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.
I fell in love with Sarah Dessen's other book, Someone Like You ( see my review here), so I was willing to fall in love with this one too, and I did! What I love about Sarah Dessen's books is that she always proves that if you can't be perfect, you got to love who you really are.
Auden, a high school graduate, decides to spend the summer with her father and pregnant step-mother. A hard-worker, and perfectionist, Auden is a loner. She doesn't want to try anything new, or to get out of her comfort zone. But that's not what happens.
Auden is finally willing to change what has been her routine since she was born. She tries to make up for everything she has missed as a kid, with the help of the mysterious guy she becomes friends with, Eli. Auden decides to make new friends and live for now, she decides to just go along for the ride...
Sarah Dessen makes you feel what Auden feels, her happiness, her pain, her excitement, everything. You get to watch Auden change, develop, and fail. And that's one of the points (I think), why Sarah Dessen, is a New York Times Bestseller...
Sarah Dessen is one great writer, I would love if I get to meet her someday. Along For The Ride has a quick pace, and the characters are wonderful, they all have their own stories to tell. For some readers, this book would make a great summer read, for some other readers, it would make a great MOTIVATIONAL summer read. This book says: For those who have given up, it's not too late...