The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. 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—her grandmother and cousins 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 divided into two people as well. 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 will win out?

Title:The Rest of the Story
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062933621
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  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    If you'll all excuse me, I'll be over here, being Sarah Dessen trash for my whole entire life...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was so very quintessential Sarah Dessen. If you like her books, I can't imagine you won't like this one. If you're not a fan, I doubt this would be the one that would make you fall in love. It wa...

  • Kristen

    6/30/19 - Wow! My very first DNF of a Dessen book. I never thought I'd live to see the day. There wasn't anything bad about this book that turned me off it was just very, very, VERY (did I mention ver...

  • Arlene

    You can make life, or life can make you…The Rest of the Story, by Sarah Dessen, will likely land as one of my favorite reads this year. That’s a bold statement because we haven’t even hit the mi...

  • Kath

    Probably more of a 4 star book overall but I had to bump it up to 5 because it made me so damn happy while I was reading it.Listen, Sarah Dessen is the queen of teen for a reason - she writes solid bo...

  • ellie

    the day sarah dessen writes a gay book, my heart will finally be satisfied...

  • Vani

    Because the story can change so much depending on who's telling it. I read my first Sarah Dessen book half my life ago and I still become teenage girl excited every time one comes out. Literally noth...

  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)

    Review to come!...

  • The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn MitchellI’ve been a big fan of Sarah Dessen for years now so I was happy that I got the chance to read The Rest of the Story and it was the...

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner

    It's always a good idea to read one of Sarah Dessen's books. They always bring a smile to my face and make me feel like everything will be okay.One of the things Dessen excels in is writing about diff...