Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride

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A New York Times bestseller Up all night. Nights have always been Auden's time, her chance to escape everything that's going on around her. Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide. Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen. . . . "As with all Dessen's books, [this] is a must-have" --VOYA, starred review Also by Sarah Dessen: DreamlandJust ListenKeeping the MoonLock and KeyThe Moon and MoreSomeone Like YouThat SummerThis LullabyThe Truth About ForeverWhat Happened to Goodbyeshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 383 pages
  • 149.86 x 213.36 x 38.1mm | 498.95g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0670011940
  • 9780670011940
  • 278,769

Review quote

"Beautifully captures that sense of summer as a golden threshold between past regrets and future unknowns." -The Washington Postshow more

About Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the author of thirteen novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal. Dessen's books are frequently chosen for the Teens' Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association. Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit Sarah at more

Rating details

150,391 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 41% (61,890)
4 33% (50,305)
3 19% (29,053)
2 4% (6,731)
1 2% (2,412)

Our customer reviews

I have read every Sarah Dessen book published. I was so excited to learn she was coming out with a new one, ALONG FOR THE RIDE, that I marked the release date on my calendar. Was the wait worth it? Absolutely. Finished it in two days time, too - it would have taken me less time but I had to factor in pesky responsibilities like work. I love the way Dessen writes. Her characters are always real, and the storylines are believable - you can't ask for more than that! As with other Dessen books, there are multiple lessons learned in this book. The two that I felt that were most important (and I know it sounds cliche) is "Live, Love, Laugh" and "Never judge a book by its cover." ALONG FOR THE RIDE is about a girl named Auden, fresh out of high school, ready to embark on the next leg of life but doesn't really know how to do it. The academic part she has down pat; the fun, let loose and be free part she has a lot of trouble with. Auden didn't have the typical childhood - she was more of an adult than a kid while she was growing up, entertaining herself through countless adult dinner parties revolving around academia. She missed out on so many rites of growing up - racing up and down her block on bicycles or skates, hanging out at the pool with friends, going on dates and even the prom. While it was great that she had such a drive to do well, her parents, now divorced, incredibly high expectations was also very damaging to her psyche. The cherry topping - Auden is an insomniac. Nothing, no matter what, changes or cures her insomnia. Of course, this can be a good thing, too, at least in her case. I can relate to the insomnia issue - it's just too bad that I haven't met the guy of my dreams during one of my episodes. I felt sorry for her many times throughout the book. So she escapes for the summer, leaving her overbearing mother behind, to live with her father, stepmother, and brand new sister. Is she trading one mess for another? It proves to be a summer of change and friendship and love. Auden definitely doesn't have an easy time of it - she has a lot to face, from how the turmoil of her parent's divorce has really affected her to actually having real friendships with girls and a guy who is genuinely interested in her. Thisbee shows Auden how to love unconditionally and the power of connecting. Eli shows her the magic of first love and where to get a great cup of coffee and a slice of pie in the middle of the night. Finally, Maggie, Leah, and Esther show how great friendships can be. Everyday brings something new and her summer in Colby teaches her to enjoy and appreciate the life she does have. A perfect summer more
by TeensReadToo
I enjoyed the majority of this book. It was well written and Sarah Dessen does a great job with building her characters. Each character had their own distinct personality. I loved the Eli and Auden moments in the book. I enjoyed their chemistry and the flare those scenes added to the otherwise dull life of Auden. However, there were times when I was a little bored with the story and was ready for it to either pick up the pace or just end. Auden herself frustrated me, she was mature for her age in some ways and in other ways very shallow. In the end I was happy with the overall storyline. The writing was clear, smooth and flowed well. This is the first novel by Sarah Dessen I have read and I did enjoy it enough to check out some of her other more
by Scoot
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