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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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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Shelbey 09-17-14
    Shelbey 09-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Hey there! I like Teen novels and books with female leads.

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    "Just as good as I remembered"
    What made the experience of listening to Along for the Ride the most enjoyable?

    Rachel brought the book to life in a brillant way. She gave Sarah's characters new life and a new voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ester. Her wry humor and no nonsense personality was the perfect contrast between all the happier characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Thisbee smiled up at Auden.


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

    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to. But I would have if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 09-02-14
    Catherine 09-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Typical Teenage Love Story"
    Where does Along for the Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this in the least interesting and intuitive book thus far. I did expect coming from Sarah Dessen for this book to be a typical teenage love story where everything works out in the end, and yet for some reason I was also expecting more. Some of her books, such as Just Listen or Dreamland, gave more depth than just a traditional love story and I guess that is what I was looking for in this book. She isn't my favorite author, but she is in the top ranks of what I read and listen too often times. Again, if you are looking for the typical teenage love story where everything works out in the end, then get this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sarah Dessen? Why or why not?

    Yes but with more caution. Typically when I look for a new audible book I look by author or by chance, meaning that I'll find a genre that I would like to listen too and pick a random book from there. I went searching for Sarah Dessen and found this. If I decide to purchase another Dessen book, I would make sure to read the description carefully before listening too the book or reading it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rachel Botchan?

    Yes and no. It irritated me that half way through the book, she started to pronounce Thigsby's name as Igsby. At first, I thought I wasn't hearing right, but as she kept performing, I realized that she was saying Igsby. There was no rhyme or reason as to why she was doing this and you don't find until later in the book that the main character started calling the other character that until the very end. Otherwise she kept the same voices for each character and she kept the performance up beat keeping you interested.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Living life to the fullest, one quest at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book was good, again I just wished more than just a typical teenage love story. It isn't a bad purchase, but if your in the mood for a typical love story, this is your type of book. I will say that the character development was phenomenal, considering the main character changed slowly, and I was able to identify in some areas with her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Goldsboro, NC, United States 02-23-13
    Amazon Customer Goldsboro, NC, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2013
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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