“People don’t change. If anything, you get more set in your ways as you get older, not less”
– Sarah Dessen, Along For The Ride
Synopsis : 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.
I’ve had this audiobook for at least 3 years, so when I started commuting this was on of the first audiobooks I “read”.
Going into Along for the Ride I was excited to read another Dessen novel that takes place in Colby, NC. The same small beachside town town as Keeping The Moon.
Growing up in the world of academia Auden West is book smart, motivated, intelligent; but more importantly, she is alone and she likes it that way. . . or so she thinks. The summer before college Auden takes her first big risk and spends the summer with her dad and new stepmother in Colby, NC in search of The Best of Times, but she finds so much more.
Dessen is the queen of Manic Pixie dream guys romance, but the romance isn’t the main story happening in Colby, NC. What really stuck out for me in Along For The Ride were the friendships, families and characters.