Along for the Ride- Review

I have to admit I have never read a Sarah Dessen novel before. I always meant to but just never got around to it. I try to read as much YA as possible since my previous job as a Children’s Librarian also led me to giving reader’s advisory to teens as well, something I savored.  My sister is a teenager and a very reluctant reader but I have noticed that if left around, she will pick up certain books. Sarah Dessen is an author I know she will read if I provide the book. So my first Sarah Dessen has turned out to be her newest Along for the Ride. And I have to say I really enjoyed it and see the appeal it holds for my sister and a lot of teen girls. Dessen’s characters are teens but she doesn’t talk down to her readers and she is very true to negating the typical stereotypes. She also isn’t afraid of addressing tough issues such as death, divorce, blended families or even postpartum depression. I appreciated her honesty and ability to simply tell a good story that would keep readers interested especially those reluctant teens. Also kudos for showing that a girl can be girly and still smart. That is a stereotype that I myself fought for a long time and still do from time to time in womanhood. So give Sarah Dessen a try whether it’s for you or that reluctant teen girl reader in your life! And if you have read any other Dessen novels you want to comment about…I would love to have my next title recommendation….in the meantime here is a description of her latest:

Along for the Ride

“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.”



Filed under Books for Girls, Young Adult Books

2 responses to “Along for the Ride- Review

  1. You’ll definitely want to read The Truth About Forever (her best book imo). I’m a huge Sarah Dessen fan so I would also suggest Just Listen (my second favorite), Lock and Key, and This Lullaby.

  2. stilettostorytime

    Thanks for the recommendations Sandra! I will have to check them out!

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