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I Love Sarah Dessen - Top Five Favorite Quotes

One of my first favorite authors was Sarah Dessen. She is still a favorite all these years later. I was asked to participate in this tour by Joli from Actin' Up with Books and of course, I said yes! I'm going to share my experience meeting Sarah and top five of my favorite quotes from her books.

A couple of years ago, right around the time What Happened to Goodbye released, I dragged my mom with me to Raleigh for a signing and reading for Sarah Dessen and that book. I've been to a few signings/conventions and met a few authors, but this time with Sarah always stands out.

She was so nice, hilarious, and it made me love her books even more. Even my mom loved going because it was just that great. Last year at YALLFest, she spoke at one of their events, and that was amazing too. My point here is if you ever have the chance to meet her, go to a signing or event where she will be there, do it!

Now for the quotes!

This was way harder than I thought it would be. Somehow, I managed to do it though. Please excuse any accidental miswordings. In no particular order, here are my top five favorite quotes from Sarah Dessen's books:

“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater...The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that's the key. It's like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.” - This Lullaby 

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” - The Truth About Forever

“My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn't happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they're important ones... you might as well hold on to them. You know?” - Lock and Key

“I don't believe in failure, because simply by saying you've failed, you've admitted you attempted. And anyone who attempts is not a failure. Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.” - Keeping the Moon

“What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn't expect them to be. You can't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.” - Lock and Key

Do you have a favorite quote?

That's all for me! Be sure to enter this awesome giveaway and check out the rest of the tour! Thanks for including me, Joli!

- Heather, The Turning Pages - Meeting Sarah 
- Joli, Actin' Up with Books - Someone Like You, How to Deal movie tie-in
- Heather, The Turning Pages - Saint Anything Review
June 8 - Kristalyn, The Sarcastic Palmtree - a review
June 11 - Stephanie, Ohana Reads - a review




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Top 5 Reasons I Enjoyed MY BEST EVERYTHING

When I went to YALLFest last year, I had dinner with a group of bloggers and ended up going home with a few books. One of those books was an ARC of My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp, which is what I'm here to talk about today.

Between the title, the cover, and the synopsis, I was excited to read it. Before I get to the top 5 reasons why I enjoyed reading this book, here's the synopsis.



You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate.

Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then maybe I wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.


Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.

Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything – including her heart?

The summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating. My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason – though is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter?

Now, here's my Top 5:
  1. Set in a small town. I grew up in a small town and there were many instances where I found myself nodding along and agreeing with the things Lulu was saying/thinking. I could so very easily relate to her. There was one instance where she mentions about how she wants to get away from her small town because she feels traps, but how she's also worried her destination won't live up to her expectations. That I can relate to. There was another instance where Lulu comes to appreciate the beauty and realize that there are things she loves about her hometown and that I could relate to as well. The older I get, the more I'm able to appreciate things like that, even though I still want to leave.
  2. The way it's told. So, as it mentions in the synopsis, this book is a letter to Mason. Therefore, she refers to him as "you." It took a little while to get used to it, but once I did, I really enjoyed that it was told like that. The more I got used to it, the more it felt as if Lulu was sitting next to me and telling me this story herself. And that, I really loved.
  3. Her nickname. Fun fact, my nicknames growing up was Lindsay Lu, Lindsay Lulu, or just Lulu. It was really cool to read a character who was called Lulu.
  4. Left me wanting more. Granted, there were a few things I wish were elaborated more, but if a book can leave me wanting more, then I always consider it a good thing. It means I was invested enough to want to know more, see more, and read more. I'm still unsure exactly how I feel about the ending, but I wanted more from it. Just a little.
  5. Favorite Quotes. Keep in mind that the book I read was an ARC, so these may vary in the final copy of the book. The first one made me laugh/smile, and the other, I just really loved.
I could smell your shampoo or deodorant, something clean, mixed in with your sweat and boy smell too. Our olfactory systems are crucially tied in to memories and comfort and physical attraction. It's science.

I was scientifically aware of you as I turned the key and started the engine.
And this one:
I wasn't sure exactly what I'd do, but I'd have options. I'd get to decide what mattered most. Whatever it was, I'd be able to do something that made the world better. Not just swap out one rusty part for another.

You stood up, clasped your hands together above your head. Then turned to me, let me peek inside at what you'd caught. A lightning bug, looking dim, ordinary, ugly, crawled across your fingers. You let it go, and then it shone bright.

There's my top five reasons! Be sure to add the book to your Goodreads! It releases on March 3rd!