Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen

Known for: Writing
Birthday: 1970-06-06 (52 years old)
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Sarah Dessen (born June 6, 1970) is an American novelist who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Born in Illinois, Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her first book, That Summer, was published in 1996. She has since published more than a dozen other novels and novellas. In 2017, Dessen won the Margaret Edwards Award for some of her work. In 2019, Dessen was involved in a public controversy after she criticized (without identifying) a graduate student who had opposed a book of hers in a university reading program. Two of her books were adapted into the 2003 film How to Deal.

Personal Life

Sarah Dessen was born in Evanston, Illinois, on June 6, 1970, to Alan and Cynthia Dessen, who were both professors at the University of North Carolina, teaching Shakespearean literature and classics.As a teenager, Dessen was very shy and quiet. She became involved with a 21-year-old when she was 15 but cut all contact with him shortly after. She has admitted in an interview that "for many years afterward, I took total blame for everything that happened between me and T. After all, I was a bad kid. I did drugs, I lied to my mom. You can't just hang out with a guy and not expect him to get ideas, I told myself. You should have known better. But maybe he should have. When I turned 21, I remember making a point, regularly, to look at teens and ask myself whether I'd want to hang out with them, much less date one. The answer was always a flat, immediate no. They were kids. I was an adult. End of story."Dessen attended Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina, but dropped out not long after to enroll at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, to take classes in creative writing, resulting in her graduating with highest honors.Today Dessen lives Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband Jay and daughter Sasha Clementine.

Early Life

Sarah Dessen was born in Evanston, Illinois, on June 6, 1970, to Alan and Cynthia Dessen, who were both professors at the University of North Carolina, teaching Shakespearean literature and classics.As a teenager, Dessen was very shy and quiet. She became involved with a 21-year-old when she was 15 but cut all contact with him shortly after. She has admitted in an interview that "for many years afterward, I took total blame for everything that happened between me and T. After all, I was a bad kid. I did drugs, I lied to my mom. You can't just hang out with a guy and not expect him to get ideas, I told myself. You should have known better. But maybe he should have. When I turned 21, I remember making a point, regularly, to look at teens and ask myself whether I'd want to hang out with them, much less date one. The answer was always a flat, immediate no. They were kids. I was an adult. End of story."Dessen attended Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina, but dropped out not long after to enroll at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, to take classes in creative writing, resulting in her graduating with highest honors.Today Dessen lives Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband Jay and daughter Sasha Clementine.

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Known for
Writing

Gender
Female

Birthday
1970-06-06 (52 years old)

Place of birth
Evanston, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

Awards
Margaret Edwards Award

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