Waiting on Wednesday (23)

This Waiting on Wednesday is the newest novel from one of my teen favorites, Sarah Dessen. I’ve been reading Sarah since I read Someone Like You and I’ve bought and read every single book that she’s released since then. To be clear, I read that book when I was 14 years old in 2002. So I’ve been reading Sarah for so long and I eagerly await her new release every year.


Title: The Rest of the Story

Author: Sarah Dessen – Her Website

Published By: Balzer + Bray

Publishing Date: June 4th, 2019

Pages: 400

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary


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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Why I’m Waiting:

I love how all of Sarah Dessen’s books, for the most part, take place during summer vacation. There is something magical about summer, about the endless possibilities. I think that’s why it always works. No matter the characters, no matter the situation, it always seems to work. All of her characters grab me. I already love the sound of the story. I love the idea of summer by the lake and I love the separation of these two families; it feels sort of Romeo and Juliet and it sounds like there is going to be a lot of emotional work for the main character. I have a lot of hope for this book and I truly can’t wait until it releases. Sarah always makes me laugh, she always makes me feel so much and she always creates such a diverse and real cast of characters.


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