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Once and for All av Sarah Dessen

Once and for All (utgåvan 2018)

av Sarah Dessen (Författare)

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Louna's years working at her mother's wedding planning business--as well as the tragic end of her first love--have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna's mind and give her a second chance at love.
Titel:Once and for All
Författare:Sarah Dessen (Författare)
Info:Speak (2018), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Taggar:Senior Fiction


Once and for All av Sarah Dessen


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There is a very standard formula the author uses. The protagonist is always a young girl who has some angst and the book is about her overcoming it and coming out stronger. The other central character is always a kind of a guy who does'nt push too much and gives the protagonist space.
That said, I have read about 4 Sarah Dessen so far and I have certainly liked all of them. The angst in all of the books so far have been centered around different issues. The handling of the characters is always good. You can certainly relate to the book and the characters. ( )
  deepatarak | Jun 29, 2021 |
2.5 stars ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
I didn’t like this book as much as I was hoping I would, but I didn’t totally hate it either.

Louna is somewhat cynical when it comes to relationships, but she has her reasons. Her first real relationship ended tragically, and she works for her mother’s wedding planning company, which means she’s seen wedding of all kinds. Frankly, it seems like Louna is just sick of love when we first meet her. That’s not to say she doesn’t believe in it, she just doesn’t feel like she’ll ever have another one like she did. Enter Ambrose, a serial dater, and her world is flipped when the two make a playful bet about their dating habits (or lack of).

What I didn’t like so much about this book was it just kind of dragged with some of the wedding details for each that Louna worked. It just got too much where I kind of lost myself and started to think about other things. Then there’s Louna’s previous relationship with a boy named Ethan. While I thought the way their relationship ended was a good twist, I didn’t care for the fact the two “fell in love” in only a few hours (including sleeping together on the beach within like two hours of meeting…. what?). It just seems too far out there for two 16-17 year-olds to have that kind of emotion in only hours of meeting. Or anyone really. Call me a cynic, but I’m not a fan of the “falling in love in a day” concept.

For what it’s worth, I did generally like the rest of the story – more so the side characters. William was pretty funny with his own cynicism and making bets with Louna’s mother on how long each new bride and groom would last. Then of course I loved Louna’s best friend Jilly and her clan of siblings, even if they weren’t present all that much.

Once and For All wasn’t my favorite Dessen book by far, and compared to the other two I’ve read, it’s actually a bit of a disappointment. Overall, the book is okay, and while it might not be my cup of tea, it’s probably the perfect read for someone else. ( )
  genieinanovel | Sep 15, 2020 |
"Once and For All" is Sarah Dessen's latest Young Adult (YA) book taking place in Lakeview. I have enjoyed slashed loved most of the books, though the latest couple of ones I read I was....perplexed by. Dessen is inconsistent for me as a reader which is why I have been making sure that I get all of her books via the library. I think if I had finally given in and bought this book like I was contemplating the other day, I would have broke something in a fit of nerd rage.

The main character in this book is Louna. She is about to graduate high school and has plans to attend college. Since she can remember, it's been her, her mother, and her mother's best friend William. Louna's mother and William have the most sought after wedding planning business in the area and she's been helping them for a long time. The latter two are cynical about most of the marriages they help plan while Louna feels some kind of way about love. We have a lot of mysterious mutterings and if I had never read a book before, I would totally be surprised by what Louna experienced that had her feeling that love is a lie. Or whatever it was she going on about. I started to tun her out in my own defense.

When Louna is forced to work alongside a bride's jerk of a brother (seriously ya'll I wanted him to get smacked down by everyone) named Ambrose, she has someone who keeps picking at her and telling her what she needs to do (she needs to date more).

Ambrose was not interesting and set off every irritant I have about a member of the opposite sex for me. The guy was a typical mansplainer and I just wanted him to be told to shut up by all the other characters. I think that Jilly and Ambrose's sister were the only ones who saw him for what he was and called him out on that. Ambrose is that guy that when you go out to eat with him will order for you. Ambrose is that guy that explains how reverse racism is a thing. Ambrose will explain to you why Bernie would have won. Could he have been developed better so that he would not have sucked so hard? Don't know. But I do know that I started to have physical reactions everytime this character "spoke" in this book. I had way too many flashbacks while reading this to people I know in real life.

I have no idea why no one in this book ever takes Ambrose aside and talks about Louna's past. I have no idea why Louna doesn't either. Oh wait, I do, because if anyone in this book acted like a real life human being (Louna's best friend Jilly is not included in this list) there would have been even less of a plot than what this book had.

