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Review: Dreamland

Good morning and happy Saturday! Long time, no see, but I couldn’t be happier to be back. 🙂
Today I’m here with  a review of Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. This was the second time that I read this book (the first being about five and half years ago which is so insane to think about because it feels like just yesterday) and it was interesting how my perspective of certain elements of the story have shifted with time. 
Hope you enjoy!!


Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 250
Publication Date: May 2004
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Read April 2015 & December 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Wake up, Caitlin.
Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else–her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read Dreamland? What were your thoughts on it? 
Have you read any of Sarah Dessen’s other books? Which one is your favourite? 
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope to see you again soon!! 🙂

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my Bookstagram here.

See my reviews of Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen
That Summer – Sarah Dessen
What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen

Posted in Quote Corner

Quote Corner #32: The Truth About Forever

Happy Tuesday, everybody!! I hope you’re all having a great week!! 🙂
This morning I am sharing my a handful of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite books, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.
Hope you enjoy! 😉


There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It’s so easy in the past tense. 

“But if everything was always smooth and perfect, you’d get too used to that, you know? You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then. Otherwise, you’ll never really enjoy it when things go right.”

But it was okay not to fit in everywhere, as long as you did somewhere.

It’s just that…I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is.

“I like flaws. I think they make things interesting.”


I could go on and on all day long about how much I adore Sarah Dessen’s writing, but I think these quotes speak for themselves.
This was the second Sarah Dessen book that I ever read over five years ago, but it still remains to be one of my all-time favourites of hers. All of the characters were phenomenal, the plot was beautiful, and I don’t even have the words to describe flawless the romance was.

You can see my review of The Truth About Forever here.

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Quote Corner #21: Saint Anything

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all having the loveliest of weeks so far. ❤
Today I am so excited to be sharing my favourite quotes from Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything, which is one of my favourite books on the planet.
I hope you enjoy! 🙂


It wasn’t that I’d broken down, but that I hadn’t been alone when I did so. You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.

As I shut the door and started to walk away, I heard him say, “Hey. Sydney.”
“Yeah?”
“You had on a shirt with mushrooms on it, and your hair was pulled back. Silver earrings. Pepperoni slice. No lollipop.”
I just looked at him, confused. Layla was walking toward us now.
“The first time you came into Seaside,” he said. “You weren’t invisible, not to me. Just so you know.”

I was used to being invisible. People rarely saw me, and if they did, they never looked close. I wasn’t shiny and charming like my brother, stunning and graceful like my mother, or smart and dynamic like my friends. That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.

He had a nice smile. Seeing it, I felt like I’d won a prize, because he was so sparing with them.

There’s a weird thing that happens when something goes from a one-time thing to a habit. Like the problem is no longer just a temporary house-guest but has actually moved in.

Just because a person isn’t talking about something doesn’t mean it’s not on their mind. Often, in fact, it’s why they won’t speak of it.

Anyway, it was unrealistic to expect to be constantly in the happiest place. In real life, you’re lucky just to be always somewhere nearby.


I’ve been a massive fan of Sarah Dessen’s writing for several years, and it’s easy to see why. I’ve always loved her characters, plots, and writing style so very much. There are a few of her books, such as this one, that I could read over and over and over again. her stories are soulful.
When I read Saint Anything for the first time, it quickly claimed the spot as one of my favourite novels of all time. I related to the main character, Sydney, like I had never related to a character before. I felt seen and understood.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotion-filled contemporary romance! 

You can see my review of Saint Anything here.

See my reviews for Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Someone Like You
What Happened to Goodbye

See my favourite quotes from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen here.

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my Bookstagram here.

Posted in Reading Challenges, Reviews

Review: That Summer

Good morning, my lovely readers! I hope you all have been having a great week. 🙂
This morning I am bringing you a review of Sarah Dessen’s debut novel, That Summer. This was definitely my least favourite of the ten books that I’ve read by her, but I’m glad I finally had the opportunity to read her first book.
I read this book for my Divination exam in the Magical Readathon!
Hope you enjoy!! ❤


That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 208
Publication Date: January 1996
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Is That Summer on your TBR?
Have you read That Summer?
How did you think it compared to her other novels?
What are your favourite and least favourite Sarah Dessen novels?

As always, thank you so very much for reading. 🙂
See you again soon!! ❤

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my Bookstagram here.

See my reviews of Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen
What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen

Posted in Quote Corner

Quote Corner #3: Along For The Ride

Good morning! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to your day!
Today’s Quote Corner is starring Sarah Dessen’s Along for the Ride, a sweet and summery contemporary romance.
Enjoy!


