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Along for the Ride|Book Review

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Title: Along for the Ride5664985._SX318_

Author: Sarah Dessen

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

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Synopsis: 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.

Spoiler Free Review

Along for the Ride follows Auden who just graduated high school and decides on a whim to spend the summer before college at her dad and stepmom’s house with her newborn sister. The summer provides Auden with new experiences and new friends, one of them being Eli. Together they go on a quest to give Auden the teenager life she missed out on and while Eli is helping Auden, Auden is helping Eli too.

In the beginning of the book I did not like Auden. She just gave me this “I’m better than you vibes” in the beginning, but as the story goes on she loosens up in a sense and I began to like her a lot more. As she starts to hang out with Eli at night and the girls at the boutique in the day, she starts to grow as a person. And in the book her brother notices it too when he came to visit Auden. Auden’s family life isn’t the best and I felt bad for her. Her mom is intimidating and expects a lot out of Auden school wise. Her dad isn’t all that great either, he is always up in his office writing and avoiding the duties one has as a new father. Part of Auden’s character growth was starting grow out of the mold her parents, mostly her mom, put her in. There is a part later in the book where Auden stands firm for what she wants even though it isn’t what her mom wants and I was like “yesss you go Auden.”

Eli is Auden’s nighttime adventures partner. When he finds out the Auden missed out on many things as a kid he decides to take her on a quest where they partake in the actives she missed. I super enjoyed the parts about Eli and Auden’s adventures and also can’t wrap my head around how people stay up that late aha. Eli had a little character growth himself but I wish it was something a little more explored. When we meet Eli he is still suffering from the loss of his best friend. Grief is a big subject and I wish Sarah Dessen explored it a little bit more with Eli.

The plot of this book wasn’t anything special. All of her books follow the same kind of guidelines so while the characters were new the baseline of the plot wasn’t. That being said I feel like theres comfort in Dessen’s stories and to me, a big reason of the comfort feeling is the similar and formulaic plot line. Yes it would be nice if Dessen switched it up a bit but I am not complaining if she doesn’t.

In the end I really enjoyed this book. I was worried after I read Once and for All, which I didn’t like, that I might of outgrown Sarah Dessen and I wouldn’t like this one either. I am glad to say that is not the case for I much enjoyed Along for the Ride.

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