It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.
Wherever I go, I see Sarah Dessen. EVERYONE is talking about her novels, she’s all over Twitter, and whenever I see her little avatar, or see someone else read a book of hers on Goodreads, I ask myself why I haven’t read any of her books. So I finally decided to change that and grabbed the first book of hers that I saw on the library shelf. I was VERY glad to have done that!
This book was a very special book. The instant I started reading it, I was reminded of books by Morgan Matson, John Green, and Stephanie Perkins – all authors I love – and really didn’t want to stop reading. I loved the characters, the setting, and the fact that it wasn’t a light book about going away for the summer. The characters were complex and complicated and the whole situation of the story made me very uncomfortable at times.
I loved Auden’s character and how she was so normal. There were times I wanted her to just SAY SOMETHING to numerous characters, but she was normal. Not everything happens how I want it to happen. There were also times I hated her parents, especially her father, but I rolled with it and let Auden figure things out on her own. I loved seeing her character change and grow. I loved that she had to figure out that not everything and not everyone is what and who they seem.
And can I just say that I LOVE summer books? It might be winter where I am, but a summer book is ALWAYS welcome.
By the time I finished reading the book I wanted more. I wished it was longer! I am so intrigued by Sarah Dessen’s writing and can’t wait to read more of her books. I’ve heard that the books can be kind of similar, but I kind of like that. I’m very eager to pick up another one!
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