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Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen

Biography

Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Highest Honors in Creative Writing. Her first novel, That Summer, was a 1997 ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also the author of Just Listen, The Truth About Forever and Lock and Key, which recently reached number 1 in the New York Times Bestseller list. Sarah Dessen lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Interview

Interview with Sarah Dessen author of Just Listen

What was the inspiration for Just Listen?
I was doing a speaking engagement at a school, and as I sat waiting, I started to flip though a yearbook that was on the table in front of me. In the back, there were all these senior pages, where people had pictures of their friends and families, and there was one shot of these three beautiful blonde girls, sitting by a pool in front of a big, gorgeous house. My first thought was, "Their lives must be perfect," followed by how ridiculous it was for me to assume that. I began to think about how quick we are to judge just based on appearances, and the book built from there.

Who were your favourite authors as a teenager and who are you into now?
As a teen I loved Judy Blume and Lois Lowry. These days, I read just about everything. I'd have to say my favorite author is Anne Tyler: I just read her books and she a...

Bibliography

Published by Puffin

Lock and Key jacket image
  • Lock and Key
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 02 2009
The Truth About Forever jacket image
  • The Truth About Forever
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 01 2008
Just Listen jacket image
  • Just Listen
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jul 05 2007
A long for the Ride jacket image
  • A long for the Ride
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Feb 04 2010
The Truth About Forever jacket image
  • The Truth About Forever
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: May 01 2008
What Happened to Goodbye jacket image
  • What Happened to Goodbye
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: Jun 02 2011
  • 12 - 16 years
What Happened to Goodbye jacket image
  • What Happened to Goodbye
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jun 02 2011
  • 12 - 16 years
Infinity (Pocket Money Puffin) jacket image
  • Infinity (Pocket Money Puffin)
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 06 2010
  • 12 - 14 years
The Moon and More jacket image
  • The Moon and More
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: Jun 04 2013

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