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The Rest of the Story
Author Sarah Dessen
Publication Order
Preceded by
Once and For All
Followed by

The Rest of the Story is the fourteenth book written by Sarah Dessen.

Once and For All
Author Sarah Dessen
Publication Order
Preceded by
Saint Anything
Followed by
The Rest of the Story


Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she 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—her grandmother and cousins 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 divided into two people as well. 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 will win out?


Emma Saylor's father is planning to go to a honeymoon with his new wife, meanwhile leaving his daughter at ne of her BFF's (Bridget's) Place. However, due to some emergency, the plan gets canceled last minute and eventually she decided to be left at her maternal grandmother (Mimi's) house. There,


Emma Saylor Payne

Christopher "Roo" Price

Bailey Blackwood

Trinity Blackwood



Mimi Calvander

Jack Blackwood

Celeste Blackwood

Anna Gordon

Waverly Payne

Dr. Matthew Payne

Dr. Tracy Feldman

Nana Payne









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William the wedding planner from Once and For All is at Emma Saylor's dad's wedding ("One of the wedding planners, a dapper man named William...")

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Colby (Along for the Ride) is mentioned during the looming tropical storm.

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Spinnerbait (This Lullaby) is mentioned to be playing on the 4th at the Pavilion

Sarah's Words from Sarahland []