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.
Oh My Gawd! This is by far my favourite novel by Sarah Dessen. The Truth About Forever and Lock & Key come a close second third.
The thing with many of Dessen’s novels is that even though people find that they are romance novels, and yes while that aspect is very much present, her stories are about transformation and basically life. Her books hold these fabulous life lessons that actually leaving you pondering and reflecting on your life.
Her characters are by far the most fantastic in this novel. I loved Auden’s vulnerability and at the same time confusion and strength. I loved her as a character. Dessen, has this way with her characters. She makes them so real that you have no choice but to get reeled in head first and fall in love with them all.
So far, i’ve read five of her novels and i’ve been dumbfounded by all of them. When i read her books, i pay close attention to every single detail. I reread each paragraph and let the feeling literally sink in. The settings and the atmosphere that she creates is pure perfection. No other way to put it. They are all real places but somehow she gives them a new life, making them seem completely different from what they might actually appear to be. Like some people see a place under a fluorescent light, but she turns on the neon lights and sees it under that.
It had always been incredibly hard for me to find her books here, and i had got to the point where i could only fantasize about ever reading her books and kill anybody who said they had never heard of her. But i have to say the wait was worth it. Now that her books become available a year or so after their release, i don’t feel angry or sad. Deep down i know the journey i go on every time i read her books and i also know that they leave me wanting more.
When i reached the final chapter and i could tell that the book was coming to an end, i knew i didn’t want it to end. Never. Now i look forward to What Happened to Goodbye and see what Dessen has created there.
This book is my favourite Dessen book so far and i hope all of you grab a copy and see for yourself why. It’s the perfect summer read, even though i clearly got to in the winters. Oops!