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.
Studious good girl Auden, named for the poet, makes a snap decision to spend her summer before college at her father's beach house rather than with her mother, a professor whose bad habits include male grad students. Auden's parents divorced three years earlier, a split she's not yet over. Her remarried father has already produced another heir, a colicky baby named Thisbe (after a tragic figure from Shakespeare), with his young wife, Heidi, who owns a boutique. Feeling sympathy for stressed-out Heidi, Auden agrees to do the shop's bookkeeping, providing her with an instant social circle-the teenage clerks plus the boys from the neighboring bike rental, including hunky, wounded Eli. Both night owls, Auden and Eli bond when he coaxes her to experience childhood activities-bowling, food fights, learning to ride a bike-that her insufferable parents never bothered to provide. Auden's thoughtful observations make for enjoyable reading-this is solid if not "top shelf" Dessen: another summer of transformation in which the heroine learns that growing up means "propelling yourself forward, into whatever lies ahead, one turn of the wheel at a time." Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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1 . great
Posted August 11, 2011 by savannah , bci love all the book sarah dessen writes.
2 . i loved this book!
Posted September 18, 2010 by amaila , binghamtonthis book was amazing! sarah dessen has always been one of my favorite authors,and this book was awesome. i loved that auden wasnt a perfect girl and that she had problems of her own because that makes the book easier to relate to. i a lso loved how eli and auden were both able to help eachother over come things in their own life. this was an awesome book that i would recommend to anyone.
3 . My second Sarah Dessen book
Posted April 13, 2010 by patricia , Moreno Valley CAvery good book.
4 . MY FIRST DESSEN LOVE
Posted March 16, 2010 by Alexandra , MAThis book was the first Dessen book that i wanted to read. i loved it! I loved how Auden wasnt a normal teenage girl but how she had her own lifestyle. I loved Eli form the beginning to the end. Alwayse mysterious but in a way, just liike Auden. The secrets we discover and the guilt is slowly discoverable in this book. Auden learns to realize that there is more then meets the eye of the people around her.
5 . A good read
Posted December 30, 2009 by Alicia , AndoverThis was a really great read. I really felt like I understood what Auden was going through, even though I am personally nothing like the character. Parts of the book almost seemed like they were going to be predictable - until the story took a turn completely from what I expected it to, which I liked. Her friendship with Eli seemed completely natural rather than forced, which kept me interested in the story line. I recommend this book.
6 . ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!
Posted June 16, 2009 by Sarah , Wichta, KSI LOVE Sarah Dessen's books. This one is my favorite thought. It was so good. Some parts were extremely funny. I loved it because it was funny, and things in the books happen in REAL life. Her books are relatable. Especially to people me own age. This one is her best book yet, ENJOY
June 15, 2009
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