Sarah Dessen is legit. For me, her books are totally carry around the house and don’t stop until you are done kinds of books. Along For The Ride absolutely lived up to my expectations and then some.
Auden has major insomnia. Ever since her parents took a visit to splitsville, she doesn’t sleep during the night, choosing to drive around and drink coffee instead. Right, so Auden goes to live with her dad and his new wife for the summer. Auden is one of those people who had to group up fast because her parents act like children, and thus she’s got to take on the adult role. Anyways, while in beachtown, she decides to act like a legit teenager instead of a grown up. With a new job at her step mom’s boutique, Auden learns the ropes on how to have a normal teenage life and makes friends with Maggie whom I totally want to be my friend, and other girls and OMG they have these awesome impromptu work dance parties. It is FABULOUS.
I really enjoyed Along For The Ride minus the baby parts, because well I dislike babies. Dessen pens an interesting and engaging plot line. The tone is occasionally serious, but it never gets too heavy handed. Auden’s exploration of teen-like activities makes for an intriguing premise in addition to dealing with her family problems. Her dad is totes selfish – i.e. he won’t take care of the baby because it’s all about him and I totally wanted to clock him in the face. Anyways, I love that drama that Dessen excels at.
Okay and OMFG Eli Stock foreva! He is totally one of my new favorite Sarah Dessen love interests, although he will never ever replace Dexter. He is a professional bike rider who isn’t quite into riding bikes any more. AND he has secrets!! And he is kind!! And nice!! And athletic!! Also, a night owl, hence joining Auden on her quest to be a normal teenager. YAY Eli! Pretty much hitting all my checkpoints for good love interest.
If you are looking for a solid contemporary read, you might as well pick up Along For The Ride. After all, I secretly call Dessen ‘ol’ reliable’ in my head because her books deliver what I’m looking for every single time without fail – an authentic heroine, family drama, a strong love interest, and tumble-into-prose.
Disclosure: Purchased copy.