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What the community says about Along for the Ride
- "When looking at books, it can be very hard to browse a large library at once. I decided to go one letter at a time through the alphabet to make my journey through young adult novels a little more manageable. Along for the Ride fits this category. It's a romance novel about two teenagers who meet up at night to spend time together. I'm not a big fan of romance books, but this seems to be well received."
- "There are several layers to this story, and I appreciated the depth in Along for the Ride that we don’t get in all of Sarah’s novels. Auden doesn’t sleep – hasn’t since before her parents divorced – and when she decides to spend the summer before college with her dad, his new wife, and their new born daughter, Auden meets fellow insomniac Eli. Along for the Ride has some of my favorite Dessen themes: female friendship, great tension between the MC and love interest, and a realistic protag. I remember relating to Auden when I was younger, because I was an insomniac and did everything I could to avoid sleeping. I loved, and still do, the idea of going on a mini-adventure every night while everyone else is sleeping. Like most of Sarah’s books, the family dynamic is tense in this one, but Auden’s parents felt so…self-absorbed and pretentious, it infuriated me to read. Ultimately this was a middle of the road Dessen novel for me: not the best, not the worst, but overall somewhat forgettable when lumped in with the rest."
- "I really wanted to enjoy this novel as the premise jumped out to me and I thought it could be very interesting. However, the characters are very dull and do not leave much to be desired. The attempts at comedy often fall flat, and comedic moments are definitely needed in this book that lacks many other dimensions. If you are looking for a quick read to pass the time and not think much about, then give it a try. Otherwise, find something else."
- "This is a fantastic book and I can't recommend it enough. The characters jump right off the page and they are so realistic I feel like I'm reading about actual people. The romance itself is really cute and not overdone at all. I think that this is a really fantastic read and I couldn't put it down and I think that most people won't be able to either! "
- "I've read almost all of Sarah Dessen's books and have loved them all. I was hesitant about Along for the Ride though, because it was a newer book. That said, I decided to buy it and was not disappointed. All of the lovable elements of her past books were also present in this one, and yet it was completely different. The complexity of Auden and Eli, and the summer they endure was so fun to read. And I love the last chapter, which provided much needed closure. If you like Sarah Dessen, you'll really like this book!"