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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (67,650 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Dessen Narrator: Rachel Botchan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ever since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night. Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake. And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide. Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. In her trademark blockbuster-style, Sarah Dessen creates a powerful and irresistible story of two people learning how to connect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wistful narrative of a young woman’s last summer before heading off to college…The satisfying ending will give many readers a lump in their throat.”

    New York Times

  • “Confiding and dry-witted, Auden’s voice is like listening to your best bud while splitting a carton of Haagen-Dazs. Author Sarah Dessen beautifully captures that sense of summer as a golden threshold between past regrets and future unknowns, a time that shimmers with the sweet promise of now.”

    Washington Post

  • “Auden’s thoughtful observations make for enjoyable reading—this is solid if not ‘top shelf’ Dessen: another summer of transformation in which the heroine learns that growing up means ‘propelling yourself forward, into whatever lies ahead, one turn of the wheel at a time.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dessen has built a well-deserved reputation…[Fans] expect nuanced, subtle writing, and they won't be disappointed.”


  • “The juxtaposition of Auden’s carefree older brother falling in love and settling down while Auden spreads her wings shows how people can change given the right circumstances. The dialogue is true to both adult and teenage language. The summer resort town setting is perfect. As with all Dessen's books, her latest is a must-have.”


  • “Readers will be most absorbed by Auden and Eli’s romantic friendship, the type soul mates are born of, played out in the bike shop, Colby’s all-night Laundromat, and coffee shops. This summer vacation-themed story will be savored.”

    School Library Journal

  • “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 Reviews

  • “Rachel Botchan realizes every opportunity to capture the ironic, dramatic voice that has drawn fans to Sarah Dessen ever since her first book…Botchan perfectly renders the teenage dialogue and emotionally charged situations upon which Dessen has built her reputation.”


  • “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

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the Summer 2009Indie Next List for Young Adults
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010ALA Top Book for Teens

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lindsey | 2/19/2014

    " Sarah Dessen is a truly talented YA author! I am a big fan of all her books. Along for the Ride is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books because I can relate with the main charachter. I have always been a book nerd, I was never very interested in learning to ride a bike. Going with the flow of life has never been one of my strong points. Eli really shows her how life should be and the best way to live it. "It doesn't matter how many times you fall off the bike as long as you get back on one more." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Izzy Edgeworth | 2/15/2014

    " another good sarah dessen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jillian Michael | 2/15/2014

    " I could not put this book down the second I started it! Sarah Dessen is my new favorite author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nikita | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this Sarah Dessen book, much more than the first one I read by her. I enjoyed the story and the characters and I liked how the "romance" kind of took a back seat to the rest of the things going on in the story. I didn't feel like anything was forced or rushed. I felt like I got to know the characters well and felt like the story was actually plausible. Overall, a very good read. "

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