SO MANY FEELS or in which I get to host SARAH DESSEN as part of The Moon And More Blog Tour

Jon Stewart Oh My God GIF

This is really actually my face right now. Friends, you know how there’s one author who might have opened the YA floodgates for you? Sarah Dessen is totally that author. I read a few of her books – notably falling head over heels for This Lullaby in high school and being sad she didn’t have a TON of books at the time. Then we flash forward to college when I came home for vacation and ended up reading through my sister’s entire collection of Sarah Dessen books and thus returning from pretentious college reading back to YA. So it is kind of a SUPER HUGE omg omg omg deal to host Sarah Dessen today.

There’s no author who says love more than Sarah Dessen. And we don’t mean just romantic love (though she’s plenty good at that!). Sarah writes amazing, deep friendships, complex and true familial relationships, and, of course, swoony and wonderful first loves, so who better than Sarah to have a Valentine’s Day blog tour for her upcoming book, THE MOON AND MORE? Check with each blog every day for one of the 10 things you might like to know about THE MOON AND MORE that Sarah wrote herself.

Here’s the ninth of Sarah’s 10 Things You Might Like To Know About THE MOON AND MORE:

This book was really hard to title. My first choice was THE BEST AFTER EVER, which I loved for so many reasons but feared everyone would mix up as THE BEST EVER AFTER. Which is exactly what happened when we announced it. Back to the drawing board. Next choice was THE MOON AND MORE, which was deemed too close to my book KEEPING THE MOON. I really liked THE VIEW FROM HERE until I saw there were about a million other books, many of them recent, with the same title. Finally, I was at the beach, racking my brain, when I fired off a quick, hail-Mary type email to my editor suggesting SOMEONE ELSE’S SUMMER, but my publisher wasn’t totally crazy about it, and neither was I, to be honest. They asked if I could PLEASE come up with another option. All I could think of all that really EVER worked well was THE MOON AND MORE. So I decided we’d go back to that!

You can find out more about Sarah’s books on Sarah-Land!

Sarah Dessen Author Photo | Good Books And Good Wine

Oh and if you don’t know what The Moon And More is about, no fear, I’ve totally got the synopsis right here:

“Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.”

The Moon And More by Sarah Dessen | Good Books And Good Wine

But wait — there’s much more to be learned about The Moon And MoreCheck out the following tour stops for more information:

Monday, 2/11: Forever Young Adult
Tuesday, 2/12: The Story Siren
Wednesday, 2/13: Mundie Moms
Thursday, 2/14: Chick Loves Lit
Friday, 2/15: Good Choice Reading
Monday, 2/18: The Compulsive Reader
Tuesday, 2/19: The Perpetual Page Turner
Wednesday, 2/20: The Young Folks
Thursday, 2/21: ME!
Friday, 2/22: I am a Reader, Not a Writer

Still here? Awesome, because I’ve got a reward for you! So, I made sure to read my copy of The Moon And More just in time for this post to go up and that means that I have an ARC to giveaway. The contest is US Only. 13 or older. Use rafflecopter to enter. ALSO, my copy does have a weird sort of crease on the spine, but it’s perfectly readable, and seriously who is going to complain about the chance to read a Sarah Dessen book before it comes out in stores.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. all hail the queen of ya.

  2. I love your reaction to having Sarah on your blog. I about fell out of my chair. Sarah is the queen of YA!! I can’t wait to read your review.

    • Hahahaha, well it’s definitely one of the most exciting things to ever happen around these parts. The only people who could top that would be John Green, Robin McKinley and Tamora Pierce. OH and Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson.

  3. SARAH DESSEN ROCKS!! She’s one of my go-to recommendations whenever one of my high school students asks for a romance. My students just love her, many of the romance readers nodding sagely when I tell them to read her. I totally get your John Stewart GIF of excitement!

  4. Seriously so awesome! I fell in love with her reading This Lullaby, too 🙂

  5. oh gosh I cannot wait! 🙂 I LOVE Sarah Dessen! HUUUGE FAN! too bad I’m Canadian and can’t enter the giveaway 🙁

  6. I cannot WAIT to read this one! I love, love, love Sarah Dessen and I know this one is going to be totally beautiful. 🙂

  7. Ugh, I freaking love Sarah Dessen’s books. I have not read them all, but the ones I have read I’ve adored.

  8. AHHHHH I LOVE SARAH DESSEN! And I love your reaction to having her on the blog! I’d die of happiness!

  9. Cassie Conant says

    Yayyyyyyy! I can’t believe you got Sarah Dessen on your blog, that’s awesome! You’re making me want to go back home and grab my collection of her books and reread them all lol.

  10. I’m very excited for this next Sarah Dessen book, as I’m a big fan of hers. While I can’t necessarily read one after another, I do love the way she crafts her stories to be about romance, friendship and love. She was one of the first contemporary YA authors I ever read, and still remains one of my favorites!


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