It’s been so long since Auden slept at night, ever since her parents’ divorce and 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.
About the book
It was the first Sarah Dessen book I have ever read. To me, Auden’s mom thoughts on people were one of the things that brought me to keep reading, followed by the strong and nice relationship between the girls in the shop.
After all, it was just a cute summer romance.
“It was so weird, because usually I was totally nervous talking to guys. But Eli was different. He made me want to say more, not less. Which was maybe not a good thing.”