Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young-Adult Fiction/Coming of Age
Publication Date: June 11, 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
Date Scoot Read: August 2010
Scoot's Rating: 7 - Enjoyed most of it.
Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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.
Scoot's Review: I enjoyed the majority of this book. It was well written and Sarah Dessen does a great job with building her characters. Each character had their own distinct personality. I loved the Eli and Auden moments in the book. I enjoyed their chemistry and the flare those scenes added to the otherwise dull life of Auden. However, there were times when I was a little bored with the story and was ready for it to either pick up the pace or just end. Auden herself frustrated me, she was mature for her age in some ways and in other ways very shallow. In the end I was happy with the overall storyline. The writing was clear, smooth and flowed well. This is the first novel by Sarah Dessen I have read and I did enjoy it enough to check out some of her other novels.