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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
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Mar 20, 12

bookshelves: ms-becky, ya-fiction

I think Auden and the other teens are presented a bit too maturely. For example instead of hating Auden for unwittingly hooking up with her boyfriend like most teen girls wood, Maggie realizes Auden probably did her a favor and the two become good friends. Also, most of the boys seem to have lived on their own for years yet they just graduated high school. How many teen do you know move out of the house early in their high school years?

If you can look past this short-coming, which I could, this is a fascinating journey of self discovery. Auden saves Eli from the life halting depression that has gripped him since Adam's death while Eli teaches Auden, the child born at 30, how to be a kid. Two insomniacs on a quest to have a life time of childhood experiences in one short summer break. Throw in an uptight mother, a not quite as flaky as she first appeared second wife for dad and a very colic-y newborn baby girl and Auden has the summer experience of a life time, including a second chance at prom, just in time to head off to college. Join her on this mostly realistic, gently paced journey; you won't regret it.
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