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 definitely won’t be the last. The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Ms. Dessen threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! I’m kicking myself for not reading this wonderful novel sooner. I knew I was going to love this story just by the description. Don’t forget your tissues!! Plan on not getting much sleep until you finish this suspenseful story!

THE REST OF THE STORY is a quick read and unputdownable! Emma Saylor doesn’t remember her mother very well. She died when Emma was ten years old. Emma’s dad has just remarried and Emma finds herself spending part of the summer with her mother’s family. She hardly knows them but as the story goes on, she can’t imagine being anywhere else. If you are looking for a great story with lots of mystery and heart to pull you out of your book slump, you can’t go wrong with THE REST OF THE STORY. I’m so excited to read more by Sarah Dessen as I have a few of her older books to still read.

The twists and turns in THE REST OF THE STORY are going to keep you up late into the night trying to figure out how this perfect story is going to end. Once you start reading, trust me, you aren’t going to be able to stop! If you haven’t read Sarah Dessen, you are really missing out! Every single time Sarah Dessen publishes something new, I want to have a celebration. I’ve read the majority of her books and fell in love with every single word and all of her characters. THE REST OF THE STORY is no different. Hang on tight as you are reading! It’s a crazy and thrilling ride. When everything is finally revealed, well, you won’t believe it!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading THE REST OF THE STORY. As Roo begins explaining things to Emma, things seem to make more sense to her and have her questioning what really happened to her mom and Roo’s dad. There is so much going on in this story, but Ms. Dessen does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together. All of the characters will have you feeling sad, then happy, and then yelling on the same page. More than once I wanted to be in North Lake with my new found friends! Once you finish devouring this story, you are going to want to tell everyone you know about this emotional and heartbreaking 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—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?


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