Sunday, June 28, 2009

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 20/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 95/100 or A
Auden hasn't slept at night in a long time. Ever since her parents started fighting and so did the divorce. Auden has the chance to spend a carefree summer on the beach in Colby, before she goes off to Defriese University... with her dad and his new family, his wife Heidi and his new baby Thisbe.
Auden decides to help Heidi with the books at her clothes shop, Clementines. Auden finds friendship with a group of girls. She also finds a crush with Eli, a loner and fellow insomniac. Eli becomes a guide to the nocturnal world of Colby. Auden is finding her way throughout her childhood, she missed and Eli comes to terms with the guilt that he felt for a friend's death.
I love Sarah Dessen. I have read all of her books at least once, many I have revisited multiple times. Along for the Ride is not an exceptions.
One of the best thing about her novels are the lively characters. Auden is looking for the approval of her parents and has missed out on her childhood, because of this. I could totally relate to this. I didn't learn how to ride a bike until I was thirteen. I think that a lot of teenager girl can relate to this. Eli was so sweet and dreamy. I wanted to learn more about him. The plot is amazing. It had a ton of originality. Dessen is a wonderful writer. I love how she has cameos of previous characters. I recommend this book to anyone. I love this book.


  1. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the review!

  2. I think this book was actually one of Dessen's better ones, perhaps because I can relate to Auden on many levels. If you'd like a really good read, this one isn't for you. Be forewarned: the characters are much like those in previous Dessen novels, and the plot is nothing new. However the addition of the "quest" is cute and the Colbie atmosphere is charming, making this book a nice feel-good read.


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