"Along for the Ride" is a captivating young adult novel from "New York Times" Number One bestseller Sarah Dessen, about learning to let go and enjoy life. Auden has always felt like the odd one out. Since her parents' divorce she's shied away, studying lots and staying out of the party scene. But now Auden's realized there must be something more ...
"Along for the Ride" is a captivating young adult novel from "New York Times" Number One bestseller Sarah Dessen, about learning to let go and enjoy life. Auden has always felt like the odd one out. Since her parents' divorce she's shied away, studying lots and staying out of the party scene. But now Auden's realized there must be something more and, just like that, she changes everything. Moving to her dad's house opens up a whole new whole of beach parties, food fights - and simply having fun. As she gets to know herself - and a secretive boy with dark, brooding eyes - can Auden begin to let go and finally feel like she truly belongs? Acclaim for Sarah Dessen: "Unputdownable". ("MIZZ"). "A poignant coming-of-age story". ("Big Issue"). "A compelling story and beautifully written". ("Time Out"). Sarah Dessen is the author of six stunning teen novels: "Just Listen", "The Truth about Forever", "Lock and Key", "That Summer" and "What Happened to Goodbye". She lives in the countryside in North Carolina with her daughter, husband, some lizards and two very spoilt dogs - read her once and fall in love.
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Publishers Weekly, 2009-04-27 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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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