Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

ver since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night. Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake. And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide. Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. In her trademark blockbuster-style, Sarah Dessen creates a powerful and irresistible story of two people learning how to connect.

Read: September 22, 2012

This will probably be the last Dessen book I mention, not because I’ve gotten tired of her writing, but I feel like I should be reading other stories. Hers are usually always about middle class teenagers, have been hurt by something or someone in the past, who are socially awkward or aloof, straight A students, with bad boys who turn them around for the better. Not to say that I didn’t like this book, it was okay.

I don’t know if I should say anything more, but that was basically the story right there. I do enjoy the fact that Dessen has created this environment wherein her characters from different books can crossover to other books. Jason was also present in this book and yes, he’s still an ass.

I think that even Eli fit the bad-boy/misunderstood/troubled/broody mold, he should’ve been explained further. We should’ve gotten to know him better. Except most of the time, he was vague and distant. Like, he could’ve been any random character I would easily forget.

I liked Maggie and Heidi, they felt like the only real people in this book. I hated Auden’s pretentious parents, they sure sound like a lot of people I know.

3 out of 5 stars.

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