Once And For All is one book that’s been on my list for forever. I love all Sarah Dessen books and couldn’t wait to read it, but I was also scared it would be the last Sarah Dessen book that I could read for the first time. Luckily, she has written a new book which comes out some time this year, so it was safe to read. Of course I jumped right to it!

Synopsis of Once And For All from Goodreads: Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Once And For All: my negatives and positives

Negatives

While I would love to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this book, when I really think about it there is just one little thing: The ending is a bit rushed. When you read Once And For All, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about, but I can’t say more without spoiling the ending.

Since it’s the ending and it’s the last thing you’re left with when finishing the book, I feel really bad that it cost a whole star.

Also read: book review of Open Road Summer

Positives

Just look at that cover. That alone should make you want to read to book!

Apart from the ending being rushed, the rest is pretty much perfect like Sarah Dessen books always are.

I really like Once And For All’s main character, Louna. She is not the shy, insecure girl that is usually a main character in a YA-novel. She has some issues because of her first real love and being in the wedding business, but she’s not helpless.

The story about Louna’s first love is heart breaking and adds a lot of depth to the book. It’s also the kind of love story you’re used to in a SD-book.

But Ambrose’s character makes sure that there is also some fun in the book. He sometimes made me laugh out loud, because of his clumsy, not-caring behavior.

As always, Sarah Dessen makes sure you feel like it’s Summer and you’re a teen waiting for big things (love, college) to happen. The idea of ‘anything is possible’ that I always get from her books is definitely in full swing in this book. Even if you had something bad happen in your past, in time you can move on. That, and a lot of quotable sentences, make this the perfect read for me.

Final rating

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars ⭐

What’s your favorite Sarah Dessen book?