Louna is a high school senior who has spent most of her life working in her mother's wedding planning business. As college approaches, she finds herself more than ready to escape the bridezillas, anxious mothers, and out-of-control wedding parties. While Natalie Barrett Weddings are known for their style, professionalism, and attention to detail, Louna and her mother are confronted with an AWOL groomsman at Eve Little's third wedding. Dispatched to find the missing Ambrose, Louna discovers him "...leaning into a curvy Indian girl...," (28) and they manage to clash quickly as she drags him back to the festivities.
Soon after, Louna's mom is convinced to hire Ambrose for the summer in order to keep him out of trouble. And whether she likes it or not, Louna is thrown into the role of showing him the "wedding planning ropes." Yet, despite her immediate dislike of Ambrose's bravado, his mere presence manages to heal the heartache that she has felt since Ethan. That story of a perfect night when she met the perfect guy, unfolds gradually throughout the novel, so the Louna's character is slowly developed through revealing flashbacks. Natalie Barrett, Louna, her best friend Jilly, William, and Ambrose are all flawed characters who manage to embrace life and love wherever they can find it.
Dessen, Sarah. Once and for All: A Novel. London, England: Penguin, 2017. Print.