Sunday, August 10, 2014

RA RA READ: Sarah Dessen Read-Alikes

Sarah Dessen is the go-to summer reading for at least 80% of the teen girls who come in to my library. I frequently get suggestions "more Sarah Dessen!" and so, in my own defense, have compiled a list of books to suggest when they've finished reading her complete works for the umpteenth time.

  • Deb Caletti
  • Susane Colasanti
  • E. Lockhart
  • Sara Zarr
  • Carolyn Mackler
  • Jenny Han
Individual Titles
  • Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell
  • Diva by Alex Flinn
  • For keeps by Natasha Friend
  • Into the wild nerd yonder by Julie Halpern
  • Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson
  • Something Maybe; Perfect You; Bloom; Unwritten Rule; Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott (A word of warning: Do NOT recommend Elizabeth Scott as an author without caveats! Her work veers back and forth from Sarah Dessenish titles like those listed above to really wrenching, intense works like Living Dead Girl and Grace. All great books, but NOT all Sarah Dessen read-alikes!)

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