Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen book review

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Blurb:

Ever since her parents’ divorce, Auden has been unable to sleep. She’s built a routine that gets her through each night; but when the opportunity comes for her to spend her summer at the beach with her father and his new family, she jumpd at the chance to break out of her rut.
  Life at the beach proves more challenging than Auden expects. In addition to trying to figure out how she fits into her new life, she also has to navigate the girls at work with their gossip and friendship ans crushes. And then there’s Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nocturnal tour guide. With an endless supply of long summer nights between them, almost anything can happen….

Awww this book!

Auden is a bit of a loner. She likes to be on her own. She has very intelligent parents, which in turn has made her intelligent, and her older brother is off travelling the world.
Auden never got to do the normal things girls in school did. She didn’t party. She didn’t hang out. She didn’t go shopping with the girls. And she certainly didn’t gossip and open up about her feelings.
All in all Auden likes to lose herself in her studies.

Then she gets a present from her brother; a photo frame with a picture of himself and the words The Best of Times scrawled on the front.

Those few words change her summer for the better.

Auden goes to her dad’s house for the summer, living with her stepmom,  Heidi and new baby sister Thisbe.

Auden wants a stress-free summer. To get a heads start on her reading for when she goes to college. What she doesn’t expect is going to a beach party, snogging some guy and then inadvertently peeing off his ex girlfriend and her best friends.

But what starts as bad beginning with these three girls (Maggie, Leah and Esther) soon turns into friendship.

Then of course there’s Eli. The guy who doesn’t talk to anyone yet seems to talk to her, the guy who is an insomniac like her.
And the guy whose about to wrangle his way into her heart…

I loves this book. It reminded me of long lazy summer days where you got lost in teenage love and romance. It reminded me of when I was about 12/13 years old and reading YA novels about summer adventures and young love and self discovery.

It one of those feel good books, one that makes you smile and laugh, that makes your heart-break with certain scenes.

It just makes you feel good.

As much as I love my paranormal YA books and my Dystopian books and contemporary YA booke it was good to just get away in a romantic, self discovery type YA book.

I liked how different Auden was to other main characters. She was always alone. She never really had a childhood, she was old for her age. Maybe it was growing up with intellectual parents. While her brother was off doing other things, she had her head in a book. So when she went to live with her dad she made mistakes with other people because she didn’t know how to act. And I loved how we saw her grow. Become independent and seperate from her parents.

Eli… le sigh… he was the hot complicated mysterious guy who had a sad past. He never speaks to anyone yet when Auden comes into town he opens up and lets her in. He becomes her night time tour guide and soon their friendship becomes something more. But with Auden scared and not knowing much about this stuff its obvious heart-break is coming its way.

The three girls, Maggie, Leah and Esther are best friends who are all completely different than how they look. They make a great group of friends and I love how accommodating they are to Auden.

Her parents are a whole different manner. Her mother is cynical, her father has no idea of how to act around other people and can’t admit to how wrong he is at times and her step mother is more intelligent than  everyone gives her credit for. They each have their own self discovery along the way too.
Infact all of the characters do.

This is my first Sarah Dessen novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely be picking up more of her work in the future.

5 out of 5 stars

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