Monday, August 5, 2013

Along for the Ride 5 Nut Review

GoodReads blurb:
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

I haven't had the opportunity to do much pleasure reading this summer and was lucky enough to get a chance to attack my TBR list while on vacation and immediately fell in love with Sarah's Dessen's book. But I wasn't surprised. Her writing is flawless and takes you on a journey that allows you to connect with the characters. 

As simple as riding a bike, I found myself loving the fun nature behind the book. Sure, there are deep issues and you want to scream at Auden's dad and mom but when Eli helps her to live, I fell in love. The journey to find herself in the matter of a few months was beautiful and allowed Auden to make changes in her life that I think she always needed to be made. I think most people come out of their shell or discover what they are capable of right before college, which can be a scary time in a person's life. College opens the door to all new experiences and gathering the courage to step through the door can be life altering. 

The ending was great and I wanted to read more about Auden and Eli. Do you think if we begged, we might get a "what if" scenario or sneak peak?  

Be sure to also read the letter from the author in the back. Its just as touching as this wonderful story. 

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