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I cannot believe it is June 1st. How is that possible?

May was, honestly, a blur. A blur of books, and traveling, and signing my name, and being very nervous about reviews and what my readers would think, and then having nice things said, which was, well, nice, and then more airplanes and fun rides with sales reps and then home and more readings, and more readings and now…..it’s June.

Time to take a big breath, I think. Let’s do it together, shall we?

*takes deeeeep breath*

That feels good. Doesn’t it? Anyway, I’m pleased that everything with the book has gone well, and today I found on this review, which I’d already seen part of, but it makes me very happy:

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Macy, 16, witnessed her father’s death, but has never figured out how to mourn. Instead, she stays in control-good grades, perfect boyfriend, always neat and tidy-and tries to fake her way to normal. Then she gets a job at Wish Catering. It is run by pregnant, forgetful Delia and staffed by her nephews, Bert and Wes, and her neighbors Kristy and Monica. “Wish” was named for Delia’s late sister, the boys’ mother. Working and eventually hanging out with her new friends, Macy sees what it’s like to live an unprescripted lifestyle, from dealing with kitchen fires to sneaking out at night, and slowly realizes it’s not so bad to be human. Wes and Macy play an ongoing game of Truth and share everything from gross-outs to what it feels like to watch someone you love die. They fall in love by talking, and the author sculpts them to full dimension this way. All of Dessen’s characters, from Macy, who narrates to the bone, to Kristy, whose every word has life and attitude, to Monica, who says almost nothing but oozes nuance, are fully and beautifully drawn. Their dialogue is natural and believable, and their care for one another is palpable. The prose is fueled with humor-the descriptions of Macy’s dad’s home-shopping addiction are priceless, as is the goofy bedlam of catering gigs gone bad-and as many good comedians do, Dessen uses it to throw light onto darker subjects. Grief, fear, and love set the novel’s pace, and Macy’s crescendo from time-bomb perfection to fallible, emotional humanity is, for the right readers, as gripping as any action adventure.-Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

So that’s nice. Have I mentioned how much I love librarians?

In other news, my last two readings here in Chapel Hill went really well. On Sunday I had a big crowd at Branch’s (which really surprised me, as it was a Sunday of a holiday weekend) and on Saturday I had a great reading at McIntrye’s, where I met Kimberly, who had come all the way from Georgia to see me read. She was on the true Sarah Dessen Experience Tour (if such a thing were to really exist): she toured UNC, ate at the Flying Burrito (and got a T-shirt!) and came out to see me in Pittsboro, where she brought me a Frappucino, because she knew that I liked them. Which was so nice it almost brought me to tears. So sweet! I have pictures, so as soon as my scanner arrives (maybe today!) I’ll post them. And thanks, Kimberly, and Kimberly’s parents, who came along for the ride. The support is much appreciated.

Now, I find myself with time, time, finally, in these last few days of my thirty-third year. So I’m heading out today to run errands (not so fun) see movies (fun!) and not think about writing or books. At least for a couple of hours.

Thanks again for everyone who came out over this last month to support me and the book. You guys are the best!

have a good day everyone….