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Monday, June 15, 2009

Book Review- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
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.

Dessen doesn't disappoint with her newest novel Along for the Ride, released tomorrow. I loved reading this book and it was just so compelling. Auden is a wonderful character full of depth and it was interesting reading about her relationships with everyone around her and how they changed from beginning to end, especially the one with her stepmother Heidi. I liked seeing Auden and Eli connect during their many nights out together and it was great to see the variety of things they got up to during their time together. It made for a fun little adventure. What also made this fun was sharing the book with my roommate, who read this at the same time as me (we switched off every couple days), and how much she enjoyed it. I think I've created another Dessen fan, hehe. Anyway, Dessen's prose is just so understated and simple and flows so well- it really fits the kinds of stories she wants to tell. Definitely a must-read.

Tomorrow, I'm going to see Sarah Dessen at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC with my roommate and I'm so excited! It's gonna be such a fun evening taking a road trip with my roomie and also seeing Sarah again. :) Will have a recap with a video and pics hopefully on Wednesday!


  1. Oooh, you get to see Sarah!! Yay!!! I"m hoping to meet her in Chicago at ALA next month. Can't wait!

  2. I am insanely jealous that you get to go see Sarah. I would probably pee my pants if I was able to. lol.

  3. Sarah Dessen's books are insanely popular. I've only read Just Listen and it's pretty good! I understand the hype now.

  4. This book was amazing just as her others are. It's about a girl Auden who is such a academic freak. Her parents divorce and she spends her sleepless nights alone. She then goes to live with her dad for the summer, and surprisingly to her she has a good time and finds new scary yet exciting experiences during her summer.