Once And For All By Sarah Dessen [Book Review]

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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen | Book Review | Young adult romance | RachelPoli.com

I bought this book at Barnes & Noble.


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.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

This book is all about weddings, so having a subtle person throwing flowers into the air was certainly a nice touch. It’s a simple cover, yet it tells a lot about what the book may entail. I especially love the background color and, like all of Dessen’s books, the title, and author name pop out nicely and are large enough to be seen.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

While I haven’t read all of Dessen’s books like most people, I’m trying to catch up. This is the author’s latest book and I grabbed it as soon as I could to keep up with the times. It didn’t disappoint.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

I felt as though this plot was a bit cliche. Louna works with her mother planning and working weddings but she doesn’t date herself. She doesn’t really believe in love. Then her mother hires Ambrose, an interesting character. Of course, Louna is distant toward him but Ambrose keeps trying. I’m sure you can already tell what’s going to happen.

Still, Dessen did it right. Louna carries baggage from a past boyfriend which heats things up a bit.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

I enjoyed all the characters. Louna made a great female lead and while Ambrose was annoying at first, he grew on me.

Louna’s mother was also a great character. She was the perfect mother figure but she and Louna had a good relationship with each other which made me feel good.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This book is a decent length with some lengthy chapters. It all flows well and reads easily. It’s got a good pace and can be a quick read but you want to take your time with it.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

Dessen didn’t disappoint. If you enjoy a little romance, but not over-the-top romance, and like young adult, check out this book. Or any of Dessen’s books.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“Everyone’s always in their own world, when it’s still an option.” –Sarah Dessen, Once and for All

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34 thoughts on “Once And For All By Sarah Dessen [Book Review]

  1. Can’t wait to read this! I’ve read all her books, and there’s definitely a loose formula that Dessen follows but they’re all so satisfying. I’m actually surprised that the main character and the mom have a great relationship. Usually, Dessen’s main character has a bad relationship with at least one of the parents.

  2. OMG – You paid for a book! I cannot remember the last time I actually cracked open my wallet and bought a book in the bookstore…

  3. I love this cover. I’ve heard lots of positive things about her books. Will definitely be picking some up.

    • The cover is great, I agree. She seems to have a lot of great covers, lol. I hope you enjoy her books when you get around to it. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Great review, I absolutely love the cover as well. I haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books yet, even though I have a few of her books on my tbr list. But I am very hopeful that I can get too read one of her books one day. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    • Yeah, I love this cover. It’s simple but tells a lot.
      I hope you enjoy her books when you get around to reading them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  5. I’ve seen this book around and have been meaning to check out this author. I really like the cover and your review makes this something I should add to my list.

    • It’s a great read, all of her books are. I hope you enjoy it if you get around to it. Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

  6. I still can’t believe I have yet to pick up a Sarah Dessen book. The covers are all gorgeous and I think I have two or three on my Kindle. I just haven’t gotten to them yet. This one sounds great 🙂 I really enjoyed your review! I love how you break it down and touch on all the different points.

  7. I sooo want to read this book! I do agree that it seems kind of cliche but it seems like a good read and plus…..it’s Sarah Dessen.
    If anyone will check out my book review of the Truth About Forever I would greatly appreciate it! I just started my blog and it would be awesome to get more followers!

    • I agree you can’t really go wrong with Sarah Dessen, lol. I think this book is coming out in paperback at the end of this month, too.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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