Once and for All

Once and for All

eBook - 2017
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From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!

Is it really better to have loved and lost?  Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically.  But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged now that he's met the one he really  wants.  Maybe Louna's second chance is standing right in front of her.


 Sarah Dessen’s many fans will adore this latest novel, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story with humor, romance, and an ending that is so much more than happily-ever-after.



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Gaining considerable experience while working for her cynical mother's successful wedding-planner business throughout her high school years, Louna holds her own wary beliefs about love before charming playboy Ambrose joins the company and dares her to date while he attempts a long-term relationship with one woman. Simultaneous eBook.

Publisher: Viking Childrens Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780425290347
0425290344
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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kyriana
Feb 20, 2018

I agree with Visser - I'm normally a huge Dessen fan, but this book fell flat for me. It is easily my least favorite of all of them so far, and I will likely never read this again. I appreciated the school shooting being brought up, but without any strong feelings regarding that, or even the shooter, the story kind of felt impersonal, and I just couldn't really connect to the main character's pain.

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midori_hon
Feb 16, 2018

a sad irony to be reading this book when another mass shooting occurred with 17 dead in a high school. when did such a deplorable event cease to become a call to action and turn into a plot point?

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Marilyn34
Oct 23, 2017

This novel shows that we shouldn't give up easily on love even if someone you once loved is gone.

Check out my review of "Once and For All" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2017/07/review-wednesday-once-and-for-all-by.html

Lizito04 Aug 20, 2017

A good realistic fiction book. I haven't seen a topic dealing with this point of view in teen fiction until this book. Plus, I found Ambrose very amusing.

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Visser2216
Jul 21, 2017

I have read every Sarah Dessen book and must say this is not one of my favorites. Although all of her novels tend to follow the same plot lines, this one was a little too predictable. I wasn't able to connect with the characters or develop an investment in them.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 20, 2017

And Sarah has done it again! Honestly, you have the readers that hate the repetition in her books and then there are the readers who just keep reading and can't get enough. Although I see why certain readers may find it tiresome, I enjoy reading her work because every girl's story is uniquely her own. Take this protagonist. A young girl who has been brought up by her wedding-planner mom, she thought she had known everything from the festive mood to the crying. But then, she meets someone. I think what I like most about her books is that there is a certain innocence in love and teenagers posed. Society today glorifies a lot of physical aspects, but Sarah Dessen will pull at your heart and soul. That is the ultimate success of an author, no?
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

What a pleasantly surprising book. I loved the idea of basing a YA novel with a wedding planner setting, and Dessen crafted the story around this central idea with perfect sense. Louna has been brought up by her renowned wedding planner mom and her trusty right hand, William. All three are unwilling to believe in love after what their past has held, from abandoning husbands to victims of school shootings. But when a wedding brings a new recruit to their business, it seems as though love is back in the air; once and for all. Personally, this was my first book by the widely acclaimed “queen of YA” Sarah Dessen and although generally, it didn’t disappoint, there were definitely some flaws. Some factors near the end seemed rushed, and Louna’s time with Ethan was so unrealistic and infuriating. Luckily, I enjoyed reading about Ambrose and the chemistry between these two characters was evident. Can’t wait to pick up more books from this author! Rating 3.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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eringobraugh18
Jul 10, 2017

Predictable ending, and far-fetched relationships.

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