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Along for the Ride

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New York Times bestseller

Up all night.

Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.
Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.
Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen. . . .
“As with all Dessen’s books, [this] is a must-have” —VOYA, starred review
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 27, 2009 – Studious good girl Auden, named for the poet, makes a snap decision to spend her summer before college at her father's beach house rather than with her mother, a professor whose bad habits include male grad students. Auden's parents divorced three years earlier, a split she's not yet over. Her remarried father has already produced another heir, a colicky baby named Thisbe (after a tragic figure from Shakespeare), with his young wife, Heidi, who owns a boutique. Feeling sympathy for stressed-out Heidi, Auden agrees to do the shop's bookkeeping, providing her with an instant social circle the teenage clerks plus the boys from the neighboring bike rental, including hunky, wounded Eli. Both night owls, Auden and Eli bond when he coaxes her to experience childhood activities bowling, food fights, learning to ride a bike that her insufferable parents never bothered to provide. Auden's thoughtful observations make for enjoyable reading this is solid if not top shelf Dessen: another summer of transformation in which the heroine learns that growing up means propelling yourself forward, into whatever lies ahead, one turn of the wheel at a time. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews


This book was one of the best books I have ever read. This was not the first book that I have read by Sarah Dessen, but it was definintly one of her best! The characters all had great personalities, and they were so enjoyable to read about. I recommend it for everyone who loves books about teenage love and the difficult situations they have to go through.

Best book EVER

I love to read and Ive read a lot of book but never any as good as this one! I recommend it for all age 1 to 100!! I love the romance between Eli and Auden!


This was my first read of a Sarah Dessen book and I found her to have a refreshing way of voicing her characters. There were quite a few characters but they all had distinctive voices and never seemed like contrived caricatures. The relationship between Auden and Eli was subtle and lovely to watch and read as it unfolded. And most of the characters had depth to them, not all perfect or imperfect. But very distinct. And I really liked the setting the story took place in, I really got the feeling of what a small coastal touristy place would be like during the summer. I'll be keeping and reading this one again!

Along for the Ride
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Romance
  • Published: Jun 16, 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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