YA author event with Sarah Dessen, author of The Rest of the Story

Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome critically acclaimed, bestselling young adult author Sarah Dessen, who will share and sign her highly anticipated new book, The Rest of the Story, 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. Read on for important event guidelines, as well as more information about Sarah and her new book!

Event Guidelines

This event is free and open to the public. In order to join the signing line to have books brought from home signed at this event, you must purchase a copy of The Rest of the Story from Parnassus Books, either in-store, over the phone, or online (scroll down). The Rest of the Story will be published on Tuesday, June 4. Your purchase will include a signing line ticket with your signing line group assignment; the earlier you purchase your copy of The Rest of the Story, the earlier you will be invited to join the signing line.

During the signing, Sarah will personalize one copy of The Rest of the Story per person, and will autograph two additional books per person.

The best way to support an author featured at a Parnassus event, as well as to support Parnassus for hosting the author and the event, is to purchase the author's new book from Parnassus. Your purchase also demonstrates to publishers that they should continue sending authors to Parnassus and to Nashville.

Can't make it to the event, but still want to purchase an autographed or personalized book? Place your order below, enter "signed copy" plus any personalization details in the comments section of your order, and we'll have Sarah sign your books and ship them to you after the event! Shipping is available to all fifty states as well as internationally. For international shipping quotes, please email orders@parnassusbooks.net; be sure to include your mailing address so that we can create an accurate shipping quote for you.

Video recording, audio recording, and/or live-streaming during author appearances and signings is not possible without prior written permission from the publisher and Parnassus Books.

More about The Rest of the Story

Emma Saylor doesn't remember a lot about her mother, who died when Emma was twelve. 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 that 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?

More about Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels, including Keeping the MoonDreamlandThis LullabyThe Truth about ForeverJust ListenAlong for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. A North Carolina native, Sarah currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.

Event date: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062933621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019