Along for the Ride
By Sarah Dessen
(Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780141327488)
Publication Date: January 2010
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2009 Kids' List
“When Auden suddenly decides to spend the summer before college with her father, stepmother, and new baby stepsister, her whole life starts changing. When she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac/loner, it changes even more, as Auden starts questioning who she really is -- and who she wants to be. Sarah Dessen tells a great story, with characters that you cheer for.”
-- Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
Following her parents' bitter divorce, Auden has the chance to spend the summer with her dad and his new family in a charming beach town. There she meets Eli, and together they embark on parallel quests.