Sarah Dessen Week Kick-Off!

May 9, 2011 Uncategorized 20

Sarah Dessen Week Kick-Off!!

Oh. My. Stars. Y’all! I am SO EXCITED for this week. And if the number of people signed up is any indication so are you. When Jacinda from The Reading Housewives of Indiana first mentioned devoting the week of What Happened to Goodbye‘s release to Sarah Dessen related posts I had no idea over 50 bloggers would participate! A HUGE thanks to Jacinda and Jasmine for the idea, the graphics, and all the work they put in. Okay, now on with the post…

To start of the week I wanted to give you a brief intro to Sarah Dessen’s books and tell you a few reasons why I adore her. And also a giveaway of all nine of her books that are out in paperback. One winner, NINE books. You’re welcome 😉

The Books: (links go to Sarah Dessen’s website)
What Happened to Goodbye will be Sarah Dessen’s tenth book (Giveaway tomorrow!) The others are (in order of publication):

Each book tells it’s own story but most are set in the same town. Characters and places reappear in later books (more on that later in the week!) You don’t have to read them in the order they were published but I kind of wish I would have. I think I would have picked up on more of the commonalities. 

My love for all things Sarah Dessen:
According to my goodreads account I began reading Sarah Dessen’s books in September of 2008. This is also when I joined goodreads so it’s not entirely accurate but I’d say it’s close. For me the tagline, “Read her once and fall in love” was so true. Once I read The Truth About Forever it was all over for me. I was addicted. I loved everything about the books! The teens were authentic and the pacing perfect. The books were totally girly but there were actually interesting and involved plots. And the boys! Oh, the boys. They are so incredibly crushworthy! I’m partial to Owen from Just Listen (my favorite of her books!) but they are all boys you want to get to know! I also adore the way the books are connected. It’s so fun when you recognize characters or places from previous books! Basically I could just gush and gush about how much I enjoy these books. Instead I’ll get to the giveaway! All pertinent information is included on the sign up form:

note: I ordered most of these books from a bookstore online. They have a black line along the bottom of the pages as pictured. Sorry! I didn’t know it would be there when I ordered them. Still, the books are new and AMAZING reads!!!

If you’re participating in Sarah Dessen Week and have a related post on your blog today link up now! We will have links each day so be sure to come back and check it out!

20 Responses to “Sarah Dessen Week Kick-Off!”

  1. laurakatewriting

    Woohoo! I’m so excited to be participating. Sarah Dessen is my all-time favorite author so when I heard about Sarah Dessen Week…well, you could imagine my excitement!
    I will be posting a review of The Truth about Forever (my favorite Dessen book!) later in the week.

    Thanks again, I can’t wait to check out all the other blogs participating!
    – Laura @A Work of Fiction.

  2. I Eat Words

    YAY! I’ve made a post and linked it. I’m so excited you guys are hosting this. It’s going to be so fun. I adore Sarah Dessen, and I hope the lucky winner will read ALL of her books. They’re amazing 🙂

  3. Ashley

    Hooray! I’m so excited for this week! It’s going to be great! 🙂 I can’t wait to see all the great participation!!

  4. Jess (Gone with the Words)

    How funny! My first Sarah Dessen book was also The Truth About Forever! I knew I was addicted because I stayed up until 4am finishing it, even though I had to go to work that morning! Thanks for hosting!!

  5. Deb

    Would you believe that I live in the states? Don’t let the Alberta Canada fool you, lol!!

    What an amazing give away!

    Haven’t voted on my most fave yet, but will, and will have a post ready to go for tomorrow, maybe with a pic of the lib display I do…! And EEEK on the new book.

  6. Deb

    Alrighty then, just put up a quick post and my giveaway to help celebrate! This is going to be a fun week, thanks!

  7. Nina

    I am so excited that you are doing a Sarah Dessen week!! If I had a book blog I would without a doubt be participating! But am so looking forward to reading all the posts, and great giveaway!!

  8. ~Enamored Soul~


    Thank you SO much for this amazingly generous giveaway! One should care less about a small black line on the book, when you are allowed to engage with such amazing stories such as Sarah Dessen creates. Thank you for this opportunity for your readers and followers! 😀

    GFC Follower: ~Enamored Soul~
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

  9. Jessi

    I read my first Sarah Dessen book (Along for the Ride) back in January and I’ve been itching to read another…but haven’t found the time with my never-ending TBR list! What a fantastic giveaway! You’re going to make someone VERY happy. 🙂

    ~Jessi @ Reading in the Corner

  10. mfay2

    You putting us in a hard place with that poll; trying to pick out a favorite Dessen book! I can’t wait to see what you have planned. The Sarah Dessen boys sure are amazing!

  11. Erin

    Love it! Just put up a link to my “10 Reasons to Read and Adore Sarah Dessen’s Books” post. =)

  12. soulunsung

    I’ve been seriously chomping at the bit for an excuse to read Sarah Dessen book and I love this week for giving me a reason. lol. I’ve already started with Lock and Key and am totally enjoying it so far. And I’ve already put up a post of my planned reads. lol. So, yay!

    Also this giveaway is fantastic, someone’s gonna get lucky! Hee.

    Happy Sarah Dessen Week!
    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  13. Cassandra

    would love to get her books…. reading is fun and these books would be amazing to add to my collection!!! can’t wait to see what happens!

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