Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blogging A to Z: D is for Sarah Dessen

Welcome to the Blogging From A to Z Challenge!

My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.

My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.

What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.

For the full list of participating blogs, click here.

image: Goodreads
D: Sarah Dessen

Since I write Young Adult, I plan to feature a number of YA authors. 

Sarah Dessen is a big name in the YA world, and she's been writing contemporary young adult novels since the '90s. Her books feature girls who struggle with a mix of family life, friendships, and love, in realistic, believable ways. 

Her writing style is straightforward, and the characters are highly introspective from a first person point-of-view. That combination with easily relatable issues is why she connects with young readers so well.

She also writes incredibly lovable side characters. Fans seem to recommend The Truth About Forever first, probably because the supporting cast and love interest are so great (Wes!). Her characters often show up in other books, which is always fun as a little reward for regular readers.

I follow Sarah Dessen on twitter and am amused by how much she loves Good Morning America. She is definitely of the enthusiast variety, and she tweets about the show every weekday. Here's a link to her on the show.

Are you a fan of Sarah Dessen's books, or is she a new author to you?


  1. I love Sarah Dessen, Last Chance and Just Listen are my favourites. I've been reading her books for years now :)

  2. I love her books...she has an amazing voice and wonderful stories. (Have I told you yet how much I'm loving your topic???? can't wait for what's next!)

  3. She is new to me, but you've made her books sound intriguing I may have to check one out.

  4. I see her books all the time, but I've never read one. I should!

  5. I've only read one by her so far (The Truth About Forever), but should definitely pick up more! Thanks for the reminder!

    E = Elegance & Euphuism

  6. Love Sarah Dessen's books! :)

  7. I've loved her books for over ten years now and it still boggles my mind that there are some readers who have never read her books! They're just so awesome and lovely and fabulous and...well, you get it :) I love reading her blog posts and tweets because she's so totally normal.

  8. My daughters all love Sarah's books. I've read a few of them, but honestly can't remember which ones. I did like them though. I'll have to read some more!


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