The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

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Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother's estranged relatives at scenic North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother's working-class relatives and her father's wealthier associates.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062933621
Branch Call Number: DES
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 22 cm


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Emma goes to North Lake for the summer, which was her late mother's hometown. There Emma finds a new love and and old connections.

Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother's estranged relatives at scenic North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother's working-class relatives and her father's wealthier associates.

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Apr 01, 2021

I absolutely love her books! They are amazing and impossible to put down. 💜

Jul 12, 2020

I love the main character in this book. She is wholesome and good. She is a great role model for a young girl. I loved her lake family. Although at first she might have fit better on the club side, she really blossomed on the lake side. I loved the romance and friendships. I just loved how she grew. I think all the parts about the friends at home could’ve been left out. I didn’t really get anything from them.

Apr 13, 2020

I have always loved Sarah Dessen novels since I was a teenager. She has a wonderful writing style that will have immersed into the world she created. This book is about family and family yet to be found. It is slower paced but it keep you interested as you read.

DCLkids Dec 12, 2019

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. Emma Saylor doesn't remember a lot about her mother, but she does remember the stories about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees. Now it's just Emma and her dad. When Emma is sent to spend the summer with her mother's family it starts to feel like she’s divided into two people. But then there's Roo, who may hold the key to her history. Grades 7-8.

Aug 06, 2019

Another really great Sarah Dessen novel. All the main characters in this novel are likable, especially the main character, Emma (Saylor). She was very relatable. I really liked the easy going dialogue between her and Roo. The only slight downside, was that there were a lot of new characters at the beginning of the novel, which was hard to keep track who was who/related to who, but as the story continues, it gets easier to follow. Overall, a really great book.

JCLHebahA Jul 25, 2019

Sarah Dessen is back with another good summer novel, featuring family secrets, complicated relationships, and figuring out who you are. The lakefront summer vacation just seals it as a perfect summer read.

Jun 24, 2019

Sarah Dessen wrote one of my all-time favorite YA books (Along for the Ride) and quickly became a favorite author. Her consistent stories often focus on realistic parent/child relationships along with sweet and swoony romance. They may not all be the 5-star read that I had with AftR, but they're always compelling and highly developed.

The Rest of the Story was another terrific book with a class-divided lake resort as its backdrop. The characters and interactions felt real from the sarcastic, bickering teens to the family that regularly yells as their form of communication. I found myself smiling as only-child Emma had to navigate this foreign environment full of family she didn't remember. Familial relationships were a driving force within the story, but the slow-burn romance between Emma and Roo kept me equally invested. This author handled family, tragedy, humor, and romance with ease and delivered another winning story.

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Apr 13, 2020

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Apr 13, 2020

Emma Saylor only remembers the stories about a lake her mother told her when Emma was little. Now she lives with her father and everything is good. Her father remarries and Emma goes to stay with her mother' s family, a family she has never known. As she spends time with this "new" family, she starts to understand her mother and a part of her life Emma never knew she needed.


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Apr 14, 2020

“There is always the rest of the story, right? Even if you don’t know right now what it is.”


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