Thursday, November 19, 2009



Busy, busy, busy! What a busy week for me. With work, the release of New Moon (GOODY!) and Beautiful Creatures being a bit over 500 pages, I just have this inkling that I won't finish reading BC for a couple weeks. Hopefully I can find some time this weekend and finish it, but no promises. Till then, I thought I'd continue my journey and keep reviewing my favorite books from this year.

Thus, Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen:

It's been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents' divorce--or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. 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. In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors, and Along For The Ride is a prime example as to why. Auden is one of those girls who just never seemed to fit in. I'm sure everyone has had a moment or two where they can relate. Just imagine being home schooled then starting high school for the first time. I know, very "Mean Girls," but that's the best way I could describe it. Anyways, that's how it is when Auden decides to stay with her father for the summer and is tossed into the small beach town of Colby. Auden decides to help her step mother out by working at her boutique. The thing is, 3 other girls work there as well. And this begins Auden's adventures in the land of girls! Good thing she's not alone...

There's Eli, the "loner who is friends with everyone." He seems to seclude himself from everyone. Part of the plot is figuring out why Eli is the way he is. His goal is to open Auden up to all the childhood experiences she's never had. What they end up discovering is what the other can offer. Eli being the inner-kid to Auden's serious life, and Auden being the kind of friend Eli seaks/needs.

Along For The Ride is a great weekend read. So take your shoes off, kick back and enjoy. Let the butterflies and warm fuzzies take over. *sigh* I love that feeling, don't you? :)

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