Second Sarah Dessen book. And I loved it. I really love the way Dessen writes. None of her characters are perfect. All flawed. And it makes it more realistic. No one is perfect and it makes a character hard to relate to if they seem to have everything put together. Auden and Eli don't have it all together. Far from it, and it makes the characters such a treat to read about.
I really felt for Auden through this book. Both her mother and father seem to be jerks. Yes, jerks. Auden's mother wants her to be study driven only with only the casualness of relationships, friends or boyfriends, thinking it is better to never make any real connections in life with people. While her father, on the other hand, is being selfish in the way he is living with his new family. He can't help with the baby for this or that reason, while Heidi, unfortunately, seems to fall into a deep depression because of that. And all in the middle is Auden. The girl doesn't have it easy!
I don't know if this seems to be a theme with Sarah Dessen books, since I have only read two, but like The Truth about Forever, I like the idea that these two broken people are what each other needs to finally heal. To get back on that bike, so to speak. Beautifully written.
This was an audiobook for me and I really liked the reader. I didn't care for her male voices at first. But about halfway through I kind of forgot to notice and was just able to lose myself in the story. It was a great book to listen to.
Overall, it was a fantastic book. Funny, great characters, great plot, it just doesn't get much better than this! I highly recommend both the book and the author for a great read. All I am wondering now is, what took me so long to try out Dessen's books?