rating: 4 of 5 stars
"I went away for the summer, fell in love, and everything changed. It's the oldest story in the world." (p. 337)
It may be the oldest story in the world, but of course Sarah Dessen makes it feel fresh and new. Auden grew up too fast thanks to parents who fought all the time and the academic drive she inherited from/did to please her mother. Visiting her father (and his new wife and baby) during the summer before college in the small beach town of Colby, she meets Eli, a boy haunted by his past. Eli and Auden, both insomniacs, begin to spend their sleepless nights together wandering the town of Colby and eventually helping Auden complete childhood experiences she missed the first time around. Sub-plots abound and are all richly explored. Another fabulous book by Sarah Dessen! A must-read for teens who have ever enjoyed one of her other books or for anyone who likes teen romance books that are fully developed.
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48 hr personal challenge UPDATE: 12.5 hours read/listened
# books finished: 4