Along for the Ride
By Sarah Dessen
(Speak, Paperback, 9780142415566, 432pp.)
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
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Ever since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night. Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake. And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide. Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. In her trademark blockbuster-style, Sarah Dessen creates a powerful and irresistible story of two people learning how to connect.
"Beautifully captures that sense of summer as a golden threshold between past regrets and future unknowns." -The Washington Post