Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride

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Along for the Ride is one of Sarah Dessen's romance novels, centered on Auden and her fateful meeting with Eli, a fellow insomniac. With the two enjoying most of their time together at night, it's going to be a long ride.
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  • Sara Pineda
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "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."
  • Jacqueline Myers
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This book was great! Kept me flipping pages all the way until I was done! I'll be looking for more of her books right away."
  • Jerry Franklin
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "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."
  • Bobby Sullivan
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "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."
  • Kathleen Fields
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Sarah Dessen is one of the best writers for young adult novels and I have no doubt that this one could be the best!"
  • Ramón Hurtado
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Enjoyable romantic novel for a young adult. I really enjoyed reading it and seeing how the story unfolded. Good time sinker."
  • Adriana Cisneros
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "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! "
  • Lawrence Ryan
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "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!"
  • Stephen Elliott
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a good novel and one for females but not necessarily for girls in my opinion. This is more directed at grown women than young adults, but it could really go either way. I would recommend other books instead of this one."
  • Andrea Armstrong
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I wanted to give a book to a friend mostly for visual appeal. I wanted it to have a bike on its cover. This is perfect!"
  • Gary Lee
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I love summer time so this is my kind of story. takes place on summer nights witch are just the best this one gets a 5 star from me as it also is based around insomnia something i can closely relate to."
  • David Weber
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "My sister picked this book up for me on my birthday and I was pleasently surprised. Im usually not much of a romance novel fan but this book was so much more then your run od the mill romance. Very talented author who kept me engaged page after page. "
  • Brian Larson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "My young niece loves most of Sarah Dessen's books and this one was no exception . She said she loved all the layers to what seemed like a simple story . All the attention to details kept her interested ."
  • Jessica Graham
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Such a cute little book that's a romantic novel for sure, but it's also more than that. The characters have a lot of fun and personality, and I really like how rounded they are."
  • Nicholas Gomez
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Along for the Ride is a good young adult romance novel. "
  • Vincent Porter
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "One of my favorite authors. She uses humor and expert story telling to captivate readers and submerse them into her fictional world. It's a quick read, but the story keeps you intrigued. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and thought it wrapped up nicely. "
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