Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
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.
Reading a new Sarah Dessen novel reminds me of riding with the windows down with the radio blaring my favorite song. I always feel warm and content after finishing and Once and For All is no exception. This is one of the only books that I have read this year that I started and finished within 24 hours of receiving it.
As always, Louna is a very real and relatable character. This is something that I always find endearing with Dessen books. Watching her truly find herself and realize that it is okay to open up and love again after the terrible tragedy that had happened earlier in her life was so beautiful. This book was a lot heavier than some of the other Dessen books that I have experienced but I think that is a natural progression for this particular story. I also really enjoyed Ambrose as a love interest. I thought he was super predictable at times but I also found him endearing.
Overall, this was one of the more satisfying Dessen books for me. I have read almost her entire catalog but this one touched me on a deeper level. I cant wait to see where Sarah decides to go with her writing in the future!