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Along for the Ride

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  200,820 ratings  ·  8,131 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...

This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN10 0142415561.
Paperback, Reissue, 399 pages
Published June 2012 by Speak (first published June 16th 2009)
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Rahma The first of her books that I ever read was Just Listen, and I fell in love. I've also heard the same from other people; Just Listen was their first a…moreThe first of her books that I ever read was Just Listen, and I fell in love. I've also heard the same from other people; Just Listen was their first as well. So yes, start with that.
As for her best, my favourites are The Truth About Forever, The Moon and More, and Saint Anything.(less)

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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
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
the thing that i love most about sarah dessen novels is the effortlessness and ease in which i am transported to a younger time, a carefree time. when adult worries are forgotten and young love is all that matters. sigh.

however, i have come to notice that SD novels are very formulaic. i mean, i get it - if it aint broke, dont fix it. and even though i have grown to a certain level of comfortability with her stories, i kind of wish she would break the trend every once in a while. but she has a st
Ali Goodwin
3.5 stars! This book was super cute and I loved how it was half romance and half coming of age/slice of life. The reason I gave 3.5 stars is because I felt like it moved a bit slow at parts. If the book was like 100 pages shorter I think it would be a 4 or 4.5 star read. Perfect summer read though! And I'm excited to watch the movie ...more
the burning dreamer.
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.5 stars

”Maybe it’s true, and being a girl could not be about interest rates and skinny jeans, riding bikes and wearing pink. Not about any one thing, but everything.”

Although the story was a bit slow, it was written nice and easy. I really liked the premise and the characterization of Auden
She grew up under the strict tutelage of her intimidating, condescending mother while her barely visible dad always manages to escape his daddy roles in the guise of perfecting his craft in writing. I
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Peoples, this book ain’t worth it.

This author was all like, ‘oh let’s put a normal teenage girl who has low self esteem!’ AHEM.

And let’s not forget about that boy! Of course Dessen went for the typical approach.

Now, see I thought it’d be some great guy who’s hot and sports a six pack and all..basically my dream guy in every book.


This dude.......*restrains from wanting to str
not the best sarah dessen, but, you know, not the worst.

there's kind of an interesting exploration of feminism and female gender identity in here??? which is not exactly what you'd expect. like, when this book started out by describing the protagonist's mom with this paragraph: "She was an expert on women in literature but didn't much like them in practice. Partly, it was because so many of them were jealous," going on to describe her unbeliiiiiieeeeevable intelligence, success, beauty, and rock
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
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
Nov 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
♥ Becky  22
May 19, 2013 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
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. ...more
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
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When that wave of nostalgia hits you in the middle of a pandemic so you succumb to reread all the books that made your summers. I have a whole twitter thread just on that:


Question: What are your favorite YA contemporaries to reread? I'm in desperate need for recommendations.

I am seeking comfort in old YA contemporaries that brought me too much joy in summer. just reading the synopsis for this book was like an instant hit of joy. I could hear an echo of the 2013-2014 bops that were playing on
May 22, 2014 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 e
❦ jazmin
“An ending was an ending. No matter how many pages of sentences and paragraphs of great stories led up to it, it would always have the last word.”

⇢The Pot
Definitely one of my favourite Sarah Dessen books. I loved the way all of the subplots wove together throughout the story and the resolutions of all of the smaller conflicts were so satisfying. I also found the development of the romance to be one of the best in all of her books!

“Life is full of screwups. You're supposed to fail som
This book was extremely relatable , some might say it was boring I get that , but I was not bored at all , all characters were well written , flawed and real and the character growth was well done , it's books like this one that help you grow while you synonymously being entertained , it was not an easy summer read but it was meaningful , strong , touching and healing .

Thanks Mrs. Dessen
Jenny Jo Weir
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Sarah Dessen simply does not disappoint. This one was awesome, with the bikes and the self identification. Also I loved how the stereotypes were addressed and how it's OK to fit into different categories without feeling like you have to stay in one box because society says so. I was never lonely per say, but I do remember that feeling of not fitting in and knowing I was different. I really enjoyed the take this book took on that and the outcome. Great read. ...more
Bonnie Shores
Apr 26, 2017 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
Jul 01, 2011 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
Edit: 4.5 stars after this reread.
No idea why I rated it 3 stars back in 2012!
Daniella (Reading With Daniella)
Click here to see this review and others on my blog Reading With Daniella

I have really liked, if not loved, every Sarah Dessen book that I have read, and Along for the Ride was no exception.
It is no surprise that I was in love with the writing style of this book. Sarah Dessen has such an admirable way with words. I don't think I could ever tire of reading her stories. I will forever continue picking up her books and I am sure that I will continue falling in love with everything that she produces
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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
Acordul Fin
“It was so easy to disown what you couldn't recognize, to keep yourself apart from things that were foreign and unsettling. The only person you can be sure to control, always, is yourself. Which is a lot to be sure of, but at the same time, not enough.”
Normally you'd expect the romance to take center stage in contemporaries like those written by Sarah Dessen, but I have to say, this element in her books is almost always sweet but highly underwhelming, it takes a backseat to character
Kelly Brigid ♡
Are those ... Barbie dolls on the cover?


I will never see this cover the same.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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 situat
Mackenzie Lane
Just...boring. I don't have anything too, too negative to say, but I also don't have anything super positive to say either.

All of the characters were flat; they lacked a necessary flair & zest. They weren't complex, and they didn't surprise me.

It was slow moving & uneventful, but easy to read once you actually convinced yourself to pick the book back up.

Eh, the girl support in this book was refreshing after having read a few contemporaries where the MC ripped other girls apart because of how t
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