New York, NY: Penguin, 2009. Print.
Annotation: Auden gets a chance to recapture the carefree teen life she missed while her parents were going through a divorce when she goes to spend the summer with her dad and his new family in a charming beach town and meets fellow insomniac Eli, an intriguing loner fighting demons of his own.
Booktalk: What does one find to do in a small little coastal town all during the night? Well there is definitely the Gas/Gro for coffee and snacks but Auden doesn’t consider herself a store-goer. We are going to follow Auden, an insomniac overachiever who doesn’t really know how to let loose, live, have fun. Her ambitions for achievements in academia make less favorable abilities to connect with people. She is not sure what to do with the summer after she graduates high school and before she starts her freshman year at a prestigious university. So, on a whim rather than stay at home with her overbearing, intellectual, egotistical mother, she decides to visit her father, his new wife, and her new baby sister in the beach town of Colby. When she packs, she fills an entire suitcase with her textbooks to get an early start on college reading– because that’s the kind of girl Auden is, but that’s not who she’ll be at the end of the summer. With the help of Eli, another loner and fellow night owl that becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests. Auden will learn to just go along for the ride.
Honors & Awards
YALSA Pick for Teen’s Top Ten 2010 No.7
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YA voice: Jayrn age 14
I love to read "Chick Lit"! To be honest I am a huge girly girl! I love the drama and the humor in it. It covers every day things so sometimes I get good advice on girl things. But overall the romance and the humanity of it draws me.