Published: 2009, Speak (Penguin Group)
Source: Purchased myself
Rating: 5 stars
Ever since her parents' divorce, Auden has been unable to sleep. She's built a routine that gets her through each night; but when the opportunity comes for her to spend her summer at the beach with her father and his new family, she jumps at the chance to break out of her rut.
Life at the beach proves more challenging than Auden expects. In addition to trying to figure out how she fits into her father's new life, she also has to navigate the girls at work with their gossip and friendship and crushes. And then there's Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nocturnal tour guide. With and endless supply of long summer nights between them, almost anything can happen... (from back cover).
What can I say? I love Sarah Dessen's books. They make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I love how the title always fits in perfectly with the storyline. I love the 'morals' of the story. I love the character's unique names. I love how Dessen has characters from her previous books make appearances (they only show up briefly though) in her newer books. Sometimes the characters only show up so quickly you may read over it before you realize it. Jason from The Truth About Forever makes a few appearances in this book
Auden grew up too fast. Her parents always treated her like an adult (even when she was three) and never really like a child. She's missed out on a big part of childhood because of this. Auden never did things like play hide-and-seek, spin around in a circle until you make yourself dizzy, play with dolls, or even learn how to ride a bike. Things that are considered to be a rite of passage in childhood, Auden never took part in.
This leads to my favorite part of the book: the quest. What do you do at 2 am when you can't sleep? Go on an adventure and try to reclaim your youth. Never been bowling or participated in a food fight? This is the summer for it!
Auden and Eli bond over the fact that they both can't sleep at night. They bot avoid sleep for different reasons. They spend their nights together by running errands and eating pie. If I have trouble sleeping I'll watch a movie or read a few chapters in a book or have a small snack. If I really can't sleep I'll go for a run (luckily my gym is open 24 hours).
Along For The Ride was no exception to my love of Sarah Dessen books. It is full of everything I love about her writing. I thought Auden was easy to relate to.
Question: Inspired by Auden's quest is there anything from your adolescence that you never did but you wished you did?