Monday, January 23, 2012

Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

Auden is about to start college in the fall, and decides to escape her control-freak professor mom to spend the summer with her novelist father, his new young wife, and their brand-new baby daughter, Thisbe. Over the course of the summer, Auden tackles many new projects: learning to ride a bike, making real connections with peers, facing the emotional fallout of her parents’ divorce, distancing herself from her mother, and falling in love with Eli, a fellow insomniac bicyclist recovering from his own traumas. The cover may mislead readers, as despite the body language of the girl in pink and the hunky blue-jeaned boy balanced on a bike, this is no slight romance

I liked this book. I wasn't falling head over heels for it but it was pleasant. What I really found unique about this story is that the characters are insomniacs (people who don't sleep, for those who don't know). Most relationships in stories just happen. This story has the relationship falling under night. There is something strangely romantic about going to Wal-Mart in the middle of the night and buying random stuff, and going to underground clubs for coffee at 4 in the morning. And it has a pleasant ending. Not quite a cliff-hanger but one that you can actually think about. Although this book tends to drag at points, its a good read for those who are soft-hearted like me. You'll lose some sleep for it. :)    Plot: 4/5 stars  Cover: 3/5 stars  -Katie

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