Tuesday June 6th 6-8pm: LAUNCH EVENT for Once and for All by SARAH DESSEN

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Books of Wonder is delighted to be hosting the launch event for New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen and the release of her latest novel, Once and for All. Sarah Dessen will be joined by fellow authors, Jennifer E. Smith for Windfall and Jenny Han for Always and Forever, Lara Jean.


Louna has spent her high school years working at her mother's successful wedding planning business. She's seen every sort of wedding: big and lavish, small and intimate, at country clubs or on the beach. She's dealt with every crises that can bedevil a wedding -- including scene-stealing bridesmaids, controlling grooms, bossy mothers-of-the-bride, and even the occasional AWOL bride. Her view of the non-everlasting nature of love has been colored by the cynicism of her mother, who enjoys laying odds on how long each marriage will last. And Louna's own experience has made her wary: her blissful first love, seen in intermittent flashbacks, ended in tragic loss.

When handsome, charming, scatterbrained Ambrose comes to work for her mother, Louna is indignant at the number of women he juggles. He, in turn, is appalled by her refusal to socialize at all. So they make a bet: Louna will go on a series of dates while Ambrose will attempt a long-term relationship with one woman. But in the end, it is Ambrose himself that Louna falls for -- exactly what Ambrose intended!


Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.


Jenny had always imagined Lara Jean's story ending with PS I STILL LOVE YOU, but her fans had other ideas. They have been contacting her on Twitter and Instagram and email, imploring her to write another book about Lara Jean and Peter K. While it wasn't in the plans, Jenny realized there was more to the story that she wanted to tell… and her fans are going to be thrilled.

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