Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen
Born Sarah Dessen
(1970-06-06) June 6, 1970 (age 43)
Evanston, Illinois,
United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1996–
Genres Realistic fiction
Subjects Young adult literature
Children Sasha Clementine

Sarah Dessen (born June 6, 1970, in Evanston, Illinois) 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, where both of her parents worked.


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]

Personal life[edit]

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


Film Adaptations[edit]

The 2003 film How to Deal starring Mandy Moore was based on both Someone Like You and That Summer.[7]


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