Review | The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

“There is always the rest of the story, right? Even if you don’t know right now what it is.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: sailing, docks, teeth gaps, birth classes, obituaries, club proms, honeymoons, motel rooms, kangaroos, driving lessons, old photographs, home renovation shows, five sentences, ladder buddies, butter and toast, sparklers, storms and walkie talkies.

I didn’t know how much I needed to read a complex, complete novel like this. This was so good! I read a lot of summer books, but it’s difficult to find an amazing one between the thousandths on the market… and to me, this is a great example of a perfect summer book.

It may look like your average summer read, but don’t be fooled! The story is full of details and the characters have depth, and there is an actual meaning and lesson. This is a coming of age story about a girl finding out who she really is by knowing the story of her mother who died when she was little. She lived with her dad her entire life, but she never knew much about her mother’s life and family. Well, at least until she spent a few weeks with her mother’s family during the summer while her father was away. And then she started to understand where she came from and her mother’s story.

The setting was one of my favorite things about this book. The entire book screamed summer and I loved how atmospheric the book was. I was immersed in the story the entire time and I felt like I was there with the family too. There were so many moments where my emotions were triggered because I felt like laughing, crying and sometimes I even got scared. Looking back to other summer books I’ve read before, I see that they can have summery and cutesy elements… but this book is not even in the same league. 

What I also liked so much about this book is that you know it’s a book that took some time to write. You can see the details and effort put in this book through the pages, and that is what makes it so awesome to me. 

I loved everything about this book. I loved the characters – especially Trinity, who may not be very likeable for some people but I loved her -, the details of the story, the writing is perfect, there’s a cute romance in there, there’s a lake… I mean, it’s a perfect summer book.

I think the cherry on top of the cake would be if the book ended with Trinity giving birth and the sergeant coming back, but I’m not mad with the way it ended. 

Take some notes writers, this is how you write an amazing summer book! I need to get my hands on all Sarah Dessen books, ASAP.

xoxo, Neide

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