Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride“Ever since her parents’ divorce, Auden has been unable to sleep. She’s built a routine that gets her through each night; but when the opportunity comes for her to spend her summer at the beach with her father and his new family, she jumps at the chance to break out of her rut. Life at the beach proves more challenging than Auden expects. In addition to trying to figure out how she fits into her father’s new life, she also has to navigate the girls at work with their gossip and friendship and crushes. And then there’s Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nocturnal tour guide. With an endless supply of long summer nights between them, almost anything can happen…”

Reading about summer breaks spent at the beach makes me wish I was there as well. I really liked this book. It was interesting to watch Auden go from being closed off with no real friends to being a part of a group. I don’t come from a family like her’s but I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for her. Her parents were successful professors and had set the bar extremely high for her. Always having to be the best that she could be with no room for fun or to be a kid. Going to her father’s house for the summer was the best decision that Auden had made. She not only got to know her stepmother and half sister better but she also got a chance at being a teenager. But most importantly, she made friends. Friends that actually cared about her and were there for her when she really needed someone. This book reminded me a lot of Just Listen because in that novel Annabel had gotten close to Owen only to push him away towards the end, just like Auden had done with Eli. I have noticed that this is a pattern with Sarah Dessen’s novels. At least with the ones that I have read. But even though her novels are similar in the sense that two teens fall in love, one pushes the other one away, and then they get back together, they are all different. The characters, events, and some of the plot are different. Even knowing what the outcome is mostly likely going to be doesn’t ruin the novel because the way everything works in the end is different than in the other books. I enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it to others!

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