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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a Netflix film!

From the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of Once and For All.

Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.

Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.

Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen...

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.
 

Books by Sarah Dessen:

  • That Summer
  • Someone Like You
  • Keeping the Moon
  • Dreamland
  • This Lullaby
  • The Truth About Forever
  • Just Listen
  • Lock and Key
  • Along for the Ride
  • What Happened to Goodbye
  • The Moon and More
  • Saint Anything
  • Once and for All
©2009 Sarah Dessen (P)2009 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully captures that sense of summer as a golden threshold between past regrets and future unknowns." (The Washington Post)

“As with all Dessen’s books, [this] is a must-have” (VOYA, starred review)

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Not a romance story

The description of this book led me to believe it was a romance. Not even close. It's about a girl coming to grips with her parent's divorce and their new relationships. Just when I thought the romance might build- I was let down. There is little to no description of characters so it was impossible for me to visualize them.
The narrator has a squeaky voice. And, like another reviewer mentioned, takes awkward pauses. Not just in dialogue, but at random times. I thought it was the end of a chapter a couple times.

I wish I hadn't wasted my credit on this pick.

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Not Just "Chick-Lit"

I've read several books by Sarah Dessen, and this one is my favorite so far. The main character, Auden, is smart, and I love intelligent female characters. She's decided to spend the summer between graduation from high school and her first year at college with her father in a beach resort town. This new location and the people who come into her life there make this summer one of change and transition for Auden. Usually a loner, she starts to reach out and make friends, including a boyfriend. She's forming new relationships with her stepmother and step sister. Most important, she's confronting her own feelings about her parents' divorce.
This book has realistic characters and situations. It gets the reader to consider relationships among family members and friends, as well as how people can or cannot change.

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Great book, pretty good narrator

This is turning out to be a great book. I haven't finished it yet but I had to write a review because of the narrator. The narrator is great but when she does dialogue sometimes she makes these long pauses when she switches characters. I keep thinking the audio is cutting out. It is kind of annoying but otherwise the narrator is really good and the book is fun to listen to.

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An Amazing story

one of my favorite stories and very well read. its very close to my heart.

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Great in conjunction with reading for saving time

I used the audiobook to help me finish the book within a day. For that purpose it was good. The narrator is “cuter” than I would have casted, but I grew to like her voice. The pauses in the recording should have been edited out for sure. Nice story and characters and I really liked the experience of reading and listening to this book! Made me want to read more of Sarah Dessen.

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Took a while to settle into the narrator

The story was, as usual, well done, difficult & painful. I had trouble with Ms Botchan's reading as I found it sounding a tiny bit too young for the MC (but I did get used to it so that's probably on me). The primary issue I had was the cadence. The pauses were at times, seeming inappropriate & most definitely WAY too long for the most part. However, this book is well worth the read, be it print or aural.

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Great

This is an old favorite of mine from high school and it definitely held up. The narrator’s voice fit the story perfectly and didn’t distract at all.

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Super cute and sweet

I loved this book so much. I finished it in a week! I really appreciated the sweetness and innocence of it all. It was just lovely

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A feel good original

I enjoyed the story, the character is very likeable, and encounters a lot of social problems in her life. A great perspective on people who have no social instincts and seem to be conceited. 9/10, would read again (the reader for this book sounds exactly like Mika kunis)

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Pretty Good

I loved the story and the voice was pretty clear, but like many audio books, it was far too slow. I sped it up to 1.25x speed, but any slower was too slow and any faster distorted the voice. I had to read this for a book project and I waited for the last minute, so listening for 12 hours as I multitasked got fairly repetitive and annoying. Lol.