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Along for the Ride

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  155,225 Ratings  ·  6,209 Reviews
Up all night.

Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.

Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.

Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen. . . .
Audio CD, 11 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Penguin Audio
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Cheryl Klein
Even more than John Green, Sarah Dessen repeats the same plot elements over and over again:

2. AN OLDER TEENAGE GIRL WHO IS REPRESSED IN SOME WAY -- family secrets, personal secrets, others' expectations, her own cynicism or need for control
3. MEETS A WACKY GROUP OF PEOPLE -- long-distant family, a rock band, coworkers, a new group of friends
4. INCLUDING ONE UNUSUAL BOY -- usually artistic in some way
Reading Sarah Dessen is like walking into an air-conditioned store after a hot, humid day in the sun. Reading Sarah Dessen is also like drinking an ice-cold smoothie after a long, harsh marathon. And finally, reading Sarah Dessen is like eating comfort food: you always know what you're going to get, a tasty, satisfying treat.

Auden has just finished her senior year and looks forward to spending the summer like she usually does: staying home and studying, while occasionally attending the parties h
Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
And the award for my most vanilla book of 2016 goes to...


I think I get it now. The whole appeal with Sarah Dessen and the million or so romance books she's churned; she's no Stephanie Perkins but reading her work is just so easy. Or at least this one was, my first one yet.

But more than easy, it was boring. Mundane. Unexciting. VANILLA.

Just like vanilla ice cream, it's enough to have me gobbling it up in one go, but doesn't quite manage to leave a satisfied mark like chocolate would. (Of course,
Jan 07, 2009 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah Dessen fans
This is pure Sarah Dessen. It's a comfort to read her work, because you know you are going to come away with something to think about.

I'm afraid I didn't like this one as much as the others. It's because well... it feels a little like I'm reading the same story. Tons of others have mentioned it, but she seems to be sticking to a very strict formula. Which I wouldn't mind too much if the characters didn't seem so similar. They all are so reserved and issue driven. One of the reasons I think that
Cait • A Page with a View
I know Colby is a fictional beach town, but I still totally feel like I've been there after reading so many Dessen stories in that setting. It just feels like summer.

The main idea of the story is that Auden never really got a chance to be a kid because she was so focused on academics and being the adult that her pretentious, bickering parents wouldn't be. Achievement became her thing, so she missed out on typical activities like riding a bike, going to prom, or having a group of friends.

Steph (Reviewer X)
Cross-posted from my blog review .

Auden is your classic overachiever: she’s studious and entirely too serious. What’s more, she deprived herself of a normal high school experience—one with friends and fun—opting instead for the academic route. Which did indeed work, because she got into a great university, the one she’d be attending come August. In the meantime, there is the whole summer stretching before her, and suddenly, spending it at home with her holier-than-thou, my-feminism-is-better-t
Nov 14, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-arc
I’m just going to start this out saying that I love Sarah Dessen. Along for the Ride is definitely on my Dessen all time favorite list. Right up there with Just Listen and This Lullaby.

The characters is this novel are freaggin fabulous! That is one thing I can always count on with Dessen, she knows how to create a believable and relatable character no matter the situation. And Auden is no exception. I reveled in her transformation throughout the story. Ultimately that’s what this story was a bo
In my opinion, Sarah Dessen is one of the best young adult writers out there today. This book happens to be my second favorite book from her. It's odd how Dessen can make you feel like you know her characters personally. I love that about her writing, because she makes it so easy to identify with her characters. When I finished this book, I was almost upset about it. I didn't want to leave behind the characters and in some ways I felt like I was saying goodbye to friends. That’s a true sign that ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This is the best new-to-me Sarah Dessen book I've read since the days of The Truth About Forever and Dreamland. This was exactly what I was in the mood for and I actually really enjoyed it. This makes me want to re-read all of my old Sarah Dessen favorites. Awh.
♥ Becky  22
May 19, 2013 ♥ Becky 22 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, contemporary, summer
I love you, Sarah Dessen!

