Thursday, September 08, 2011

Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Title: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 11, 2011
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Source: Bought
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.
Review: I love Sarah Dessen’s books. She’s one of my favorite contemporary writers and I can’t get enough of her work! I’ve read Along for the Ride before but I’ve never reviewed it so I re-read the book for this review!

At first, I couldn’t connect with Auden. She was just so focused on her studying and work that I wasn’t able to see the world through her eyes. Once she meets the people at Colby though, she opens up and I loved that Auden. Her, I could connect to. She was lonely. She was hurt. She didn’t understand why her parents acted the way they did and all she wanted was to have a normal, teenager life for once.

I really liked Eli from the beginning though! I could tell from the very beginning that he had a lot of layers and that there was a lot going on with him. Dessen did a great job shining a light on Eli’s hard past and breaking him out of his shell.

Overall, one of my favorites of Dessen’s with her great characters, somewhat predictable plot line (I just knew that the guy and girl were going to end up together…and that’s how I like it!), I loved delving into another Sarah Dessen novel.

Overall: 4.5/5
Cover Comments: 4/5—I like how this cover relates to the story and how it's very much a Dessen cover, I would have loved something more...

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