Author of 10 works
Sarah Dessen is one of my absolute favorite authors, so she has the honor of being my first Featured Author. Her books definitely target a YA audience because each of the characters in her books are teenagers. Although I am 22, and no longer a teenager, I still immensely enjoy the stories.
The key to Dessen's stories is how easy it is for us to relate to the main characters and their different challenges. Chances are, each one of us has felt like one of her characters at some point in our lives. In this case, the main character manages to find her way to a solution, but not without stumbling many times along the way. That leaves the readers with a sense of accomplishment and a belief that we too, can solve our own problems.
The one negative about Dessen's stories is that they all seem to follow an overall pattern, but don't let this discourage you from reading them! I personally did not care because the characters were unique and drew me into their stories.
Dessen also has a great flow to her writing. She carries the books along in the present, but manages to flawlessly fit in the back story of main character's pasts, without interrupting that flow.
Lastly, if you are looking for a romance, there is more than one to be found among Dessen's books. Often, there are multiple romances occurring in each book, among the other characters.
And one more note. I recommend reading the books in order, from the oldest to the newest. With each story, Dessen adds a little tidbit from her earlier works and it's always fun when you discover that one little line that will take you back to one of the previous books.
List of Books (oldest to newest)
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
The Truth About Forever
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye