Along For The Ride By Sarah Dessen

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

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.

Along for the Ride is the first Sarah Dessen book I have read and it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed listening to this audio book.

This book deals with real life issues. Divorce and the effect it has on everyone. Parenthood and the difficulty of having a newborn. Relationships and all their complexities. Along for the Ride is a realistic portrayal of life with all its challenges and triumphs.

I enjoyed seeing Auden transform during the summer after her senior years when she goes to live with her father and step-mother. The characters are well developed and all have unique personalities and quirks making them people that I could relate to.

This is a really light, easy read. Great Chick-lit.

Content: There is some language but otherwise cleaner than many of the YA books I have recently read.

Rating: 4 Stars