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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Released: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Speak
Rated: YA
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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.

What I thought:

Second Sarah Dessen book. And I loved it. I really love the way Dessen writes. None of her characters are perfect. All flawed. And it makes it more realistic. No one is perfect and it makes a character hard to relate to if they seem to have everything put together. Auden and Eli don't have it all together. Far from it, and it makes the characters such a treat to read about.

I really felt for Auden through this book. Both her mother and father seem to be jerks. Yes, jerks. Auden's mother wants her to be study driven only with only the casualness of relationships, friends or boyfriends, thinking it is better to never make any real connections in life with people. While her father, on the other hand, is being selfish in the way he is living with his new family. He can't help with the baby for this or that reason, while Heidi, unfortunately, seems to fall into a deep depression because of that. And all in the middle is Auden. The girl doesn't have it easy!

I don't know if this seems to be a theme with Sarah Dessen books, since I have only read two, but like The Truth about Forever, I like the idea that these two broken people are what each other needs to finally heal. To get back on that bike, so to speak. Beautifully written.

This was an audiobook for me and I really liked the reader. I didn't care for her male voices at first. But about halfway through I kind of forgot to notice and was just able to lose myself in the story. It was a great book to listen to.

Overall, it was a fantastic book. Funny, great characters, great plot, it just doesn't get much better than this! I highly recommend both the book and the author for a great read. All I am wondering now is, what took me so long to try out Dessen's books?

My Rating:

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Candace said...

I haven't read a Sarah Dessen book yet, but I have a couple and I'll have to make sure I fit one in soon. So glad you really liked it!

Lisa said...

I completely agree. One of the best things about Sarah Dessen's writing is her characters. They are not perfect, they are real.

Anne Bennett said...

Please visit my blog and vote for the Dessen book I should read first. I, too, have waited way too long to give her books a try.


Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

I have this book and can't wait to read it!

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