Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride
By: Sarah Dessen
Source: Purchased E-book
Released: June 11, 2009
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend." (Summary from

Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride is the story of Auden who became an insomniac while her parents were going through a divorce. Auden spent the majority of her childhood studying to impress her parents who are both professors. However, Auden soon realizes just how much she has missed out on when she spends the summer in a new town with her father and his new wife. While out late one night she meets Eli who is also an insomniac and he helps teach her how to live life as she helps him cope with the death of his best friend.

Along for the Ride was a great and quick story about living life. Dessen vividly created the town in such detail that I could picture it perfectly as I read. Each of the characters are interesting and all develop at a steady pace throughout the story.

Auden is a character that I sympathized with because she has grown up working so hard to impress her parents that she does not know how to act around teenagers her own age. By the end of the story Auden has grown a great deal and discovers much about herself. Eli is a bit of a mysterious character at first but I instantly couldn't wait to learn more about. One of my favorite characters turned out to be Maggie who was surprisingly much smarter than she looked and became a great friend to Auden. I recommend Along for the Ride because it is a relatable story about discovering who you are.

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1 comment:

  1. I've had this novel for a while, so I'm glad to finally find a review on it. I think I'm going to have to read it soon. Thanks for the review. ;)


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