Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

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New York Times bestseller

Up all night.
 
Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.
 
Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.
 
Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen. . . .
 
“As with all Dessen’s books, [this] is a must-have” —VOYA, starred review
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
 

About Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen is the author of seven previous novels for young adults, including the "New York Times" bestseller "Just Listen," She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
 
Published May 22, 2009 by Speak. 436 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kirkus Reviews

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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?

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BC Books

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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.

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The young adult title Along for the Ride follows Auden, an overachieving insomniac who doesn’t know how to let loose and have fun and is unable to connect with people.

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Examiner

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.

Oct 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Along for the Ride

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When the chance to escape to her father's new beach house presents itself, Auden jumps at the opportunity, hoping to rekindle their crumbling father-daughter relationship.

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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.

Dec 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Along for the Ride

Examiner

It was during this time where she meets Eli and they go through several adventures and experience the carefree teenage life they both missed out on.

Dec 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Along for the Ride

Examiner

There's always a level of romance in Dessen's books, but what really draws her readers in is her focus on female friendships and how important they really are to teen girls and young adults.

Jan 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Along for the Ride

The Bookbag

Auden's older brother is the rebel and so Auden feels as though she needs to be the one who satisfies her mother's ambition.

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Teen Reads

It makes for a good excuse to meet her half sister, Thisbe (a name borrowed from Shakespeare at her father's insistence), even though the thought of spending much time with young and bubbly Heidi makes Auden shudder.

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Common Sense Media

There is drinking it, I'm not going to lie, but in no way does it encourage drinking and Dessen is writing the TRUTH of teenage life right out of high school, to not write about kids drinking would be completely false for a lot of kids that age.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this realistic portrayal of teen life includes drinking, romance, and some non-graphic sex.

Jun 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Along for the Ride

Shelf Awareness

Then Auden meets Eli Stock from the town bike shop, who keeps showing up at just the right time, to calm Isby (as Auden calls Thisbe) and to introduce Auden to the best source for late-night coffee in the area.

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