My Thoughts On Along For The Ride

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Title: Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

 

About The Book

Along for the Ride

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.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

– From Goodreads


My Thoughts

My Rating: 4/5 stars!

The thing about Sarah Dessen is that her books are so addictive. You basically inhale them.

I read Along for the Ride just after Just Listen, which was strange because I almost never read two contemporaries in a row (unless it’s a series). But that’s what I love about these books: It’s so easy to read and you end up feeling so happy.

Like all Sarah Dessen books (at least the three I’ve read), Along for the Ride is about the protagonists journey towards self discovery (and the friends she makes along the way and blah blah blah).

Auden decides to stay with her father during the summer after her high school graduation to get a taste of ‘normal’ life. She went to this school which only focused on academics and her mom was also strict and had basically planned out Auden’s entire life. She feels she missed out on a lot of things, never had the ‘normal’ childhood experiences.

What I loved about Along for the Ride is the characters and their development. It was interesting to see how Auden’s opinion of her mom, dad and stepmother changed slowly over the course of the book.

The only problem I had was how the plot and characters were a bit similar to Dessen’s other books.

The story as a whole was heart-warming and sweet. It made me laugh and made me giddy. I would definitely recommend it!

4 stars


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Have you read Along for the Ride? Did you like it? Do you plan to? Have you read any other Sarah Dessen books? Tell me in the comments!

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TBR Update August 2018

Hey guys!

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Do you ever feel crushed by your TBR? Does your neck hurt because you’ve been avoiding looking at your TBR? Do you feel the judging eyes staring at you from the abyss where you’ve abandoned your TBR?

Yep. We are more than halfway through the year and the amount of reading I’ve done is shameful. 2018 started out amazing. I read 10 books in January. It started going downhill from there…

Anyway, I still have five months and I’m going to read as much as I can. So I thought I’ll make a proper list of books I want to read before 2019. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally get some reading done!


  1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

I know I don’t talk about it enough but I FREAKING LOVE Six of Crows. I believe it’s one of the best series ever written and YA Fantasy can never top that.

It has heists! Murder! Waffles! Wicked characters! Romance that slowly rips your heart out! What else do you need in a book? I know not everybody will like it, but for me the Six of Crows duology is perfection!

Six of Crows is a spin-off to The Grisha Trilogy, which I’ve been planning to read ever since I fell in love with Bardugo’s world. Plus, King of Scars comes out in 2019 and I need to be up to date on the whole story. So the Shadow and Bone Trilogy tops this list.

2. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)

I read My Lady Jane in 2016 and LOVED it so much! It was action packed and so goddamn hilarious. I had thought it was a standalone, but a sequel was announced and I was so happy!

My Plain Jane is a fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre*. From the blurb, this sounds exciting and so much fun!

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

* I haven’t read Jane Eyre in such a long time, I don’t even remember the story lol. I’ll probably have to read that too.

3. Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman is one of my favourite movies and I LOVE Leigh Bardugo. So, a Wonder Woman book by Leigh Bardugo? AHHHH sign me up!

I know this came out a year ago and I planned to read it right away. But I kept on procrastinating! I do want to read it by the end of this year, after the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. I just know this is going to be badass!


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What books do you plan to read next? have you read any of the books on my list? Do you plan to? Also, do you make TBR’s every month? Tell me in the comments!

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My Thoughts on Just Listen

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Title: Just Listen

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

About The Book

Just Listen

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

– From Goodreads


My Thoughts

My Rating: 4/5 stars!

My second Sarah Dessen book and I almost loved it as much as I did the first one. The Truth About Forever is one of my favourites and I’ve always wanted to read more from her.

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Books That Made Me Laugh

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Top Three Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Acosyreader.

Hey guys!

Welcome to another Top Three Thursday! This week’s topic is ‘Books that made me laugh’. Also check out Mel’s post on acosyreader.

I really love doing this because it made me realise how much I’m missing out. Like last time I noticed I haven’t read that many books with memorable animals. This week, I realised there aren’t a lot of books that made me really laugh.

So these are my top 3 books that made me laugh. And I really want to read more funny books, so give me some suggestions!

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My Favourite Literary Animals

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Top Three Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Acosyreader.

Hey guys!

Welcome to another Top Three Thursday! This is a fairly new meme hosted by @acosyreader. So please participate!

This week, I’ll be listing my favourite fictional animals!

And while doing this, I just realised I haven’t read that many books with memorable animals? I will need to rectify that soon. So don’t forget to tell me your favourite fictional animals so that I can check them out!

1.Grimalkin from The Iron Fey series

So Grimalkin doesn’t exactly look like this but it’s how I imagine him in my head. He is a cait sith and helps our main characters in The Iron Fey series. What I love about Grimalkin is how he doesn’t really care about anything. He comes and goes as he pleases, is sarcastic and really done with the characters’ bullshit. He is the highlight of the series and I hope you check them out!

2. Cerberus from Percy Jackson series

I know Cerberus is supposed to be this big scary three headed dog that guards the gates of hell. But after Percy Jackson, this is how I imagine them in my head. Cerberus is so adorable in the series and Annabeth trying to get past them was one of my favourite scenes!

3. Niffler from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Niffler was my favourite part of Fantastic Beasts. It’s so adorable! Everytime Niffler was on screen I was like ‘Awww…’ and my heart basically exploded with the cuteness!

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So these are my favourite literary animals. Which are yours? Do we have any in common? Tell me in the comments below!

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