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.
What i thought: Typical Dessen love story, with its own personality. Need i remind you, i went into this novel with thoughts of my last Dessen read, Keeping the Moon, in mind, so i was not expecting much. (click here to read my review. laina likes snarky reviews).
Eli's mysterious personality had me from the beginning, and i loved Hollis. Maggie and the other girls at Clementines were sweet and your typical gossipy--yet still not completely girly--friends, and Adam was hilarious. I feel the character development in this novel was very well done, and by the last page, each character had their own unique personality.
The main thing i enjoyed about this novel was that it was so easy for me to relate to. The insomnia, the divorce, the half sibling . . . i've got that going. I found most of Dessen's descriptions of Auden's feelings regarding the divorce very easy for me to appertain to. The one thing i did not understand was how suddenly Auden overcame the insomnia--because, for me, its not happening. I very easily understood Auden and her mother not wanting to talk about all of the emotional stuff, because that's something i never do either. Auden's lack of social history helped me understand her actions and thoughts better, as while i am not socially retarded, i definately would much rather spend my weekends and school nights at home reading and studying and reviewing then going out with friends.
And, ironically enough, i just read the last one hundred or so pages during my latest insomnia episode. As a matter of fact, its 2:15 AM right now, and all i want is a glass of OJ and some early breakfast, because i am getting REALLY BORED. Sadly, my mom would kill me if she found out i was awake (I keep on tellling her its not my fault . . . she doesnt listen) which would be inevitable if i went in the kitchen right now. plus, its a bit early for a glass of OJ, even for me. i'll HOPEFULLY be asleep by four thirty at least though, (amazingly enough i think i'll be able to fall asleep, which is really weird . . .) as my dad is coming to pick my sisters and i up for some quality father-daughter time at eleven i think.
But, now that i think about it, i'm not so sure Auden has insomnia. Because she just stays up, drinks a ton of coffee, and then crashes. Which is some other sleeping disorder, as far as i am concerned.
Back to the review, while i did thoroughly enjoy reading this book, i think it lacked a certain something her other books have. I cant pinpoint it exactly, but something's missing. Either way, i give this book . . . drum roll please . . . an A! I just dont think Dessen can top Lock and Key.
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