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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,...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Viking Juvenile
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Cheryl Klein
Even more than John Green, Sarah Dessen repeats the same plot elements over and over again:

1. ONE SUMMER,
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
5. SHE DOES SOMETHING UNCHARACTERISTIC OF HER THAT STARTS OR DEEPENS HER RELATIONS...more
Thomas
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...more
Cara
Jul 14, 2014 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Kristi
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...more
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-th...more
Sloan
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
♥ Becky  22
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 the
...more
Helga
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...more
Arlene
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
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Valerie
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...more
Priscilla
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...more
Amelia
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 adventure...man.

I won't deny that I would've done a few thin...more
Peeves
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
Caris
Ah. Grown men reading books about teenage girls. Does it get any better than this?

As I was thoughtfully stroking my beard and slathering on the Bengay, I got to thinking that the appeal of this book really isn't limited to teen girls. As an adult male, I found myself engaged in the work and I appreciate what it did. Though it was about a teen girl, it dealt with universal themes: friendship, priorities, parental difficulty, etc. Dessen, in my opinion, did a good job making her character accessib...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...more
Laura
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...more
Lauren
May 06, 2009 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
Kirsten
4.5
So I just re-read this, and decided it was time for it to have a proper review. I forgot how much I truely love this book. The second read through is better because you arn't as pissed off at her parents(though you still shake your fist and murmmer curse words under your breath.) I think that Auden is such a fleshy(sorry for making that sound so creepy but that is best word for her ;))character, I feel like this book shows you so many different sides of her, from her interaction with friends,...more
H.Lee
The storyline…..

This book was not particularly about one person or even just a romance. It had many levels. There was a little romance, but it was not all gushy and lovey. It actually was just right. The book was more about a girl trying to find out who she is over the course of a summer instead of trying to be what other people thinks she is. Also about a boy trying to open himself up again after a devastating accident.

The Characters…..

I loved all of them!! The cast of characters were very well...more
Jude
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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...more
Emma
Obviously I've loved this book. Some may argue that Sarah Dessen's books are all very much alike, both in terms of plot and character. It's true. This book is vintage Sarah Dessen, you may say. But since she does it so well I choose to just enjoy it (and give AFTR the 5 stars it deserves).

Auden is a school genius but her social skills are pretty pathetic. She finds herself for the summer in a small beach town, with her dad and his new (very much younger) wife and their newborn. Add to that the i...more
Mounica
I really need to say something about the book cover. Before I started reading the book, I looked at the cover closely. The only thing that assured me that the person wearing the white shirt was a guy was the muscles in his arms. Other than that, I could have mistaken that as a girl, because, boy, no guy wears jeans like those. Seriously.

Anyway, I read the book, because you know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” After I finish the book, I look at the cover again and feel my eyes pla...more
Sam
"So I decided to relax into it, bumpy and crazy as it might be, and try for once to just go along for the ride"

This is my first Sarah Dessen book and I wasn't won over. I've been wanting to read one for quite some time now and felt like this was a good one to start with because I had been recommended it. Not to say I hated this book, it's just that I found myself thinking it was a little mediocre.

The story started off pretty boring and I believe this is because Auden was a boring person. Perfect...more
Kwoomac
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....more
█║▌♥ Pineapple in Pink



"So I just decided to relax into it, bumpy and crazy as it might be, and try it for once to just go along for the ride"

IT WAS AMAZEBALLS.


Loovveed it! Along For the Ride was sweet, emotional, and fun to read. Each character had some spunk to their personalities, some that you love and some that you just might despise .
{ Like Auden's dad. WHAT A JERK!! I still do not like him } Everyone is not who they seem to be at first sight. In this book, you learn about taking risks, giving people chances, an...more
Jami
Sarah Dessen definitely has her niche in the teenage girl literary world, and for the most part, I've enjoyed any time I've spent there with her books. And I liked Along For the Ride. I did. Was it my favorite? No. And here's why:

While I liked the story of recently graduated Auden going to stay with her father, new stepmom, and even newer baby stepsister in a small, beach town, I didn't really love any of the characters. The story, in my opinion, is all about change. It asks the question, can pe...more
Glass
In my opinion, truly good author writes using her or his personal experience as the main source of inspiration and informations. Simple, but effective - write about things you know the best! And, surely, Sarah Dessen believes in the same principal. Althought, this is just her second novel I've read so far, I noticed some similarities and somehow it made everything about this book so much more appealing. I really liked Auden - other characers as well, but her especially because I recognized so mu...more
Annie
I always finish books. Always. I HAVE to finish them. But with this, I mostly skimmed the last 50 pages because I was just that over it. In the end, it was just SO boring. Didn't much care for any of the characters (some were refreshing but most were cliches) and the romance was blah (the love interest also very blah). My first Sarah Dessen novel and it'll probably be my last.
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