah Dessen and yet another 3-star rating. I think, if anything, I?ll only pick another book of hers if I have absolutely nothing else to read ? that, or if I?m on the beach somewhere. Her books are that sort: warm and cozy, sometimes a little dull, nostalgic, ...
  • Mackenzie Lane
    Aug 10, 2019
    What a charming book! Very standard, quintessential Sarah Dessen. Definitely focuses more on the characters than anything else, which I always like! It?s a slower moving story, but I enjoyed getting to know Emma Saylor?s extended family & the differences between North Lake ...
  • Kristen
    Oct 12, 2018
    6/30/19 - Wow! My very first DNF of a Dessen book. I never thought I'd live to see the day. There wasn't anything bad about this book that turned me off it was just very, very, VERY (did I mention very) slow paced. If you are looking for something fun, fast-paced and excited, this is n...
  • emma
    Aug 05, 2019
    i can always rely on a sarah dessen book being: - a quick read - summery - coming of age-y - centered around a Topical Social Issue everything else is up in the air. this one didn't work as well. (more of a) review to come / 2.5? stars ----------------- if there's a ...
  • Obsidian
    Jun 25, 2019
    Wow. What a great book by Dessen. I do enjoy her Young Adult books though the last couple I have read have been misses with me. This one is expertly written, but some things as the time line shifting back and forth and the mess with Saylor's father prevented me from giving it five star...
  • ellie
    May 06, 2019
    the day sarah dessen writes a gay book, my heart will finally be satisfied ...
  • Kath
    May 03, 2019
    Probably more of a 4 star book overall but I had to bump it up to 5 because it made me so damn happy while I was reading it. Listen, Sarah Dessen is the queen of teen for a reason - she writes solid books. I've probably read all of them and while I didn't love all of them, I at leas...
  • Mackenzie
    Jul 31, 2019
    Song for summary: Coming Home by Dirty Money An uplifting read! The characters are endearing, playful, and welcoming while the plot is a nostalgic journey about discovering one's family and the history that comes with it. A beautiful and heartfelt story, Sarah Dessen delivers anoth...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Jun 08, 2019
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell I?ve been a big fan of Sarah Dessen for years now so I was happy that I got the chance to read The Rest of the Story and it was the perfect summer read. It takes place on a lake in the summer, surrounded by family...
  • Christy Rogers
    Apr 29, 2019
    Dear Sarah Dessen, For the last twelve years you have held my heart in your hands. You've broken it, and mended it again with the stories you weave together. Thank you for introducing me to Saylor and Roo, the pair whose lives were always intertwined and destined to be. If you're lo...