The Compulsive Reader: Sarah-land and Someone Like You

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sarah-land and Someone Like You

Despite being such a voracious reader my entire life, it really wasn't until recently that I started getting into Sarah Dessen's books. This is a fact that usually earns me lots of startled gasps and horrified expressions ( I have a few of her books waiting to be read on my shelves, so don't worry). And with school out for the summer and a few extra hours each day to read, it's been a great time for me to catch up, and celebrate Summer of Sarah at Sarah Dessen's fan website, Sarah-Land (and it'll help keep anticipation down to bearable levels for Sarah's next book--What Happened to Goodbye--which will come out in 2011)!

This week, we're all about her book Someone Like You! There will be lots of chances to win free books and other Dessen swag, but first here's what Sarah has to say about Someone Like You!

"Of all the books I’ve written, I have to say that Someone Like You has the biggest legion of fans. Even my cousins Rachel and Anna, who are usually my very first readers of any book I write, will often tell me that while the new book is good, Someone Like You was better. At the time it was published, I wasn’t so sure. The editing process for Someone Like You was really long and arduous, mostly due to the fact that I always have way more than I need and tend to repeat myself a lot. (Thank goodness I have been blessed with exceptionally good, and patient, editors.) Plus there was a little bit of pressure since That Summer had been well-received. In fact, the worst review I’ve ever received was for Someone Like You, in the campus newspaper of the university where I teach. That was a good day, walking into my classes after everyone had already seen this horrible review, where I was awarded zero of five stars. Gulp. It didn’t matter that I’d gotten a decent review in the New York Times book section that same week: I carried around that bad Daily Tar Heel review for weeks, until one of my friends got sick of me looking at it and flushed it down the toilet. (I tend to be a bit of a glutton for punishment.) So the beginning was a bit bumpy, but I’ve been so pleased with how people continue to respond to Halley and Scarlett’s story. I think one of the reasons is that often in high school, as you’re breaking away from your parents a bit, your friends become your family, and you depend on them so much to get you through. Plus a lot of people can relate to falling in love with a boy who seems like everything you want, only to find out the one thing you really need he can’t give. Someone Like You is also special to me because it’s dedicated to my best friend from high school, Bianca, who was there firsthand for all the real truths of us trying to survive high school, and knows even the stories I don’t tell."

Sounds good, right? Well, I am going to be giving away a copy right here on the blog, PLUS copies of all of Dessen's books and Lock and Key necklaces will be given away on Sarah-Land all summer long! Click here to get started on Sarah-Land, and fill out the form below for another chance to win Someone Like You!

Plus, for more fun, you can check out this video in which Sarah takes us on a tour of the town she based Colby off of!


Cecelia said...

I'm relatively new to Dessen's books too, and this is one I haven't read yet. Thanks for holding the giveaway!

Baley Petersen said...

Thanks for the link to Sarah-land! I had no idea it existed!

Sarah said...

Someone Like You was the first Dessen booked I ever read. It still holds a special place in my heart today, haha. I dunno if you're reading all of them, I haven't yet, but Dreamland and This Lullaby are definite must read by her.

Lauren said...

This one looks really good. Sarah Dessen is probably my most-read realistic fiction author - in particular, I've read Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, and The Truth About Forever

Anonymous said...

I love all of Sarah's books and this one was no exception. :)

Unknown said...

I absolutely love Sarah Dessen. Someone Like You is the book that got me started, though I did read That Summer first. I got the How to Deal paperback that had both novels in it and I could not stand That Summer at first. After reading all of her other books that were out at the time, I decided to give That Summer another chance and fell in love with that one as well, though out of all of her books, it is my least favorite.
My absolute favorite book of hers is The Truth About Forever. I have read this book about 50 times and I have gone through three copies of it, because I lost the first two because I took it with me everywhere I went. If it is not on your shelf of books to read, The Truth About Forever is a Sarah Dessen must read!

Ashley said...

Unfortunately I live in Canada and cannot enter this contest =(
Oh well, I'll just have to buy it!