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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride is Sarah Dessen's ninth book and my first. Reading a book by Sarah Dessen has been on my list of things to do since I became a high school librarian six years ago. What took me so long? Who knows, but I just finished Along for the Ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even woke up hours early this morning so that I could have some quiet time to finish it before the day got away from me.

Auden decides to spend the summer after her senior year living with her father, Heidi the step-mother, and new half-sister, Thisbe, before going off to college in the Fall. Up to this point Auden has focused almost all of her energy on academics with few friends and no social life. Auden helps out Heidi by keeping the books for her boutique so that she can stay home with Thisbe, who is a very fussy baby. While working at the boutique Auden makes friends with the other girls who work there. She also starts to spend time with Eli, another night-owl like Auden, and they embark on a quest --- doing things normal teenagers do that Auden never did growing up. Along the way Auden learns a lot about herself which includes "getting back up on the bike" after a fall.

Earlier this summer I placed a poll on my blog asking Dessen fans to weigh in and tell me which of Sarah's books I should read first.  Along for the Ride wasn't the winner. (I believe that Just Listen won.) However, I found this book in the audiobook section of the library and decided that would be the best way to get me started. SO I checked it out and started listening.  I really like listening to audiobooks especially if the story has complicated names (like the Eragon series) or begs for dramatic interpretation (like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) but books like Along for the Ride sometimes bog down in this format.  The narrator, Rachel Botchan, does a great job and sounds very believable as a teenager.  The problem with the format is the amount of time it takes to listen to a book verses read a book.  When I finally switched to the written book I was able to zoom along and found I enjoyed the story much more.

Before I consider myself a Sarah Dessen fan I will want to read another of her books, but in the meantime I enjoyed this one and will certainly recommend it to students this Fall.


  1. I have not read a Dessen yet, but everyone seems to love her, so I will be certain to put one on my to-buy list soon! Thanks for the review!

  2. I really liked this book, as well as What Happened to Goodbye. But that's all I've read of hers so far.
    Happy Reading!

  3. I don't think I've read this book by her, but I LOVE all the other ones I have! Great review! I'll have to check this out very soon!


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