"Along For the Ride" is about a girl called Auden, who just finished high school and is spending the summer before college visiting her dad and his new wife and newborn baby in their beach town. Auden has insomnia and spends her nights aimlessly driving around, until she meets Eli, who also can't sleep at night, and they start hanging out together.

This is the PERFECT book for reading at the pool or the beach. One of my favorite 'summer-feel' books.

"That was one of th
May 22, 2014 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Relationships don't always make sense. Especially from the outside”

For the past few days, I started reading a bunch of Contemporary Novels. I noticed that I enjoyed Saint Anything so much and decided that I wanted to read more books by Sarah Dessen. So I am on a "Sarah Dessen Marathon" and I want to finish all of her books before I go start any others. I know that I wont be reading one of her books because I am not interested in it, but I am planning on reading the rest. And I am really enj
oh dear. this book was pushing me to the edge of self destruction. The book is just too..shallow for me to be interested in it. The plot is weak. Wait. is there even a plot in the first place? it is so bad that i am cannot even be bothered to give a full blown review. Too much conversation involving other people(Auden is like a invisible ghost some times. seriously? how does she overhear everything?). is it only me or...? judging from the ratings by other goodreads reviewers, i guess it is only ...more
Jul 01, 2011 Helga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people say that Sarah Dessen uses the same plot, the same idea of a teenage girl meeting a boy, who changes her life, with who she hangs out more and more and then there is a conflict (a lot of time happening because of her old life...), but the girl tries to explain...

However, I LOVE her books and now that I think about it yes she does write her books the same way, but I LIKE that way.

Along for the Ride is my favourite book. Its one of those books you can just read into and enjoy parts
Nora Georgieva
Feb 06, 2016 Nora Georgieva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Edit: След като имах време от снощи до сега да помисля за тази книга, реших, че все пак ще запазя първоначалното си впечатление и ще смаля рейтинга до 3 звезди. Направих сравнение с други contemporary книги, които съм чела, и тази е доста по-слаба. Първата книга на Сара Десен, която четох, "Истината за завинаги" беше по-добрата, на нея дадох 4 звезди, а в сравнение с нея, "Заедно на път" беше доста по-слаба, за това все пак ще сваля на 3 звезди.

Отдавна не бях чела книга толкова бързо. До средата
Bonnie Shores
Apr 26, 2017 Bonnie Shores rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
Although it was not necessarily the ending I would have written, it was still a happy ending... just the way I like it. All the loose ends tied up in a big, red bow.


Along for the Ride details the summertime adventures of Auden, a studious, sheltered girl who just graduated high school and decides to spend the summer with her dad, a narcissistic one-time author trying to finish his second novel, his much younger wife and their new baby in order to take a break from her emotionally aloof, highly-d
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Edit: 4.5 stars after this reread.
No idea why I rated it 3 stars back in 2012!
Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen, is a fun and enjoyable read. I have to admit, at first I could not stand the main character, Auden. She was self-centered, clueless about others feelings, snobbish and down-right annoying. I almost put the book down and called it a day because if I don’t like the main character, chances are I’m not going to enjoy the book. However, all that altered by mid-book and the story took a sharp turn down Enjoyable Avenue. I feel Dessen’s technique was deliberate, wel ...more
Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
“It was so risky and so scary, and yet at the same time, so beautiful. Maybe the truth was, it shouldn’t be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth.”

3 1/2 stars. Another great installment to the contemporary genre. I didn't think this book was quite as good as Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, but once again I was blown away by this author's ability to take an ordinary character in an ordinary situatio
This was my first Sarah Dessen book and it will not be my last. I even dragged my feet through the last 50 pages just so I could stay in the pages with this world for a little while longer.

