smartchick.nina, February 1, 2011 (view all comments by smartchick.nina)
When I first picked this book up, with its mostly-pink cover and cute font, I was wary at first of another superficial teen romance. But when I read it, I was really surprised. More than just a book for girls, Sarah Dessen fleshed out the characters so that I loved them. I understood Auden and felt the struggles of her story. The metaphors of the book were fresh and new. I loved this book... it was like a refreshing drink of water in a world too-altogether populated with shallow teen fiction.
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Beren, June 30, 2009 (view all comments by Beren)
This is one of Dessen's best--the characters are deep, the problems complex, and the message that people are not what they seem on the outside and can change is a positive one. My only complaint is the romance between the main character, Auden, and Eli, an insomniac bike rider who teaches Auden about fun. There is no spark between the characters so that we, the readers, really want to root for them. Sarah Dessen typically paints interesting portraits of teenage boys, I wish Eli was more charismatic, so I could say he was as good as the rest of the book.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Following her parents' bitter divorce, Auden has the chance to spend the summer with her dad and his new family in a charming beach town. There she meets Eli, and together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree life she's been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
A New York Times bestseller
Up all night.
Nights have always been Audens time, her chance to escape everything thats going on around her.
Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.
Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen. . . .
As with all Dessens books, [this] is a must-have” —VOYA, starred review
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
The last night of summer is only the beginning.
Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it's obvious to both of them that this is something real.
But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?
Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.
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