Recently, while reviewing books and reading the reviews of other bloggers, I started to wonder what it is that makes me like or dislike a book so much. This line of thinking then extended to authors and I decided to write a series of posts explaining why I love my favourite authors the way I do.
When I try to think of my all time favourite authors, the ones that immediately come to mind vary. Except one. She is the first to spring to mind to every time. And her name is Sarah Dessen. Sarah is my first point of recommendation and I champion her books at every opportunity as I truly believe that there is something in them for everyone.
This is especially evident in Sarah’s characters. I find aspects of each heroine that I can empathise with, even if my situation is entirely different to theirs. Girls everywhere will recognise themselves in Macy’s grief, Annabel’s silence, Ruby’s feelings of abandonment, Caitlin’s abusive relationship, Auden’s isolation, Remy’s disillusionment in love, Haven’s sense of invisibility or Scarlett’s unexpected pregnancy. Mixed up in these situations are emotions that strike every girl, and woman, at some point. Not many adults seem to remember the agonies and joys of being a teenage girl as clearly as Sarah Dessen does.
With the troubled heroines of her books, Sarah Dessen also broaches issues that, unfortunately, lots of teens face. But they are not the focus of her novels; they are subtly interwoven in the lives and families of Sarah’s heroines. In reading novels like Lock and Key and Dreamland, I feel like I may be able to deal a little better if a situation like Ruby’s or Caitlin’s arose in my life because, to me, they are real people, real emotions and real lives. With the help of Sarah and her girls, I feel as if I could handle anything.