Book Review: Once and for All

Book Details (3).pngSynopsis:

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.

*3.5 stars
Here’s the thing:

This is a good book. It’s written by Sarah Dessen so of course it’s good. But it wasn’t my favorite.

Sarah Dessen has a way of writing YA novels that no one truly needs in their life (except maybe Dreamland, if you ask me) but that you want in your life. Her books always give me a summer romance vibe without feeling like I’m reading a Nora Roberts or James Patterson book. And for this reason, I not only respect, but also love Sarah Dessen novels.

But, here’s the other thing:

This is too slow paced until it just… isn’t anymore. I found myself enjoying the first quarter of the book quite a lot, but it wasn’t long until I realized I was almost 300 pages in and there were still no updates on the romance between Louna and Ambrose (which, aka, I’d be fine with if the book wasn’t supposed to be about their romance). And then, suddenly and practically out of nowhere, Louna has intense feelings for Ambrose and Ambrose wants to confess his undying love for Louna.

There was also the small factor of the time jumping back and forth. I am a huge fan of these type of stories when done properly. But this story was a little random with the time jumping. It wasn’t one chapter present, one chapter past. It was like, 6 chapters present, 1 chapter past. And that’s fine! It still all worked out. But it can get a little confusing.

So basically the pacing and timing in this book was just really off for me.

I did find the romance between Louna and Ethan very cute and enjoyable (albeit quick) and I was not at all expecting their relationship to end the way it did… though once I began to catch on, it was actually easy to assume what had happened specifically after just a few chapters from Louna’s prospective. I actually think that I would’ve enjoyed this book more had it not had another love interest introduced. I think that Louna’s grief over her and Ethan could’ve fueled this story much more, and instead of reading about her moving on by falling in love, it would’ve been a nice fit to see her accepting what has happened throughout a summer spent with say, a friend or something. I don’t know. I just wasn’t really into Ambrose.

All in all, it was a Sarah Dessen book people. It was still good.

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