Title: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
Overall: * * * * (4/5)
GoodReads blurb: 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.
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Stlye (writing style): * * * * *
My Review: This was also a reread. I enjoyed it as much the second time around as I did the first, and though I remembered most of the plot clearly, there were so many little details about the characters and their interactions that I had forgotten, which made it really fun to be reminded of. Auden is a bit different than a lot of Dessen's characters. She can be very blunt, if only because she hasn't quite figured out that people don't like that, and she really has a hard time being social with people. I had forgotten that Eli has long hair in the book, which made it hard to picture him in my head. I love that almost all of the characters had layers that Auden sort of had to peel off in order for her to see that people aren't just one thing or another.
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