READ A NONFICTION BOOK
I wanted so much more from this reading experience. I expected to feel a kinship with the author, feel like what he was saying were all the things I've been thinking. And most of what he wrote was engaging and struck a cord with me. It just failed to connect in a meaningful and lasting away. Part of the problem was that I had to stop every other page and pull out a dictionary. It's a good thing to have an expansive vocabulary but I felt it didn't fit with what the book was trying to be. It made me feel mentally fatigued. I just wanted the book to be over.
READ A BOOK FROM A YEAR-END BEST OF LIST (from 2009)
I forgot how much I loved Dessen's novels. She is one of the best YA authors ever. Her books just get me. I loved Auden, she's a great protagonist. I related to her struggles of finding a balance between the person she thinks she needs to be and who she actually is. A summer trip to her father's helps her discover a new side to herself. She has to deal with social interactions, a love interest, and her parent's shortcomings all at once. It's a rough adjustment period but Auden holds her own against it all. If Dessen ever wanted to revisit her as an adult, I'd be down to read that.