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Dessen has built a well-deserved reputation for delicately depicting teen girls in turmoil. Her latest title showcases a socially awkward young woman who seeks solace in the comforting rigidity of academic success. Auden is about to start college in the fall, and decides to escape her control-freak professor mom to spend the summer with her novelist father, his new young wife, and their brand-new baby daughter, Thisbe. Over the course of the summer, Auden tackles many new projects: learning to ride a bike, making real connections with peers, facing the emotional fallout of her parents’ divorce, distancing herself from her mother, and falling in love with Eli, a fellow insomniac bicyclist recovering from his own traumas. The cover may mislead readers, as despite the body language of the girl in pink and the hunky blue-jeaned boy balanced on a bike, this is no slight romance: there’s real substance here. Dessen’s many fans will not be deterred by the length or that cover; they expect nuanced, subtle writing, and they won’t be disappointed. Grades 9-12. --Debbie Carton
"Beautifully captures that sense of summer as a golden threshold between past regrets and future unknowns." -The Washington PostSee all Editorial Reviews
I read this book over and over again because it reminds me of the perfect summer fantasy .
It is a great book and for the people who are looking for a wonderfully sappy... Read more
This was an enjoyable teenage romance about a girls summer with her dad, stepmom, baby sister and small town locals. A quick read.Published 14 days ago by R. Fitch
Every summer I make sure I have a Sarah Dessen book in my hand. This was the first book I ever read from her and it was amazing. Such a great summer read. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Chelsi Darling
I love this book and wanted to give it to my friend for her birthday but my copy did not have a book cover. That was kind of a bummer.Published 29 days ago by Stephanie S.
This novel was everything I love about Sarah Dessen. It is all about summertime and first love and family and a chance to make a fresh start. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Miss Riki
I have a real difficulty with writing this review.
On one hand I really liked the book. As usual, i liked to see how the main character changes, how she starts to accept... Read more