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Along for the Ride

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Teens drink from tumblers at parties, someone mentions "keg stands," a parent drinks a beer with lunch. While well-written, that message was lost amidst poor execution with a yawn-worthy plot and a ridiculously detached romance (seriously, I have more chemistry with the subject chemistry than these two do with each other and that's saying something). Auden, (MC), gives no more than a crap on making friends, and like...is the next freaking Einstein at school tho.

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I also hate the idea that you're either a girl who is partially girly and details her life's minutiae or you are a lonely bitch. I don't even get why the mom is so lonely. I don't know many women who don't have a group of friends, unless they are awful people. Even serious academics hang out with other serious academics or writers or researchers or whatever else. I think the either/or dichotomy is another huge falsehood. Also: hanging out with a bunch of grad students who think you're awesome and want to discuss literature with you? Sounds pretty good. Sounds like a social life to me. I love how smoothly Sarah Dessen manages to slip in these little mentions of other people, things and events from her previous books that are so discreet that only fans of hers would notice. However, when we do, it is so incredibly special and exciting! It is one of the many, many things that make her work so amazing and fun to read. I just recalled the little races I had with myself when reading these contemporaries. I wanted to fly through them because there was a whole list of books just like it left to discover. There’s no rereading. There’s only reading with fresh eyes, waiting to be amazed. I miss that. Brilliant idea of setting a lot of the book at night. It gives the book and the conversations that extra special touch. Even though it was not one of my favorites do read it. It will make you look at growing up differently. The side characters made the story more realistic and I loved most of them. I didn't like Jake at all though and I really wish that there was a part taken out of this book because I kept cringing when that incident came up. Leah, Maggie, Ester and Adam were amazing friends and I loved how welcoming they were. Maggie was one of my favorite characters, I am glad that she wasn't one of those drama queens. These characters knew how to make my day and make me feel better, if I am in a situation where I feel alone. They were all hilarious, and Eli and Auden had these moments where I would laugh my head off. Heidi was so stong and I loved Eli's mom. I didn't like Auden's father and wasn't a huge fan of her mother either. But Hollis was a nice older brother, although he was a player. They all had their flaws and that's what made the story so real and I loved that.however, i have come to notice that SD novels are very formulaic. i mean, i get it - if it aint broke, dont fix it. and even though i have grown to a certain level of comfortability with her stories, i kind of wish she would break the trend every once in a while. but she has a style and she does it well, so i cant really fault her for that. Now, ironically, given the book’s subject matter, I read this one during one of my insomnia episodes. In fact, it’s 7:52 a.m. as of writing this sentence, and I just had breakfast and sat down to write this review. I’ll be going to sleep soon as I finish it, quite satisfied at that, because this book turned an otherwise destined to be useless night, exciting, interesting, and memorable. (Which is more than I can say about all the others, considering I can’t even distinguish one from another…) All the teens (mostly 18-year-olds) drink almost nightly at keggers, parties, and clubs, with no consequences. Adults, mostly Auden’s mother, drink frequently; one offers Auden wine. Cast of teenagers is diverse. One female friend is gay. One character speaks some Spanish. A girl rides a BMX bike like the boys.

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I think I get it now. The whole appeal with Sarah Dessen and the million or so romance books she's churned; she's no Stephanie Perkins but reading her work is just so easy. Or at least this one was, my first one yet. I liveblogged reading this for a friend, so instead of writing up AGAIN why this book made me so furious and frustrated, I'll just copy and paste for you: Eli prompts Auden to live out some missing experiences, and she helps him process and move on from his grief. Mothers are shown to care for their offspring, sometimes compromising their own health in the absence of a participating father figure. Auden's mom is a respected professor; her dad is a writer. Maggie and friends bring Auden into their fold naturally and generously. I could strongly connect with Auden’s poor social skills but only because I’m me. My mom is nothing like Auden’s mom. In fact, my mom might be one of the most sociable, affable mothers you’ll ever meet. You’ll probably wonder why one of her daughters turned up like me. I got the hang of it though when I reached my twenties. I’m still socially awkward but at least I’m perfectly okay with it. Gosh, how did I manage to twist this review and make it about me? Blame it to my poor social skills. There she meets one of Heidi's employees, Maggie. Maggie's friends Leah and Esther walk into the store and reveal to Maggie that her ex-boyfriend Jake (who she is still in love with) hooked up with a girl the previous night, though they don't know that it was Auden yet. Once they figure out who he hooked up with, Auden ends up briefly explaining to Maggie that she has no relationship with Jake whatsoever. The next day Auden's family decides to head down to the Last Chance diner for dinner. It is clear that Auden's father is irritated since he does not want to leave the house so he can finish his book. Heidi has to go to her boutique on the way to dinner due to a business error, which irritates Auden's father even more. While waiting for Heidi at the diner, Auden is prompted by her father to take care of Thisbe outside. A young man called Eli helps her out by calming down Thisbe.As always, I adored the references to Sarah Dessen's other books! I always get such a ridiculous thrill from it!!

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pg. 43, OMG, "maybe my mom could play the aloof, selfish bitch" - first of all WTF, secondly, ever think that your mom IS OK with just doing dudes and not getting attached? LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE. OMFG. Auden Penelope West: Auden is the main character of Along for the Ride. She is a quiet and smart girl who lived with her mother after her parents' divorce, devoting herself to schoolwork in an attempt to please her perfectionist of a mother. Academia is like her "old friend" and she relies on it as her place to keep calm. Along the way, she realizes she lost most of her childhood because her parents treated her as an adult since she was young and she never bothered to participate in any of the important milestones of becoming a teenager. Auden decides to spend her last summer before college in the beach town of Colby where her father, stepmother and new baby sister live. Breaking free from the constraints of her parents' impossibly high expectations, Auden begins to live her own life, and discovers things about herself she never knew. Throughout the novel, she experiences many normal high school experiences she missed out on growing up. As she opens up to others and learns that yes, people can change, the world becomes a much more inviting place, with more things to offer than just textbooks to hide behind. Upon Heidi’s suggestion, Auden goes to the Tip on her first day. As she’s experimenting, she makes out with a guy, later regretting it. Heidi takes her in to her shop the next day, where she’s to look after the receipts. She comes face to face with three girls she’d seen at the Tip (Maggie is the ex of the guy she made out with). Now they all work together. As the summer progresses, Auden aggregates herself to the trio from Clementine’s, faces the errors of her prejudice toward people influenced by her motIn some ways, Auden felt the same way, and that is one of the things I liked about this book. It was weird because ever since I started reading this book, I felt like I was lonely. It was like, I had a strong connection to this book and I am really glad that I do. Even Eli had the same impact on me, he was so easy to relate to in some ways. I really liked how Eli and Auden could connect in some ways and how both of their lives changed in the end. Even if they had their ups and downs, they were awesome friends and meant for each other.

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