Grades 10 - 12
Grade level Equivalent: 5.6
Lexile Measure®: HL750L
Guided Reading: Y
- Realistic Fiction
- Young Adult
- Changes and New Experiences
- Divorce, Remarriage, Blended Families
- Romantic Relationships
About This Book
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.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.
Praise for Along for the Ride
"Dessen’s complex characters and rich plot make this both an engaging and realistic novel. Not only will this novel appeal to readers looking for a quick and easy read, but also to those who insist on quality writing." — Children's Literature
"The spark between these two sad teens and the joyful examples of girl connectivity deepen this ostensibly lighthearted, summer-fun story, which offers up complex issues — the residual effects of divorce, acceptance of imperfect parents and lip-gloss feminism." — Kirkus