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Along for the Ride | [Sarah Dessen]

Along for the Ride

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.
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Publisher's 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.

©2009 Sarah Dessen; (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"The cover may mislead readers, as despite the body language of the girl in pink and the hunky blue-jeaned boy balanced on a bike, this is no slight romance: there's real substance here. Dessen's many fans will not be deterred by the length or that cover; they expect nuanced, subtle writing, and they won't be disappointed." (Booklist)

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    Allison upstate NY 12-14-10
    Allison upstate NY 12-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Just "Chick-Lit""

    I've read several books by Sarah Dessen, and this one is my favorite so far. The main character, Auden, is smart, and I love intelligent female characters. She's decided to spend the summer between graduation from high school and her first year at college with her father in a beach resort town. This new location and the people who come into her life there make this summer one of change and transition for Auden. Usually a loner, she starts to reach out and make friends, including a boyfriend. She's forming new relationships with her stepmother and step sister. Most important, she's confronting her own feelings about her parents' divorce.
    This book has realistic characters and situations. It gets the reader to consider relationships among family members and friends, as well as how people can or cannot change.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-29-10 Listener Since 2010

    The Book Muffin

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    "Great book, pretty good narrator"

    This is turning out to be a great book. I haven't finished it yet but I had to write a review because of the narrator. The narrator is great but when she does dialogue sometimes she makes these long pauses when she switches characters. I keep thinking the audio is cutting out. It is kind of annoying but otherwise the narrator is really good and the book is fun to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Milan, OH, United States 03-08-12
    Julie Milan, OH, United States 03-08-12
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    "Not a romance story"

    The description of this book led me to believe it was a romance. Not even close. It's about a girl coming to grips with her parent's divorce and their new relationships. Just when I thought the romance might build- I was let down. There is little to no description of characters so it was impossible for me to visualize them.
    The narrator has a squeaky voice. And, like another reviewer mentioned, takes awkward pauses. Not just in dialogue, but at random times. I thought it was the end of a chapter a couple times.

    I wish I hadn't wasted my credit on this pick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sierra Goldsboro, NC, United States 02-23-13
    Sierra Goldsboro, NC, United States 02-23-13
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    "As always enjoyed and loved Sarah Dessen's writing"
    If you could sum up Along for the Ride in three words, what would they be?

    well written and amazing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Auden herself, like many of the people Sarah writes about I can see alot of myself in them back when I was that age and I can relate to most situations she writes about.


    Which character – as performed by Rachel Botchan – was your favorite?

    Maggie, I'm not sure why but I just really enjoyed her


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I've never been let down by any book Sarah Dessen has written they've all been good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 11-18-12
    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite Dessen so far!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    this book was easy relatable to and covered a multitude of situations. I laughed a lot!


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    Jamie Colorado 09-11-12
    Jamie Colorado 09-11-12 Member Since 2010

    What would I do without audio books?!!

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    "Lovely coming of age novel"

    So I might be too old to read this, about an 18 year old girl and her last summer before college. But I like a good coming of age story and this seemed like a good choice. I must say I really enjoyed it. The author has a subtle, patient writing style that allows a story to gracefully unfold, without feeling forced or rushed. The characters weren't totally predictable which I like. And best of all it had a wonderful ending. Total satisfaction!

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    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 07-29-11
    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 07-29-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Really enjoyed this one!"

    I wasn't sure what to expect but it was quite a journey. I loved all the characters and all the surprises and developments.

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    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 07-07-11
    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty good!"

    It took me a few minutes to get into this book, as I thought the narrator was kind of annoying. I gave it a chance and her voice began to grow on me. Book was very cute, with a good story. I was pretty sad when it ended! Will download another from this author.

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    michelle HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-05-11
    michelle HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story for a summer read/listen"

    I have downloaded other books by this author and Along For The Ride has been my favorite so far. I felt like the characters were all well-developed and I could really visualize what Auden was going through. I think I enjoyed this story so much because it seemed believable-from her parents divorce to making friends in a new town. Many books in this genre are entertaining, but completely ridiculous and unrealistic. Great listen!

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    lucy asheville, NC, United States 06-05-11
    lucy asheville, NC, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story!"

    A nice surprise, very wonderful charter development and meaningful storyline. Enjoyable! Unexpected depth for Teen Chick Lit.

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