ALONG FOR THE RIDE
New York : Viking, 2009
Auden is trapped between a cold-hearted bitch for a mother and a distant, failed author for a father, so it’s no wonder she doesn’t have much of a life beyond being good at school. It is a surprise, even to her, when she decides to spend the summer before going off to college with her father and his new family. Auden hasn’t been able to sleep at night for a few years now and it’s no different in a new town, she just doesn’t have the good all night diner to go to anymore. So she wanders around – and that’s how she accidentally meets Eli. Eli was one of the gang in this small town, up until his best friend Abe was killed last year. Now Eli can’t sleep either, and he and Auden form a tentative bond over late night coffee and errands. But, as in every Sarah Dessen book, Auden can’t let things stay as they are. (Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2011)
It’s been so
long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her
parents’ divorce - or since the fighting started. With
no other plans for the summer than pre-reading the
texts for her first semester at a prestigious
university, Auden makes the snap decision 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, and their
crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being
the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she
meets Eli, another loner and fellow night owl who
becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town.
Together they embark on parallel quests. For Auden, to
experience the carefree childhood and teenage life
she’s been denied, including a food fight, riding a
bike, going to a club, delivering papers, and a prom.
For Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for
the death of a friend. (Colorado
Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2011)
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.
Stepfamilies -- Fiction.
Babies -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
Divorce -- Fiction.
Change -- Fiction.