Title: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
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.
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!
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!