Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen
Born Sarah Dessen
(1970-06-06) June 6, 1970 (age 44)
Evanston, Illinois,
United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1996–
Genre Realistic fiction
Subject Young adult literature
Children Sasha Clementine

Sarah Dessen (born June 6, 1970) is an American writer who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Sarah Dessen was born in Evanston, Illinois, on June 6, 1970. Dessen was born to Alan C. Dessen and his wife, a professor at the University of North Carolina. She has one brother. Dessen dropped out of Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and later took some classes at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing.


Dessen waitressed at the restaurant Flying Burrito in Chapel Hill while launching her writing career.[3] Her first book, That Summer, was published in 1996.

Dessen's Along For The Ride made the New York Times Best Sellers List.[4]

Following the publication of Dreamland, Dessen taught at the University of North Carolina.[5] and wrote what would later become This Lullaby.[6]

Some of her novels have been among the ALA's "Best Fiction for Young Adults" selections: That Summer (1997), Someone Like You (1999), Keeping the Moon (2000), Dreamland (2001), This Lulluaby (2003), Just Listen (2007), and Along for the Ride (2010).[7] Someone Like You was also one of the two winners of the 1999 "School Library Journal Best Book" award, and Keeping the Moon was the sole winner the next year.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She resides in North Carolina with her husband and daughter Sasha Clementine.


Film Adaptations[edit]

The 2003 film How to Deal starring Mandy Moore was based on both Someone Like You and That Summer.[9]


  1. ^ "Sarah Dessen". Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sarah Dessen: Biography". Puffin Books. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
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