The other characters are not developed that well. I wish that honestly we had this book told from Jilly's POV honestly. I was more interested in her story. Her parents are barely around running two gourmet grilled cheese trucks.

I maybe made myself a grilled cheese sandwich at 3 am. Don't judge me.

And Jilly has the responsibility for her younger siblings and realistic feels like she was thrown into being an adult way earlier than she should have. She also really loves Louna and seems to be her only friend besides Louna's mother and William. It's so weird to me that we have people knowing Louna and apparently people know her from school, but she felt like a blank slate the entire time to me.

The writing was uneven throughout. We had Louna in the present and in the past remembering her prior relationship with her boyfriend Ethan. I suppose I was suppose to think that Ethan was great. Maybe I would have if he had been developed at all. He was not a fully realized presence in this book so I didn't care about the not so secret reveal about him.

I don't know if chapter heading cues or something would have helped me as a reader realize I was reading about something in the past or present or what. Instead I had a fog of confusion for most of this story.

I should have known this book was going to be a dud after the insta-love between the main character (Louna) and her boyfriend Ethan resulted in them having beach sex after knowing each other for a few hours. Don't get me started people. I started having bad flashbacks to "Holly" by Jude Deveraux. These too nitwits were running around saying I love you's immediately too. There are other reasons why this book didn't work which I will get into below.

The flow was off from beginning to end. I think if the book had ended at a certain scene

When Louna kisses Ambrose and is all this is what I need or whatever she was going on about in that scene it at least would have worked a bit better. Instead we go from there to another wedding scene and I just didn't care at that point.

The setting of this book is in Dessen's fictional town of Lakeview. I seriously don't know if prior characters from other books showed up in this one. I refuse to go back and check. Someone can let me know in the comments.

I will say that the only parts of this book that I actually enjoyed was reading about the wedding planning business. Those parts were hilarious and felt very realistic. Everything else was a big fat no and made me sigh. I was up half the night shaking my head at this book. I loved "The Truth About Forever" and "Lock and Key" and this book is now making me wonder about my taste level in liking those two books. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
“The dead aren't the only ones who vanish: you, too, can disappear in plain sight if enough is taken from you. I was still missing, in many ways. And I wasn't sure I wanted to be found.”

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Dessen books. Just Listen is one of my favorites, and I also really enjoyed The Truth About Forever. It's been awhile since I've read one of her books, but it felt like something was missing from Once and for All. I didn't love or hate Louna, and I thought she was extremely hard to relate to.

Louna has suffered a great loss, and the experience has tainted her outlook on love and relationships. She can't talk to another guy, or go on a date without comparing them to her first epic encounter. What happened to Louna is truly terrible, and I can understand the devastating impact it had, but I also thought she fell too hard too fast. It was definitely an insta-love situation, but then it grew into something more. However, I was a little annoyed when they confessed their love for each other after a few short hours.

I understand that some teenagers fall in love hard and fast, though it felt unlikely that Louna would have committed herself so deeply and so quickly. I wish they had developed their attraction over time, but instead it keeps the same intensity from their first meeting. There were more confessions of love, the boyfriend and girlfriend labels were applied, and they consumed each other's lives. It felt like the author took something sweet and romantic and turned it into something frenzied and all-encompasing.

I immediately liked Ambrose and his unique way of viewing the world. "I just can't light a candle without making a wish and blowing it out. It's some kind of birthday neurosis." His outlook on life was always positive, even when he found himself in awkward or stressful situations. Ambrose is someone that enjoys living in the moment, and wants to help others whenever he can. I fell in love with him a little when he met Ira. He has a huge heart that is bursting with compassion.

I also enjoyed the various weddings, and how different they could be!

Louna had a really amazing best friend, and I wish their friendship had been more of a focus. They occasionally go out together, but there were usually other guys involved (or a lot of siblings). I wish there had been more one-on-one time for the two. This was their last summer together before college, and they chose to spend it with strangers. It didn't feel right.

In the end, Once and for All didn't meet my expectations for a Dessen book. I had trouble relating to Louna, which left me feeling disconnected from the story. Honestly, I kind of hated her at the end. She was being ridiculous and obstinate, which was incredibly frustrating. Additionally, it felt like there was something missing from the overall experience. The story lacked a certain oomph.

I was listening to an audiobook, so I apologize if the quote isn't exactly right.

Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on October 19, 2018. ( )
  doyoudogear | Oct 11, 2019 |
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Louna's years working at her mother's wedding planning business--as well as the tragic end of her first love--have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna's mind and give her a second chance at love.

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