Hey, Night Owls! This was a reread for me because I needed to read an old favorite. It’s been almost 5 years since I first read this book, and it did not disappoint! Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, follows Auden as she spends her last summer before college with her dad at the beach.
Auden West’s parents are divorced and have been for awhile. Victoria, her mother, is an acclaimed literature professor and has a doctorate. Robert, her dad, is also a professor and a novelist. Auden’s brother, Hollis, is the wild child of the family living in Europe. Now her dad is remarried to Heidi, who is young enough to Auden’s older sister, with a baby daughter. Heidi, Robert, and Thisbe, the baby, live in the beach town Colby.
Since her parent’s divorce Auden has been suffering from insomnia so just drives until she settles on going to a diner. After graduation, Auden’s dad has made an offer for her to stay in Colby for the summer. She is hesitant at first because she doesn’t really like Heidi and doesn’t really want to listen to Thisbe’s crying, but she wants to spend time with her dad before she starts her freshman year at Defriese University. She also wants to get away from her mother. One night, Auden runs into Eli who helps calm down Thisbe during one of her fits. From their first meeting Auden is brought into a world filled with biking and a whirlwind of beachside romance.
This was the first Sarah Dessen book I ever read, so I might seem a little biased when I say I still love it. The only thing that annoyed me during this reread was Auden’s mother. Her character just made me want to say, “Stop! She is just a teenager not an adult!” Other from that this book was great. So if you want a nice Summer contemporary during Winter, this is the book for you.