Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

“You know,” I told him,”if you don’t know how to eat a cupcake, that’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
Now he did smile. “I know how to eat a cupcake.”
“Sure you do.”
“I do,” he said. “I just don’t want one of those.”
“Yeah? Prove it.”

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Publish Date: June 11, 2009

Received: Audiobook from Library

Purchase: Amazon

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.

My Review:

My thoughts on audiobooks….

This was my first time listening to an audiobook and I LOVED IT!!! I really enjoyed the voice of the reader and the way that I could differentiate between all of the characters due to the use of her different voices. The only flaw was that I listened to them in my car on my way to work and back, which was awful when I came to a good part and had arrived to my destination. I really do not have a better option, I guess that I need to get myself a set of headphones or something because everyday, I found myself sitting in my car for at least a half hour listening to this book! Audiobooks tend to be very long, this one was 13 hours, but I didn’t mind. I have another one already waiting in the wings for me.

The storyline…..

This book was not particularly about one person or even just a romance. It had many levels. There was a little romance, but it was not all gushy and lovey. It actually was just right. The book was more about a girl trying to find out who she is over the course of a summer instead of trying to be what other people thinks she is. Also about a boy trying to open himself up again after a devastating accident.

The Characters…..

I loved all of them!! The cast of characters were very well written and very fun to listen to. I wonder if I had read the book instead of listening if I would have a different opinion? I cannot really say that I have a one favorite character. They were all very complex with their own personalities, from Auden’s Mom, whom is very literary and a professor. Down to Adam, whom is in love with Maggie but has not let her know and his biggest thrill is riding bikes.

In Conclusion….

I would highly recommend this book to a friend looking for a good thought-provoking read. I am still thinking about all that Auden went through to change. This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Dessen and I am on the hunt for the next!



  1. Hi Heather – do you have a smartphone (iPhone or Android)? I used to listen to audiobooks on CD’s and then would rip them to mp3 – but I recently re-discovered and their iPhone app and it is so great (they have an Android one too).
    I now listen to books when walking the dog, walking around town.. and of course driving to/from work like you do. Anyway – just thought I would mention it as it sounds like you are really enjoying this format (who doesn’t like being read to!?!)


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