From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl—and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer.
This must-have Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a bonus epilogue chapter from the author!
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?
|Edition description:||B&N Exclusive Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels, including Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. A North Carolina native, Sarah currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.
Hometown:Chapel Hill, NC
Date of Birth:June 6, 1970
Place of Birth:Evanston, Illinois
Education:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, degree in English.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've read all of her books and this was by far the best since just listen!
I’ve been reading Sarah Dessen since I was twelve years old and, till date, I find something so understated with her writing that I can’t help but falling in love every time. Of course, there are some books I enjoy more than the others, but they are all great reads nonetheless. I wasn’t sure if I should read The Rest of the Story – I haven’t enjoyed her last few books (Once and for All and Saint Anything) as much as I enjoyed the masterpieces that were Just Listen, The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby, but when a trusted book fairy recommended it, and said that she loved it JUST as much as my top three, I knew I had to give this one a chance. The Rest of the Story reminded me of the Sarah Dessen of Old (a little bit of Along for the Ride and a tiny sprinkle of The Truth About Forever) and while I REALLY ENJOYED reading it, I just can’t classify it in the magical range that I would for my top three. THINGS I LIKED: 1. EMMA/ SAYLOR AND THE FAMILY: This really reminded me of The Truth About Forever and the whole family. I loved Emma’s mom’s extended lake family, the familiarity and even the friction between them. 2. THE ROMANCE WAS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE, OKAY? 3. I think Emma/ Saylor’s stepmom was one of the coolest characters in the book. I LOVE that she was supportive of Emma/ Saylor, stepped back when she didn’t need to be the parent in charge and encouraged Emma’s dad to be better. THINGS I WISH HAD BEEN BETTER: 1. I feel like Emma’s mom’s mental health wasn’t dealt with properly. I can’t pinpoint what exactly, but the rep just felt lacking overall. 2. I WASN’T FULLY FEELING THE MAGIC (AND I REALLY REALLY WANTED TO) My Verdict: The Rest of the Story is a one-time read, that ALMOST reached the standard of my favourite Sarah Dessen books, but then, lacked the magic at the end.
Whenever I get a Sarah Dessen book I know that it's summer. And this one is definitely one of my favorites. I loved the family dynamic and the easy way Dessen writes. It was like coming to a really familiar couch and then sitting in the spot that was made for you. Super comfortable and knowing you'll like it before you even sit down. Emma Saylor lives a comfortable life with her and her dad. She doesn't remember much from her deceased mother, but knows enough of the stories she always told about the Lake. And then out of nowhere Emma has to spend time with her family at that same Lake she had heard so much about.She finds out so much about herself and finds out so much more about her family (and herself) that she might not have known before this. The best thing about this was the writing style. Dessen's writing is always so comfortable. I remember the first night I started reading this I sat down and the next thing I knew 2 and a half hours had passed. Every time I picked this book up I kept falling into it and wondering where time had gone. I don't know how Dessen does it. The other thing I liked about this was the characters. Most of them were amazing, but there were others who I wasn't fond of. And I think that's the reason I liked this so much. Having a book where everyone was perfect isn't realistic. The characters were real, they had trouble with communicating, and they were all different. Just like a real family. I also liked the anxiety rep. I have the same driving fears as Emma and I don't think I've read anything else that depicts this. And the straightening things (cleaning for me) was also another sign Saylor was like me. It's funny. I'm older now and can still relate to this teen girl in her teens. The only thing I didn't like about this was the drug mentions. As someone who doesn't care for that in her books (for personal family reasons) I skimmed over those mentions. But that's just me. This may not be a problem for others. The only reason I only finished was because there wasn't much mention of the details on the page. I can deal with that a little. Sarah Dessen books are my welcome to summer. And this one was no different. I felt like I was out on the Lake with them as part of the family. This was the perfect summer kick-off read!
This is probably one of my favorite of Dessen's books. I couldn't put it down!
Excellent -hard to put down. A read for all ages
A book for all ages to enjoy. A book about good times and bad times and finally some great times in one extended family. Enjoy!!!
Another great book by Sarah. Holds your attention but also addresses a major topic in today’s society with addiction and those left behind.