December 23, 2009
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
If you have not read any of Sarah Dessen's books then you need to experience them. All of them are poignant, and have real themes. All of her characters are believable and lovable. Some of my first literary crushes are from Sarah Dessen.
Along for the Ride was the same. Auden, and Eli develop such a great relationship that makes you want one like it. Auden is dealing with real problems, and she is struggling like a real girl. She is very relate able and I want her to be my best friend. And I want Eli as my boyfriend!
The plot moved very quickly and was beautifully written. If you have never read a Sarah Dessen book why not start with this gem? Overall a fabulous book just like all of her other books!