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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
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Feb 06, 10

bookshelves: z2010, young-adult
Read from February 02 to 06, 2010

Although I am all grown up I enjoy an occasional YA novel that is well written. I grab this off the shelf at the library and was told that Sarah Dessen is well received among the notable YA authors and I can see why. This book shows a respect for teen readers that are in the stage between childhood and entering the next stage of life ( college, work etc). Auden is the youngest child of literary academics who have recently divorced. The classic Type A personality who finds comfort in the strictures of school work, study and academics in order to move unobserved through her young life. Because of all these factors she has never really been able enjoy ( and in her mind, didn't really miss) some of the classic childhood pleasures such as riding a bike, having "girlfriends" or just fooling around. In the summer before college she visits her father who is remarried and a new father and starts to understand that it's okay to deviate from the "goal" and be "young" once and a while. When Auden meets Eli, a dark, complicated person of the night, who is also avoiding others but for a totally different reason. I liked the realistic interaction between Auden and all the characters in this book, and enjoyed it's straight forwardness. It was well written in language for it's demographics. The only draw back was that it did not fully address the obvious psychological signs that Auden was effected more by her parents final days together and divorce and her lack of "childlike" childhood. Her avoidance of interaction with other "normal" teen girl activities by staying up all night studying in a 24hr coffee shop for example. I felt the author was trying to show that this was an issue that needed to be addressed but it never full is in the books conclusion. Perhaps this is why I liked the book since in real life issues are not always "fixed" at the end of a chapter of your life before moving on to the next. One of the other things that I very much liked was that this book did not feel contrived. There were no wild story arcs that would normally end up taking attention away from what the book is really about. I would recommend this book to YA 15+ and adults who like mature YA novels.
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Rane Great REview Dyanne, I've been wanting to sit down with a good YA book of late and Sarah Dessen has many rave reviews about her books

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