Along for the Ride

By Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride


Along for the Ride

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It's been this long since Auden was sleeping at night. Ever since the divorce from her parents—or since the fighting began. She now has the opportunity to spend a carefree summer with her father and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job at a clothes boutique introduces... Auden to the girls' world: their talk, friendship, crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being her demanding mother's perfect daughter. Then she meets Eli, a fascinating loner and an insomniac fellow who becomes her guide to the town's nocturnal world. They embark on parallel quests together: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she's been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for a friend's death. Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people, learning to connect, in her signature pitch-perfect style.



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Quotes from Along for the Ride

Who says there has to be a point?" He asked. "Or a reason. Maybe it's just something you have to do.

Friends are honest with each other. Even if the truth hurts.

Relationships dont always make sense. Especially from the outside

But sometimes you lose. Nothing you can do but admit it.

Life is full of screwups. You're supposed to fail sometimes. It's a required part of the human existance.

An ending was an ending. No matter how many pages of sentences and paragraphs of great stories led up to it, it would always have the last word.

Reviews of Along for the Ride


Dessen reworks well-traveled terrain and creates a remarkably original story with realistic teen dialogue, authentic girl friendships and a complex underlying question: Can people really change?

For instance, Heidi and Maggie may be girly girls on the outside but as Auden spends more time with them, she sees that is more to these women than their outer appearance.

I haven't read a Sarah Dessen book since I reviewed "Lock and Key," which makes sense since "Along for the Ride" just came out, but that's besides the point.

Together, Eli helps Auden with her quest to learn what it is like to be just a regular, normal teenager, learn how to ride a bike, and in return, Auden helps Eli get back on that bike as well as conquering his fears about going back to school, one test at a time.

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