Book Spotlight: Along for the Ride

Submitted by teenspace on March 17, 2010 - 1:49pm

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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Rincon Valley

Auden just graduated from high school at the top of her class. She spent her whole childhood trying to impress her parents with her grades and maturity, so she never did any of the things her peers did such as sleepovers, riding a bike or bowling.  Instead, she spent most nights alone, drinking coffee and driving around town. At the beginning of her summer vacation, on a whim, she decided to go stay with her father, stepmother and their new baby girl. The first couple of weeks or so are spent like those in her hometown, drinking coffee and driving alone through town. Things begin to change when she meets Eli, who also spends his nights alone, fighting insomnia. Soon she starts to discover all of the things she missed growing up and, with help from Eli, decides to re-live her childhood. However, things begin to change when emotions from her parent’s divorce come to the surface again. Dessen is known for great character development and this book does not disappoint. You get so wrapped up in Auden and all the minor characters that the book flows effortlessly. You don’t want to miss this newest Sarah Dessen book!

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