Reviewed: Along for the Ride

Along for the RideAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How very trademark Dessen. Everytime I crack open one of her books I know it is going to be the same as all the rest and yet I still buy and borrow them and love them all the same. Along for the Ride was no different although I kind of wished someone would punch Auden’s Dad in the face. Or stab him in the eye with a fork at the very least.

Along For the Ride is the story of Auden’s summer with her Dad, Stepmum and new half-sister. Auden thinks she will regret going but ends up learning about herself and the life she has missed up until that point.

The strangest thought I get from this book is the cover. I don’t picture Eli or Auden looking like either of those headless people… Eli just doesn’t seem like the jeans wearing type.

That aside, I was kind of hoping for something a bit less formulaic with this book but I suppose, once you’re onto a good thing why not stick with it, right? Worked for Dan Brown.

Fortunately, Dessen’s Formula is a guilty pleasure for me so I continue to follow her works but don’t expect anything new. It is the standard girl has shake-up in her life, goes somewhere new and meets a new but ‘not her type’ boy and friends. Girl then learns that maybe they’re exactly her type.

And if that is a spoiler, than you’re not paying enough attention.

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One comment

  1. Clem says:

    Haha, so true. Legit all her books are like that. Lock and Key – messed up mother, moves in with sister and brother-in-law, falls for guy there. Just Listen – victim of sexual assault with a sister with an eating disorder, falls for ~edgy bad boy~. Keeping the Moon – girl goes to live with her aunt (? I think), meets guy who she only sees as a friend, falls for him in the end.

    Yeah… but I’ve still read all her books. ๐Ÿ˜›

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