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The Rest of the Story

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweet coming-of-ager explores family connections.

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Once again veteran author Sarah Dessen has created a character teens will relate to, colorful supporting characters, and a vivid sense of place. Teens will relate to Emma Saylor's longing to know more about her parents' past, especially since her mother died, and her struggles to reconcile how the two sides of her family have made her who she is. She's not even sure if she wants to be called Emma like her dad does, or Saylor like her mom did.

The story moves along at a good pace and in a straightforward manner. It's a little disorienting at first, but then Emma's pretty disoriented herself by the unexpected change in her summer plans. But strong family bonds and a place she feels she belongs see Emma through, and show her she's capable of more than she thought. Teen drinking, her mother's struggles with addiction, and some strong language make it best for teens and up.

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