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.
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: June 16, 2009
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
My Rating: 4/5
Auden is a high school graduate, off to a great university after the summer. She decides to spend her summer with her dad. And that completely changes her life. She does not know how to be social, is shy and a bit of an introvert. She is perceived as rude, arrogant etc. Which I related to a lot since it was the same for me as a teenager and still is at times.
You will love every single person in this book. From Leah, Adam to Wallace. They are all funny, rich in character and great friends. They have all grown up in the same town, with each other.
My facourite character was Maggie. Dessen surprises you with all the different layers and sides that Maggie has. She is a treat to read. This is one character that will surprise you.
Here is why I enjoyed this book. First of all, the concept that the main characters had insomnia and stayed up all night doing different things was right up my alley. For some of you, this may sound creepy. But I found it lovely. Like Auden says, “In bright light, what you did would not make sense. But as the sun goes down, it just fits.”
One of the concept portrayed beautifully was that you don’t necessarily have to fit in one category. You can have a pretty face and an intelligent brain. You can do flips on bikes but not be able to solve a math sum. Or you can apply foundation but not bake cookies. I related a lot with this concept.
This was definitely one of my favourite Sarah Dessen reads.
It wasn’t available in my local bookstore so I read it online. Unfortunately, I have forgotten from where I downloaded it.
But do read it. And tell me which character you liked best ? 😀