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A New York Times bestseller Up all night. 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...
A New York Times bestseller Up all night. 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...
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  • A New York Times bestseller

    Up all night.


    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. . . .

    "As with all Dessen's books, [this] is a must-have" —VOYA, starred review

    Also by Sarah Dessen:
    Dreamland
    Just Listen
    Keeping the Moon
    Lock and Key
    The Moon and More
    Someone Like You
    That Summer
    This Lullaby
    The Truth About Forever
    What Happened to Goodbye

 

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  • DOGO Books ikyra_marie - This book is about a teenage girl named Auden who's parents are divorced and she has to go to spend her summer with her dad and stepmom with their colicky baby who wouldn't stop crying the minute auden walked through their door.I love how Auden develops a relashionship and gets closer with her Dad and her stepmom, caring for the baby....Great book, I recommend it.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 27, 2009
    Studious good girl Auden, named for the poet, makes a snap decision to spend her summer before college at her father's beach house rather than with her mother, a professor whose bad habits include male grad students. Auden's parents divorced three years earlier, a split she's not yet over. Her remarried father has already produced another heir, a colicky baby named Thisbe (after a tragic figure from Shakespeare), with his young wife, Heidi, who owns a boutique. Feeling sympathy for stressed-out Heidi, Auden agrees to do the shop's bookkeeping, providing her with an instant social circle—the teenage clerks plus the boys from the neighboring bike rental, including hunky, wounded Eli. Both night owls, Auden and Eli bond when he coaxes her to experience childhood activities—bowling, food fights, learning to ride a bike—that her insufferable parents never bothered to provide. Auden's thoughtful observations make for enjoyable reading—this is solid if not “top shelf” Dessen: another summer of transformation in which the heroine learns that growing up means “propelling yourself forward, into whatever lies ahead, one turn of the wheel at a time.” Ages 12–up.

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    Starred review from June 1, 2009
    Gr 8 Up-It's the summer before college and Auden goes to her father's house in the small coastal town of Colby for some well-earned R&R. Having no plans other than to preread textbooks for her first-semester classes at Defriese University, the would-be bookworm's solitude is quickly disrupted by Thisbe, her colicky new half sister. Strolling the boardwalk with a fussy baby and late night coffee runs at the Gas/Gro lead to chance encounters with the locals, whose main pastime revolves around Colby's bike park. Auden's curiosity is piqued by Eli, a bike-shop worker whose reserved, solitary nature seems to match her own. Her social sphere widens when Heidi, her sleep-deprived stepmom, asks for some bookkeeping help in her fashion boutique, and Auden is drawn into the circle of girls who work and hang out there, including Maggie, the clerk also bound for Defriese in September, and sidekicks Leah and Esther. Auden joins in on evening rituals of "store-going," eating junk food, and house parties while keeping her budding relationship with Eli to herself. Even Dessen's minor characters are multifaceted and interesting. Readers will be most absorbed by Auden and Eli's romantic friendship, the type soul mates are born of, played out in the bike shop, Colby's all-night Laundromat, and coffee shops. This summer vacation-themed story will be savored."Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY"

    Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    January 21, 2010
    Good girl Auden hid from the emotional fallout of her parents' divorce by immersing herself in academics, eschewing messy relationships. Now her father has a new wife and baby and has asked her to spend the summer by the sea. Against all logic (and her mother's urgings), she decides to go for a visit. There she finds friends, a boy, and the courage finally to get on a bike and ride. Love-o-meter: Sweet-and-low. Dessen has made a career of writing books about complicated girls who meet slightly tortured guys and become better people. Yes, there is kissing, but there is more space dedicated to the girlfriends who teach Auden how to wear a good pair of jeans. The girl power is reminiscent of a Susan Elizabeth Philips novel, without the warm parts to blush through.-Angelina Benedetti, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA

    Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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