Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Title: Once and for All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Publication Date: June 6, 2017 

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars 

Source: Overdrive

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Once and For All, was a definitely improvement for Sarah Dessen over the last couple of books. I’ve loved her writing since she came out with Dreamland, but I’ve really started to see where her last few have been formulaic. I’m not sure what was so different about this one, but I genuinely liked Louna and I could see where having a relationship that had one beautiful night, and then ended so tragically could be so traumatic especially for a young teenager who hasn’t even had a normal relationship.

I think I also liked the fact that Ambrose was a serial-dater. Usually in these books the guy is some kind of pristine virtuous man, and I liked the fact that Ambrose was just unapologetically himself. There was definitely the typical drama you expect in a coming of age story, but I really liked the way things ended with Ambrose and Louna. Neither of them completely gave up everything for the other one. It was a solid 4 out of 5 stars for me.

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“It took a lot to have hope in this world where so little evidence of it existed. Maybe if nothing bad had ever happened, you didn’t even consider those clouds and storms ahead. But for the rest of us, even the brightest sunshine carried a chance of rain.”
― Sarah DessenOnce and for All