Sarah Dessen on ‘N.C. Bookwatch’ this week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sarah Dessen talks about “The Rest of the Story” Sunday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.

In her 14th novel for young adult/teen readers, “The Rest of the Story,” Dessen introduces us to Emma, whose father is taking his new wife on a long honeymoon trip to Europe.

Emma’s mother is dead, but somehow Emma winds up with her mom’s family in a working class section of a resort called North Lake, where her mom grew up. Her dad’s family had vacationed in a wealthier section.

Emma’s struggles to find a place in her mother’s family, along with the usual adjustments required of a teenaged woman, make for an inspiring story.

There is a strong sense of place in North Lake, which Dessen says was inspired by her family’s vacation trips to a popular North Carolina vacation spot, White Lake, in Bladen County.