Dreamland & Our First Dessen Reads - Review +GIVEAWAY

Between now and June, contemporary readers all over the world are prepping for Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's upcoming lucky number 13. That's right, she's written THIRTEEN books! Wow! So to get ready, many of us are reading her back catalog and the Ravenous Readers took a shot with Dreamland, a book they both hadn't read.

Dreamland isn't your normal (aka more fluffy) Dessen read. This book shows the darker side of intense teenage love, something we don't often see. It does feature your normal Dessen elements: a realistic main character, a love interest, friends, and a family that is a work in progress. We appreciated how Sarah brought everyone full circle in the end. 

After reading Dreamland, we reflected on our first experiences reading Sarah Dessen and thought we would share them with you! Tell us in the comments what your first Dessen book is and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end for ALL of her books!

The Truth About Forever // Christy's First Dessen Read 

When I re-entered the YA world, I joined the best book club ever - Forever Young Adult. They typically read Sarah Dessen books throughout the club and had picked The Truth About Forever for a spring 2016 read. I try to stay faithful to the books in the club so I picked it up. Little did I know how deep the Dessen world is!

I remember reading it and then seeing something about all the easter eggs within her world. I was in awe by how she could do that after so many years! Plus I loved the characters and the story. It was so much more than fluff - it was real. I was hooked!

Just Listen // Nancy's First Dessen Read

My very Sara Dessen book was Just Listen and I read it when it came out and loved it thus beginning my SD love. It loved the musical aspect of it and how the MC Annabel, was able to find her voice and truth through an unlikely relationship with a boy named Owen Armstrong. 

At the time it was a heavy read for me, one that dealt with sexual assault, eating disorders, aggressive friendships and being able to tell the truth (which we know can be very hard for some people). I just re-read the book and feel differently about it as I did initially but that goes to show you how books can affect you differently based on where you are in life.

by Sarah Dessen
Published: September 1st 2000
Publisher: Speak
Source: Publisher (we <3 being a PRHPartner)

Love can be a very dangerous thing.

After her sister left, Caitlin felt lost.

Then she met Rogerson.

When she's with him, nothing seems real.

But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?



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  1. I haven't read one of this author's books before and if I end up liking them--I have 13 go to reads!!! Thanks for the tour!

  2. I am unfamiliar with Dessen, but would be happy to become more familiar! Thank you!

  3. I haven't read any of her books so would be an enthusiastic new reader.

  4. I love Sarah Dessen and can't wait for this book!

  5. I am new to her books but am excited to start!

  6. I love her books. I believe Just Listen was the first one i read of hers and i haven't stopped since but Along for the Ride is probably one of my favorites. I've read almost all of them i think and would love to actually own them to be able to re-read them.

  7. I haven't actually read all of Sarah Dessen's books but I've read most of them. The first Sarah Dessen book I ever read was What Happened to Goodbye and while I did enjoy it, it wasn't until my second SD novel, which was Along for the Ride, that I totally fell in love with her writing. My favorites are Along for the Ride, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and Saint Anything.


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