Once and for All
by Dessen, Sarah

Cynical about happy endings, Louna, the daughter of a wedding planner, initially holds Ambrose at arm's length, but Ambrose has finally found someone to save him from his serial dating ways, and he's not about be discouraged.

Sarah Dessen is the author of twelve previous novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers Saint Anything, The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal.
Dessen&;s books are frequently chosen for the Teens&; Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association, recognizing her significant contribution to young adult literature.
Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in North Carolina with her family.

Visit Sarah at sarahdessen.com. 

For Louna, weddings are a science: she can handle out-of-control bridesmaids, nervous brides, and missing ring bearers, and she knows exactly what to do with fresh flowers, fairy lights, and mason jars (they're so in right now). Louna's mom, Natalie, is a sought-after wedding planner, and for Natalie (divorced) and her business partner, William (chronically single), romance is a science, too: they're scarily accurate when it comes to betting on how long a marriage will last. Louna, though, believes she's already had her romance-a summer-fling-turned-real that ended tragically. So when no-strings serial dater Ambrose barrels into her life, Louna is immune to his charms. But life, it seems, doesn't always go as planned. Dessen, the newest recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, offers up her thirteenth novel, and it's everything readers have come to love about her work. It's a familiar romp-fans of Dexter, the erstwhile hero of Dessen's This Lullaby (2002), will undoubtedly fall for Ambrose. Wedding bells or not, no one else does summer love like Dessen. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Dessen's been on a career-long winning streak. She's practically synonymous with summer, and a massive marketing campaign will get this into waiting hands. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Louna finds her cynicism about romance challenged when her family's wedding business hires Ambrose.After years facing brides with cold feet and badly behaved wedding guests, Louna has become skeptical about romance and plans on remaining single during her last summer before college. Luckily, the busy wedding schedule provides plenty of legitimate excuses for Louna to avoid opportunities to meet potential dates. That changes when satisfying a particularly fussy bridal party requires hiring the bride's brother, Ambrose. He's a lady's man who typically charms more than one potential date during every social gathering. But he professes honesty about his dating motivations, expresses genuine interest in his dates, and displays a sort of oddly enchanting "aw, shucks" dismissal of his ability to reel in girls. Louna's outwardly dismayed by his antics, but his clichéd (but adorable) gestures, such as impulsively adopting a rescue dog, begin to win her over. However, Louna's stil l tormented by the unexpected death of her first love. Flashbacks to their relationship combined with the way she reluctantly accepts the need to move forward too provide a bittersweet counterpoint to the traditional rom-com storyline. Louna's lovingly depicted gay godfather provides a bit of diversity in the otherwise apparently straight, white cast. Romance, humor, kindhearted characters, and a touch of painful reality make this another sure bet for Dessen fans. (Romance. 12-16) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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