The Rest of the Story OverviewThe Rest of the Story is a coming-of-age novel by Sarah Dessen, written for young adults. The narrative chronicles the journey of Emma Saylor Payne, a 17-year-old girl who struggles with her identity and her relationship to her parents. Her mother was a drug addict who died of an overdose when Emma was ten years old. Seven years later, Emma has still not fully grieved her mother's death. During the course of the narrative, Emma finds her identity by realizing that she embodies good points from both her father’s and her mother’s sides of the family. She learns the true meaning of being a member of a family, and she discovers how to properly grieve for her mother’s death. The novel explores themes of grief, identity, love, social class, and family.
The The Rest of the Story Study Pack contains:
The Rest of the Story Study Guide
Sarah Dessen Biographies (1)
2,728 words, approx. 10 pages
"I always think that I get the best parts of myself from what my friends have taught me about strength and loyalty and spirit," Sarah Dessen reflected in Dream/Girl Online Digest. Childhood and classm...