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The Rest of the Story

By Sarah Dessen
Narrated by Rebecca Soler / 12 hours 4 minutes
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The Rest of the Story

“I love Sarah Dessen books for my summer reads (or in winter when I'm craving summer again) so I found this to be the perfect summer read. In fact, it would be perfect for the beach! As always she delivered an entertaining read that has plenty of depth as well. In this one we have Emma who is introduced to her 'other' family for the first time since a small child. She spends part of the summer at this lake and getting to know her family history a bit. The narration was done well and fit the 'voice' of the characters quite well. It's been awhile since I'd read a Dessen book and this reminded me of how much I DO enjoy her!”

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl—and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer.

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when Emma was twelve. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family that she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is also divided into two people. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her—Emma or Saylor—will win out?

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