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Along for the Ride Hardcover – June 16, 2009
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Along for the Ride is about 18 year old Auden, a remarkably smart girl who's parents divorced when she was younger after years of bickering. She became an insomniac, avoiding her problems by staying awake, studying at a nearby cafe. Meanwhile, being raised by two academic parents, Auden organized her life around school - she could answer any educational question, yet barely had any friends and missed out on every important childhood landmark (prom, bowling, learning to ride a bike..) After a strangely inspirational message from her older brother Hollis, Auden decides to spend the summer before her freshman year of college in Colby with her father, his new extremely cheerful wife, and their even newer baby, Thisbe. There, Auden discovers something about herself through interactions with Heidi, her stepmother; babysitting Thisbe; working at a clothing store with girls her age; and, above all, meeting the mysterious Eli who helps her rebuild her past.
The story talks about love, redemption, and second chances. It's about how it's never too late to rediscover yourself and grab hold of your present.
I really loved Along for the Ride. The characters were interesting, deep, and always surprising. Yes, as many young adult books, the plot was a bit predictable, but that didn't matter.Read more ›
Although "Along for the Ride" sticks like a squeaky wheel to this formula, I actually found it to be my favorite Dessan novel to date! I thought Auden was a more sympathetic and fully developed character than Niki, Remy, Macy, or Annabel, and her fear of making mistakes and letting her guard down made sense and were justified within the context of the story, which is a problem I've had with "This Lullaby" and "Just Listen."
I also found the supporting characters--Ester, Leah, Wallace, and especially Maggie, Adam, Heidi, and Auden's family to be much richer, and the life lessons Auden learned from them (ie how to let loose and express your emotions and that women can be BOTH girly AND intelligent) to be more nuanced and entertaining than Dessan's usual scope.
It's certainly true that Eli and the plot points surrounding his romance with Auden are very reminiscent of Macy and Wes in "The Truth About Forever...," but the little details of their late night escapades, made their chemistry feel fresh enough to me, although I would be interested to see if Dessan could crack her romantic interest mold of Eli/Nate/Dexter/Wes/Owen etc., and give us a guy who is truly original.Read more ›
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I could have just read the last 4ish chapters and not missed hardly anything.
This book was so slow. Read more
This book is a book filled with second chances for every person in the book! One of the best Sarah Dessen books EVER!!!Published 2 months ago by Banks
First of all, I have to complain about the cost of these ebooks - almost $10? really?! Anyway, I started to read this book on another website (this being my second book by this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DP
Was easy to follow along but not her best book. Didn't care for the endingPublished 3 months ago by BL1981
Favorite Sarah Dessen book of those that I have read. Pure YA swoon!Published 3 months ago by Trosado
This is such a great read! I really enjoyed it!!!! I was immediately immersed in it as its hypnotic def rec itPublished 4 months ago by tay1herma
Book came in great condition and it came fast, if you're into teen love stories this is a great read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer