Monday, December 16, 2013

Mini Monday: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Stand-Alone
4/5 stars

A few years ago, I was a no-contemporary girl.  Fantasy-only, that sort of thing.  I saw this section in my local bookstore and scrunched up my nose and went on to my fantasy section.
Then I met my lovely bestie, who also had a book blog, and I was inspired by her love for Sarah Dessen - and I read Keeping the Moon.  I haven't stopped reading contemporary since then.  (Here: read my review for my favorite contemporary book EVER.)

Along for the Ride is officially my 2nd favorite Dessen novel, right after The Truth About Forever.  This book...it just means something to me.  Everything that happened, with Auden's insomnia, her parents, Eli, the baby...I just adore it all.  I couldn't put the book down.  I loved Auden and who she was as a person, and how she grew and changed for the better.  She is a wonderful character worth remembering.  I love how she dealt with having a step-mother, how she handled her father's selfishness (I haven't been so angry at a character in so long), how she worked through things with Eli (faulty though it was)....  Yeah.  I could go on.

And Eli.  Need I say anything more?  His depth - what happened to him, how he handled it - made him SO real to me.  What the ended up naming the bike shop?  Genius.

Which reminds me - I ADORE this cast of side characters.  All of them.  The food fight scene seriously made me ridiculously happy.  And the kiss.  The first kiss was DREAMY.

(Oh, and I looooooved Jason's cameo.  I was so intrigued by that.)

This book reminds me of...
Staying up...really late
Car crashes
Food fights
Rising above
Real life issues
Quiet boys
Biking by the beach (think, Coronado)

Content level -
Ages 15+ for some brief language


Summary
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.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a cute read. :)

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  2. Great review. This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books. I also really liked Just Listen. ;)

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