Release Date: 4th February 2010
Other Titles by this Author: Someone Like You, Last Chance, That Summer (my review), Dreamland (my review), Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key (my review)
Auden has always felt like the odd one out.
Since her parents’ divorce she’s shied away, studying lots and staying out of the party scene.
But now Auden’s realised there must be something more and, just like that, she changes everything. Moving to her dad’s house opens up a whole new world of beach parties, food fights - and simply having fun.
As she gets to know herself - and a secretive boy with dark, brooding eyes - can Auden begin to let go and finally feel like she truly belongs?
Sarah Dessen doesn’t know how to write a novel that’s less than amazing. Before reading this I’d been waiting for a ‘Wow!’ book, and Along for the Ride delivered.
I know I’ve said it about Sarah Dessen’s books before, but she really writes her characters so beautifully and intricately that I feel like I’ve known them forever. Closed-off, controlled, insomniac Auden is a classic Dessen heroine; strong, likable, a little damaged and in need of some real friends and the love of a legendary Dessen boy. Eli Stock. Quiet, mysterious and gorgeous Eli. He’s managed to make himself my second favourite, just under Wes from The Truth About Forever.
The way that the characters in Along for the Ride interact with and help each other is one of my favourite aspects of the novel. Relationships are very important in this novel: romantic ones, ones between siblings, those between friends and definitely the one between parent and child. Auden and Eli’s connection grew steadily and realistically in such a believable way that I felt myself grin every time they were together. I loved the way that they just talked and talked, it was such a contrast to their daytime personas. All the friends that Auden made in Colby really helped her to grow and I’d love to be friends with any one of them. I also found myself really liking Auden’s step-mum, Heidi; more that her mum actually! Sarah Dessen really is an extraordinary character writer.
Along for the Ride is written in such a familiar voice that it was almost nostalgic. I love Sarah’s style so much that I would read a leaflet on the life cycle of worms if she wrote it! Her books are such a pleasure to read, I try to drag them out for as long as possible. One of my favourite parts of Along for the Ride, as with her other novels, is the way Sarah Dessen dives her old characters cameos. Joining Auden in Colby were Jason from The Truth About Forever (Macy‘s boyfriend) and Colby from Last Chance/Keeping the Moon. Nate from Lock and Key was also mentioned. I really love being caught up with them!
I love Sarah Dessen’s novels to death and I will continue to read and recommend them forever.
For my 2010 100+ Reading Challenge