I have written about other authors now, saying how they taught me how to write and how to feel and all of that. And I love all of them and never lied about anything I said. But none of them hold a candle to Sarah Dessen.
I was in high school when I read my first Sarah Dessen book, The Truth About Forever. And I was blown away by how she made me feel what Macy was feeling. I was there. I was in the book. And it was confusing and terrifying and none of it made sense – just like teenage emotions. Since then, I have absorbed most of her other books like sponges (although I haven’t read either of her two newest – I’ll have time to catch up on all of these books one of these days, I swear!), and it has made me want to write like her. Because she gets it. She really, truly gets it.
Being a teenage girl sucks. And Sarah Dessen understands how to turn that into a good story.
The way she captures the emotions of a character is what is so intriguing to me. She has a way of making everything that a teenage girl is thinking make sense to readers who aren’t feeling that anymore. Especially when it comes to boys. The decisions of teenage girls when it comes to boys seem a little random a lot of the time, but Sarah Dessen makes them real to readers.
I can’t explain it any better than that. But I’ve been trying to write teenage girls for years, and Ms. Dessen is always who I am trying to emulate. She’s wonderful. She writes characters so so so well. I love her, and I can’t wait until I have time to catch up on the books she has published in the last couple of years.
I can definitely tell you that I’m sure the characters are flawlessly written.