Along for the Ride

5664985Goodreads synopsis:

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.

My #SarahDessenMarathon is almost finished! Two more books!

We finally returned to the infamous Colby! This means that the Last Chance Grill from Keeping the Moon is a popular place in this book as well – and making me crave onion rings (and I don’t even like onion rings). Fun fact: Isabel and Morgan from Keeping the Moon are close friends with Auden’s stepmother, Heidi. We also run into Jason Talbot, the nerdy and academically driven boyfriend/ex-boyfriend from The Truth About Forever. 

Auden is the golden child in her family. She’s academically driven, does everything her parents ask, and never “stirs the pot” with typical teenage problems and attitudes. Finally the summer before she leaves for college she decides to spend it with her father, Robert, stepmother, Heidi, and newborn half-sister, Thisbe. Eli, Auden’s love interest, of course follows Dessen’s outline of the perfect boy – damaged, but extremely caring and genuine. Auden is given a chance to make real friends for the first time and go on a “quest” with Eli to fulfill all the things she never did in her life.

The last time I read this book, I was a freshman in high school…six years ago… Re-reading it now, I feel something different. I feel like it’s missing something, but I can’t figure out what. I noticed it wasn’t jam packed with perfect life quotes like Dessen’s other novels. I loved the book, but it didn’t leave me with that over-warming fuzzy feeling like others have.

Regardless, the #SarahDessenMarathon will continue with the last two books! Look for What Happened to Goodbye? by Sarah Dessen in the next couple days, after I finish my final term paper. Happy reading lovelies!

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