A Sarah Dessen e-book Sampler [NOOK Book]

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The Sarah Dessen Free eBook Sampler is the ultimate introduction to the highly acclaimed author of ten beloved young adult novels. Featuring excerpts from three New York Times bestsellers, Lock and Key, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and her newest novel What Happened to Goodbye, this free eBook preview gives just a taste of Dessen?s trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling. You?ll read her once and fall in ...
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Overview

The Sarah Dessen Free eBook Sampler is the ultimate introduction to the highly acclaimed author of ten beloved young adult novels. Featuring excerpts from three New York Times bestsellers, Lock and Key, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and her newest novel What Happened to Goodbye, this free eBook preview gives just a taste of Dessen’s trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling. You’ll read her once and fall in love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101532454
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 20,988
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 417 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is the author of several novels for young adults. She lives in North Carolina.

Biography

Although she was born in Illinois, YA novelist Sarah Dessen has spent most of her life in Chapel Hill, NC. Both of her parents were professors at the University of North Carolina, where Sarah studied creative writing and graduated with a degree in English.

As far back as she can remember, Dessen has always wanted to write. She remembers churning out wildly imaginative stories on an old manual typewriter her parents gave her when she was eight or nine years old. So it was only natural that after college she would forego a "real job," choosing instead to support herself by waiting tables at a local eatery while trying to publish a novel. In 1996, just three years after graduation, she sold her first book, the witty, wry coming-of-age story That Summer. A second novel, Someone Like You, followed two years later. (In 2003, these two books were loosely adapted into the movie How to Deal, starring teen sensation Mandy Moore.)

Dessen claims she never set out to be a YA writer, but somehow her memories always bring her back to high school, a time and place that resonates strongly for her. Living in her hometown where she is still in contact with many childhood friends, she finds it pretty easy to get in touch with her "inner teenager." In addition, the books she read from that time have a special, magical staying power. She explains it this way on her website:

"[W]hile I couldn't tell you complete plots of novels I read even six months ago, I do remember even the smallest descriptive details from Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die or Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I think it was because back then books were still somewhat new to me, and when I found an author who seemed to say just what I was feeling, it really struck me and resonated. I hope that my books do that for the people who read them."
If one can judge from her growing fan base and continued presence on the bestseller lists, Dessen can safely say "mission accomplished."

Good To Know

Here are some fun facts about Sarah Dessen:

  • Most of Dessen's books are set in the fictional town of Lakeview and feature recurring locales and characters.

  • Dessen also teaches creative writing at her alma mater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Among her confessed addictions, Dessen counts the Gap clearance rack, Starbucks mochas, multiple magazine subscriptions, and a penchant for black pants.

  • Dessen sometimes waxes nostalgic about her days as a waitress. "It was a great job for a writer, " she says. "Endless conversations to eavesdrop, tons of material, and fast money without ever taking work home."

  • In Just Listen, the character of Owen Armstrong was named for the young protagonist in John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, as well as for Lance Armstrong, one of Dessen's proclaimed crushes.

  • Concerning her "tendency to embellish," Dessen says: "I think it's just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it's hard not to do it all the time."

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      1. Hometown:
        Chapel Hill, NC
      1. Date of Birth:
        June 6, 1970
      2. Place of Birth:
        Evanston, Illinois
      1. Education:
        University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, degree in English.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 31, 2011

      Great

      They mixed up the two books lock and a key and just listen. This is a great way to find out if these books are right for you. Sarah Dessen is a great writter. Youll cry, laugh and have a smile after reading all her books. Enjoy

      20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 7, 2012

      Books

      Her books are fantastic! Ive read them all and enjoy every word and page. When I read her books it feels like your in her story, thats a hard thing to do in writing. Anyway I HIGHLEY recommend these books and any reader who is looking for some laughing, crying, ans smiling. Enjoy!

      11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 22, 2011

      *****

      I plan to read all the books in the sampler..I love that they all had at least 3 chapters in it, as i would get so engrossed in the chapters that when they come to an end, I would forget there wasnt the rest of the book and get upset because I wanted to read more of the book!!! they really kept me interested and looking for more..
      hope she does more of these as i will definitely read more of them..

      10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 27, 2011

      Great but there's a mistake

      Really good, I liked all of the books and plan to buy them. But they messed up Lock and Key is really Just Listen and Just Listen is really Lock and Key.

      9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 3, 2012

      Amazing

      My friend told me about her books, so when i saw the frer sampler, i knew i had to get it

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 14, 2011

      This will help

      This is a good book to give you hints of what the sarah dessen books will be like. It has all the books in it that sarah dessen has wrote.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 28, 2012

      GREAT author!

      I've read a lot of her books and she is my favorite author. My favorite book by her that I've read was: The Truth About Forever
      Currently reading: What Happened to Goodbye
      It's probably in the top five of my favorites by her as well.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 13, 2011

      Nice

      Love it :)

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 27, 2011

      M

      The book has a mistake instead of lock and key being first it is kust listen first

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 11, 2011

      Love it, has mistake

      I love that you can preview the books with one download instead of multiple! The mistake I saw is the same as mentioned in previous review.

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 15, 2013

      For whoever put down 1 or 2 stars......

      DONT BE HATIN AIIGHT HOMIIEEEEE!!!!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 10, 2013

      Great book

      Read it.... it tells you eveything you need to know about each book o you can decide i you wanna buy it

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 29, 2012

      Love it:)

      I love sarah dessen, but i wasmt sure if id like all her books. So this is great. Even though its been mentioned before, Just Listen and Lock and Key are mixed up, even thought they are bothe very good books:) the best part is that this is free.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 1, 2011

      They say its free.....?

      They said a 'free' preview and paying a dollar isnt what i call free...

      1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 29, 2011

      Great but has a mistake

      Umm its good i mean sarah is a great author but they messed up they put lock and key under just listen amd just listen under lock and key just a ps if you want to buy one of the books

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 16, 2011

      great

      amazing

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 8, 2014

      Mallory

      R what happened to goodbye, lock and key the moon snd more and that summer appropriate for 12 year olds?
      Reply to kisawesomeness2002

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 23, 2014

      Hhmm..

      I luv luv luv her books

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 29, 2013

      I love all her book

      She one of the amazing writter she the best

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 27, 2013

      Sarah dessen

      Sarah dessen is an amazing author.she is right up there with jodi picoult.ive read every last one of sarah dessens books and their amazing

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