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Publisher's Note:

A New York Times bestseller Up all night. Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her. Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide. Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen. . . .…

Along for the Ride

by Sarah Dessen

Overall Book Review:

Sarah Dessen masterfully weaves romance and friendship through stories of young people struggling with modern-day issues. Her writing is believable and real, without superfluous drama or angst. 

Some readers might feel every wound is stitched up a little too neatly in Along for the Ride, that no one can bounce back from problems this serious in the space of a summer, but for young readers, Dessen’s stories communicate hope in a brighter future and the belief that any problem can be solved. She tugs at the heartstrings just enough to evoke empathy without being maudlin. 

I know several teen girls who are huge fans of Sarah Dessen, and I can certainly understand why. Dessen knows young people, and she gently helps them see a way out of life’s obstacles through communication and healthy relationships–all while telling a compelling story that appeals to a girl’s sense of romance. This is one author whose fan club I can heartily promote. 

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  51 religious exclamations; 4 mild obscenities; 8 derogatory names; 6 scatological words; 6 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  A character remembers a fatal car accident; characters sustain minor sport-related injuries with little blood.

Sex/Nudity:  Implied sexual activity; characters engage in suggestive body movements while dancing (twice); characters kiss briefly (3 times).

Mature Subject Matter:

Divorce, family problems, death of a loved one.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Social drinking (adults under 21).

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About the Reviewer

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother would often find me curled up in a corner, avoiding chores with a book–or two. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a large selection of YA books. I had children’s books and adult literature to choose from. I’ve come to love YA fiction as an adult and read almost nothing else when I read for pleasure–any genre will do.