Publisher: Viking Children’s
Released on June 16, 2009
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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.(from Penguin)
I just love Sarah Dessen, seriously!!! I don’t know how many times I’ve said this before but she’s just so amazing at writing great contemporary that will no doubt get you out of any reading funk you might be in. I was feeling really burned out from reading when I started Along for the Ride but I knew that Dessen would help with this, and of course it worked immediately.
From the beginning I was already hooked, I started feeling anger towards Auden’s father, curiosity about the mysterious Eli and frustration over Auden and her quickness to judge everyone just by the way they look. So the rollercoaster of emotions that I usually get with Sarah Dessen books started from the first fifty pages. Dessen has that talent to draw you right into the story with realistic situations, with characters that are flawed but you can tell will win you over and grow throughout the novel. I love that because it just makes me want to read nonstop.
In this one I liked most of the characters from the beginning, there were plenty that were fun and made me laugh but some like Auden’s parents that were utterly frustrating. First of all her dad is one big douchebag that I hated from the start, he was selfish and just kept pissing me off everytime he was on the page, her mother was just the coldest B ever and also highly responsible for the way Auden was towards other people. I just pretty much hated them both and I was upset that the douchebag dad didn’t suffer a little bit more like I wanted him too. I did love Heidi and all of the friends Auden makes during the summer, the characters were all different but fun, they each had a personality of their own and became memorable. Especially Heidi and Megan, I loved the relationship that grows between them and Auden and how we get to see the changes in Auden as she begins to realize how wrong she was about these people and how fast she was to judge them. I loved the growth that we get to see in her and how she begins to let go and enjoy life. The characters Dessen creates never really stay the same from what we see at the beginning of the novel and that’s one of the main things I love about Dessen. She’s so good at writing well developed characters and swoony damaged boys that will win your heart and make you daydream. So far I’ve loved every book I’ve read by her and if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?