• The Rest of the Story

  • By: Sarah Dessen
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (736 ratings)

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The Rest of the Story

By: Sarah Dessen
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
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Publisher's summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling 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 12. 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, whom 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?

©2019 Sarah Dessen (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Editor's Pick

The summer love story you're craving
"Summer and Sarah Dessen are becoming synonymous in my mind. Her latest novel, The Rest of the Story, is my perfect seasonal companion. There’s romance, an air of mystery, and a lovely narration from one of my favorite voices in the genre—Rebecca Soler. Dessen is so talented at creating relatable characters, and it was incredibly easy to fall into Emma’s story. Find your favorite spot outside, pop in your headphones, and let Dessen put a smile on your face."
Katie O., Audible Editor