An ending was an ending. No matter how many pages of sentences and paragraphs of great stories led up to it, it would always have the last word.

It’s still a memory worth having, even if it’s not exactly what you imagined.

I figured the cool thing was that you could keep switching out the picture. Because you don’t want THE BEST OF TIMES to be just one thing, forever. You have to have a lot of the bests of times, each one topping the last. You know?


I would consider myself to be a pretty big fan of Sarah Dessen’s books, not only for the cute romances, interesting plot lines, and unique and well-developed characters, but most importantly for the phenomenal writing style. Every single time I read her work, I fall deeper in love with her writing. In my opinion, it’s a flawless balance between lyrical and realistic, always filled with countless quotes that I rush to record.
Although Along for the Ride is certainly not one of my favourites of her’s, I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. I found myself quite surprised by how much I related to the protagonist, Auden. I genuinely cannot remember the last time I’ve identified with a character so strongly. I also feel like I read this book at the perfect time in my life. It takes place the summer before Auden goes off to college, and I read it in the summer, about a month before I began my first semester of university. At that time, both Auden and I were on a quest of sorts to take in every opportunity, and experience everything that we had felt we had missed out on earlier in our lives for various reasons.
My favourite part of the book, however, would have to be the nightly midnight adventures that Auden and Eli went on together. I was, and still am, so insanely jealous that they were able to do that. As a total night owl, I would love nothing more than to do that with someone. I can hardly wait for the time in my life when I’ll be able to go out and do as many mundane tasks as I would please in the middle of the night. I am so in love with the way that the night gives everything an edge of excitement and thrill, but simultaneously has a quality of such serenity and magic. In love it, I love it, I LOVE IT.

You can see my review of Along for the Ride here.

See my reviews for Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Someone Like You
What Happened to Goodbye

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my Bookstagram here.

Posted in Book Tags

The Fall Book Tag

Good evening and HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL! I cannot believe that the season is upon us already. Time has been flying, but I’m very eager for fall! I can hardly contain my excitement for pumpkin pie, Halloween, all the spooky decorations!
In honor of the first day of the season, I will be doing the Fall Book Tag, created by Bionic Book Worm.
Let’s get right into it! 😀
Continue reading “The Fall Book Tag”

Posted in Reviews

Review: Along for the Ride

Good afternoon and happy Sunday! I hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend so far. As my summer started coming to a close, I knew that I had to squeeze in at least one summery contemporary romance! What better author to pick up than the queen  of YA contemporary romance, Sarah Dessen?
Happy reading! 😉


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 399
Publication Date: June 2009
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
Up all night.
Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.
Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.
Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen…


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read Along for the Ride? What was your favourite night time adventure of Auden and Eli’s?
Is this book on your TBR?
Are you a fan of Sarah Dessen’s other books? Which one is your favourite? Your least favourite?
Are you going to watch the Netflix adaption on Along for the Ride?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!!

Thanks for hanging with me today. Hope you have an awesome week!
See you all again soon!! 🙂

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Someone Like You
What Happened to Goodbye

Posted in First Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays #6

Hey. hey, hey!! Happy Friday, everybody! I hope you’ve been having an excellent week so far. Today I’m back with another First Lines Friday… hope you enjoy!! 😉


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

“Would the defendant please rise.”
This wasn’t an actual question, even though it sounded like one. I’d noticed that the first time we’d all been assembled here, in this way. Instead, it was a command, an order. The “please” was just for show.

And the book is…… Continue reading “First Lines Fridays #6”

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Review: Someone Like You

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Publication Date:
May 2004
My Rating:
3.5 of 5 stars
Read July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she’s devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break—because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read this book yet? How did you think it compared to Sarah Dessen’s other novels? What did you think of Macon?
Have you read Sarah Dessen’s other novels? Which one is your favourite?

Let’s chat in the comments down below!

Thanks for hanging with me today. I hope you have a lovely week! 😀

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews of Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye

Posted in Reviews

Review: What Happened to Goodbye

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 402
Publication Date: May 2011
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read October 2015

Goodreads Synopsis:
Who is the real McLean?
Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.
Combining Sarah Dessen’s trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read What Happened to Goodbye?
Have you read any of Sarah Dessen’s other books? Which one is your favourite?
Is this book on your TBR?
Let’s discuss down in the comments below! 

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all again soon! 

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Along for the Ride
Someone Like You