Sarah Dessen

School’s out for summer

freeing me up for a whole lot more reading time!

I had originally planned to catch up on various series I’ve been reading, along with some classics I haven’t read yet, until I finally decided to cave in and read Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen.

I confess, I was very hesitant to read anything by Sarah Dessen at first. We’ve already established in a previous post that I am a fiction snob. Well, I also have a penchant for the unrealistic – fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal. I had mentioned that I like to read in order to escape. What better way to escape than by reading about fictional worlds, characters with otherworldly abilities, and implausible plot lines? The few times I deviate from the unrealistic tends to be for historical fiction, which also satisfies my love for history.

So when a few of the kids gushed about Saint Anything, I was reluctant to give it a try. Sarah Dessen’s writing is normally characterized under the “realistic” genre (already one red flag), and often falls under “chick lit” as well (which I definitely shy away from), so you can see my predicament. However, what kind of a librarian would I be if I refused to give all genres a try? Who am I to suggest books to these kids if I won’t even give a chance to the ones they recommend to me?

I gave Saint Anything a try.

Consider this a mini review: I loved it. Her writing was beautiful, yet unpretentious. Albeit slight predictable, the storyline was interesting. I could identify with some of the characters, despite being an adult (or trying to, adulting is hard afterall) and they being adolescents (for those of you who haven’t heard of her, Sarah Dessen writes YA). It was such an easy read, I just couldn’t put it down.

This just goes to show you,

never judge a book by its cover,

or in this case, by its genre.

So, I’ve decided to alter my summer reading plans.

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Say hello to a summer of Sarah Dessen (or a partial one, I might go through these quickly, who knows). I’ll let you know how it goes.

Sincerely,
The Struggling Librarian

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