You couldn't just pick and choose at will when someone depended on you, or loved you. It wasn't like a light switch, easy to shut on or off. If you were in, you were in. Out, you were out.
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Along for the Ride is a captivating young adult novel from New York Times Number One bestseller Sarah Dessen, about learning to let go and enjoy life.
Auden has always felt like the odd one out.
Since her parents' divorce she's shied away, studying lots and staying out of the party scene.
But now Auden's realized there must be something more and, just like that, she changes everything. Moving to her dad's house opens up a whole new whole of beach parties, food fights - and simply having fun.
As she gets to know herself - and a secretive boy with dark, brooding eyes - can Auden begin to let go and finally feel like she truly belongs?
Acclaim for Sarah Dessen:
'A poignant coming-of-age story' Big Issue
'A compelling story and beautifully written' Time Out
Sarah Dessen is the author of six stunning teen novels: Just Listen, The Truth about Forever, Lock and Key, That Summer and What Happened to Goodbye. She lives in the countryside in North Carolina with her daughter, husband, some lizards and two very spoilt dogs - read her once and fall in love.
- ISBN10 0141327480
- ISBN13 9780141327488
- Publish Date 4 February 2010 (first published 16 June 2009)
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country GB
- Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
- Format Paperback (B-Format (198x129 mm))
- Pages 448
- Language English
This is a typical romance plot which is sort of given away by the light and airy cover. So I would have been disappointed with anything else.
For the most part, I liked Auden. I related to her. Though not to the same degree. I am also sometimes baffled by "girl things" - vapid chattering about boys, details regarding makeup, hair, nail polish, or clothes, and certain social conventions regarding other people.
There are just some things I didn't understand about Auden, especially surrounding those events that occur in the beginning of the book (don't want any spoilers). Mostly her actions seemed so contradictory to her character. So I was confused.
Also I would like a contemporary book where being completely stupid and illegal isn't advocated... I understand it's realistic but it sort of makes a point of how geeky teens do not participate in such activities, which isn't always the case. Sorry I just don't enjoy that aspect of most contemporary YA.
Mostly I was just irritated with the main character. Frustrated with her decisions. But I do recognize that dysfunction is really hard to see from within the dysfunctional unit, but I still feel like it took Auden forever to realize that her family is seriously screwed up.
It may seem like I'm being awfully harsh on this book, but that's only because of my tastes and expectations. I do enjoy more fantasy/dystopian novels when it comes to YA literature. I enjoy more exciting, complex characters, and try to avoid most cliches.
This is not Sarah Dessen's best contemporary romance novel.
But it was good. It was light. It was fluffy. It deserves to stay on the summer reading list, but may not be the first Dessen book I recommend to others
Auden is determined to spend the summer before she goes to college differently than her previous summers. So, she accepts an invitation to spend the summer with her father, step-mother and new-born sister at the beach. What she found, was waaaay more than she expected. This is a story of second chances and do-overs for many of the characters involved. It is about taking risks and falling, but getting back up. It is about challenging ideas that have been ingrained in you for so long and believing that people can change.
In a word -- delightful!