Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
What it's about
Auden doesn't sleep, well not at night anyway, and she doesn't have fun either. Until she spends the summer with her father and his new family. There she makes new friends, including the mysterious Eli, and with their help experiences the childhood she never had.
What I thought
While Along for the Ride doesn't quite live up to The Truth about Forever, it's a charming story. I liked Auden and I enjoyed her road to self discovery. Her blossoming romance with Eli is sweetly done, I was rooting for them. The cast of supporting characters are also brilliant. As with TTAF I found I was as interested in Auden's friends and family as I was in her. The strong supporting characters are part of what put Sarah Dessen's book in a different sphere. Lots of authors do good romances but friends and family come out flat.
The other thing is her genius for creating worlds, characters and situations that feel so real and true. I loved my nightly forays into Auden's world. Dessen also manages to take all the small, everyday things that happen to a person and show how they can completely change the direction they're going in.
I listened to this book and it's perfectly suited to audio. Rachel Botchan does an excellent job and sounded exactly how I would have imagined Auden.