The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen is finally here, and we hope you’ve been falling for Emma Saylor’s story like we have. Sarah is a master at creating these touching, heartfelt novels that really hit you in the feels, and she does so with words that are almost, shall we say, lyrical.
A few weeks ago we brought you a quiz called “Are These the Titles of Fleetwood Mac Songs or Sarah Dessen Books?” (and it was, uh, weirdly harder than anticipated?) This time around, we wanted to take things a step further and challenge you to the ultimate Sarah showdown: Can you tell if these lines are from Sarah Dessen books or lyrics from a song?
With a healthy mix of the latest and greatest, The Rest of the Story, plus some of Sarah’s other iconic books like The Moon and More and The Truth About Forever, plus lyrics from some of our favorite artists, we want to put you to the test!
Is This a Sarah Dessen Quote
OR A LYRIC FROM A SONG?
About The Rest of the Story
Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when Emma was twelve. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.
Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family that she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.
When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is also divided into two people. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.
Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.
For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her—Emma or Saylor—will win out?