The story focuses on Auden, who has always been serious, adult like, head in her books, never playful or silly her entire life. She has never stepped out of her safe, often isolated, world of academics until she decides to spend her summer before college with her Dad, new wife, and baby sister where she is def
Another FANTASTIC delivery from Sarah Dessen! She is, beyond a doubt, my favorite realistic fiction author. And this novel might just be my favorite of all of them but it's so hard to choose between "This Lullaby", "The Truth About Forever" and now, "Along for the Ride". But I was laughing up a storm with this one! Not that the others aren't funny, 'cause they're hilarious. But the heartening feeling you get as you read through Auden's

I won't deny that I would've done a few thin
Jul 01, 2012 Priscilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Familiar and comforting. Although aspects of the book are predictable, it didn't make it less fun to read.

Initial thoughts:
1. Auden and her parents fall on the extreme side of the personality spectrum. They were particularly unlikable at the beginning. Although Auden has her faults, she develops fantastically as a character.
2. Love the setting and time span of this book. Auden has a good chunk of time during the summer to make up for missed moments she didn't have in high school, and unintention
~temera  makeeta~
this is my second Sarah Dessen book in two days and I have to say, I'm becoming a fan.
although this book had many flaws, such as, the plot line seemed undeveloped a lot. I feel like it was meant to deal with the struggles of a teenage outsider but it side tracked occasionally. also, I hated a lot of the characters, including her parents. they had weird personalities, I couldn't connect with them. to top it off, there were plenty of times when I couldn't connect with Auden as well. in the beginn
The problem with Sarah Dessen's books is not that she uses the same formula in every single one. That's fine! She's good at it, people like it - what one can do one must do, etc., etc.

No, the problem is that she uses the same deadass doorknob of a female protagonist every single time. Auden is Annabel (Just Listen) is Ruby (Lock and Key) is Caitlin (Dreamland). They are ALL. The same. And my God, they are boring as hell.

Auden, by far, is the deadest doorknob of them all. She is about as exciting
Jul 06, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected a lot from this book but after reading some reviews I was getting worried. I was afraid that I would get bored in the middle of the book because everyone was saying it was the same as all her other books. It is very similar I’ll agree to that, but there were differences. I’ll also admit that after reading some other Sarah Dessen books I know that the ending turns out alright for the main girl but I personally like that.

One difference from this character is all about her studies and he
Jennifer Wardrip
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I have read every Sarah Dessen book published. I was so excited to learn she was coming out with a new one, ALONG FOR THE RIDE, that I marked the release date on my calendar. Was the wait worth it? Absolutely. Finished it in two days time, too - it would have taken me less time but I had to factor in pesky responsibilities like work.

I love the way Dessen writes. Her characters are always real, and the storylines are believable - you can't ask fo
Oct 17, 2010 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I first saw the trailer for Along for The Ride I was SOOO disappointed. I thought the story line sounded shallow and just so not Sarah Dessen…. I bought it, but it took me 8 months to actually pick it up and read it. I think I hate the trailer. It is one of my favorite books of all time and I’ve re-read it like twelve times already. Yup, I hate the trailer :)

Ok, so, for those of you who haven’t seen the trailer it is here, though I’ll still say the s
Jan 25, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
My love for Sarah Dessen books started innocently enough. It was my second or third time in the young adult section in my local library and I was in sixth grade. After looking around for a while I came upon a book called, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, it looked interesting enough and I simply loved the cover, so I decided to check it out. The next day I was nearly done with it and had found out who my new favorite author was. Now, switch back to current times, when I got the amazing chance to re ...more
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
If you liked Elizabeth Scott's Perfect You, then you'd also love Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride. I know I did.

The book tells the story of a lonely girl who doesn't even know she is feeling so. Auden decides to spend her last summer before starting university with her newly re-married father, his exuberant young wife and their baby daughter after she receives a frame from her brother with the inscription "The Best Of Times". Suddenly, Auden finds that she has nothing to live up to that inscrip
My first Dessen. I really enjoyed how effortlessly I could be a part of Auden's world. I thought she did a great job when Auden was screwing up her relationship with Eli, not knowing why she was doing it and unable to stop herself. Perfect teen angst.

I was impressed with all the strong female characters. There's Auden, a smart teen (who's good at math), who has spent a lot of time and energy managing her family. Auden's mother, while maybe a little cold, is a highly regarded college professor.
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