Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is an author who still eludes me… I have to read one of her books and I know Camryn has gushed about her before!  ~ Sheila

Along for the Ride



Austen is a teenager with teenager issues. Her parent’s divorce gave her a case of insomnia, and her mother’s relationships with her grad students doesn’t sit well with her. Her dad is a professor who like strange names, such as Austen. He believes that great writers deserve to have his children named after them. His new wife, Heidi, gets a taste of this when their child is named Thisbe. Luckily, Heidi convinced him to allow her to make Caroline her middle name, instead of Andromeda. Austen, fed up with her mother’s attitude and games, packs up to live with her dad in Colby, a small beach town. She wants her last summer before college to be different. Her first few days consisted of prepping for Defriese, the college she was going to attend, but soon turns into a friendship with Heidi, and a job at Clementine, Heidi’s store, as Heidi’s book-keeper. In Colby, she meets a fellow insomniac, Eli. Eli is different; he is mysterious, a sort of closed book. As Auden becomes better and better friends with Eli, she starts to learn about his past, and what made him the person he is today.



Along for the Ride is Sarah Dessen’s most recent novel. It’s also my favorite of all of her books. It is for the same preteen to teenager audience, but it’s really great. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good summer read.

Camryn is 13 years old, and enjoys reading YA books of the fantasy and romance genre. A few of her favorite books are “Hourglass” by Myra McEntire, “The Other Countess” by Eve Edwards, “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick, “The Immortals” series, the “Marked” series and the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series.  When she’s not reading she enjoys watching Gilmore Girls or going to book sales for more books to add to her ever-growing collection.

Check out Camryn’s other YA reviews here

14 thoughts on “Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

  1. I made a teeny mistake in my review that I figured out yesterday….What Happened to Goodbye is her latest book…..:/ Sarah Dessen is such a good author. I love every single one of her books!

  2. I haven’t read this author either, but Camryn’s review makes me want to pick one up.

    BTW Sheila… you and Camryn have lots in common. You both love to read, watch Gilmore Girls and book sales!!

  3. Bah! I’ve heard so many great things about Sarah Dessen, but I have yet to read one of her books! This one’s been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks now, so I have no excuse! Great review, Camryn. 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed this one. I found Austen to be completely relatable (why is that NOT a word?). I really like Dessen while reading her but most of her books are pretty forgettable for me.

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