Review: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 6th, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

My thoughts…

Being the daughter of a popular wedding planner, Louna has practically seen every type of wedding but she still has a cynical attitude towards true love and doesn’t believe it lasts forever. After having her first love ended tragically she has guarded her heart and doesn’t want to experience that hurt feeling ever again.

The novel jumps back and forth between the past and present, where in the past Louna is falling in love for the first time with Ethan and the present where Louna trying to make the decision if she can open herself up once again to that kind of love, or at least try.

When Louna’s mother hires Ambrose to work alongside Louna, she is not very happy working with the serial dater who is a total flirt. She makes the decision to keep her distance and does not encourage any kind of relationship. Ambrose, a typical playboy who juggles numerous girls at a time, has other plans, he wants to break down Louna’s walls.

Overall, I didn’t care for this story, it took me over a week to read it, which was very surprising. I just couldn’t get the connection between Louna and Ambrose. She was very judgmental and she wasn’t very nice to him throughout the book, I wasn’t sure why he even liked her. Also, I would have liked to read less about wedding planning, Louna’s everyday activities, her dating other men and more about a romance between the two characters actually being together as a couple.

I’m a bit disappointed, but, this is the second book I’ve read by Sarah Dessen, I’m not ready to give up on her just yet since I did enjoy Just Listen (my review of Just Listen).

Happy Reading -J

1 comment:

  1. Sorry this one wasn't as good as you had hoped. I hate it when it takes me forever to read a book. I hope your next read works better for you.