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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: June 2009 ISBN: 9781101079331
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New York Times bestseller

Up all night.

 
Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.
 
Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.
 
Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen. . . .
 
“As with all Dessen’s books, [this] is a must-have” —VOYA, starred review
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    VOYA

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna Stephenson | 2/13/2014

    " My second favorite book by Sarah Dessen!!! A good honest story of growing up. The characters were perfect and the story line well written! Plus the main character loved coffee as much as me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skyla Davis | 2/4/2014

    " amazingly good and adorably cute! i loved it!!! especially the happy ending, unlike rapture... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aila | 1/29/2014

    " I was expecting SOO much out of this book, like a wayy bigger love story. this kind of disappointed me considering the reviews for this book were sooo good. But either way it kept me interested and i finished this book in a weekend...on to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelyn | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one! So many great characters. One part about the book that I loved was it took place down at the beach during the summer. I love the summer (and the beach!) and one of my favorite parts about it is the boardwalk. A lot of the story was on the boardwalk and on the beach. This was my first Sarah Dessen book and I will definitely be reading more of her work! I loved this book and it has really pulled me into the contemporary genre! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/18/2014

    " Actual Rating: 4.7 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria C | 1/17/2014

    " This is such a cute book.. I want to be 17 again, do the summer before college thing.. Can't believe it has been 10 years.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 12/23/2013

    " Read this on a dare; Loved it for real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/18/2013

    " It started off so slowly that I almost stopped reading. The Eli/Auden parts were my favourite but very predictable. Bits and pieces of it I liked but the whole dad never changing part seemed repetitive. Guess that is the point about people never changing. Nice light reading though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bianca Dolcee | 11/3/2013

    " it was a nice fun read. no big drama. just one of those relaxing books. Adam's character made me laugh so much! and Isby is such a cute name for a baby girl. I loved how everything worked out for everyone. not the best love story but featured good life lessons. It was cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allaina Hope | 10/20/2013

    " Sarah Dessen is a fantastic young adult author.This book is so captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laneel Perry | 8/1/2013

    " WOW..one of my FAVORITE Sarah Dessen books..LOVEEEEd it all!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 2/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this :) one of book that is good to read on a summer season "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 10/14/2012

    " I love this book!But it is definitly full of emotion and drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 10/10/2012

    " It was a good book. Not my favorite by this author, but a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Feonisha | 8/7/2012

    " It's official! I am now Sarah Dessen's fan :) I love the book although it's somehow same with one of her novels, This Lullaby... It;s more about family. Try reading it for yourself :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taja | 7/16/2012

    " I thought this book was amazing. A girl who is smart and lives life on a safe side has her world turn upside down when she meets Eli. He changes her into someone that has more fun and helps her have the childhood that she had never had. I enjoyed every moment even the bad ones!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika Rose | 6/6/2012

    " Eventually, a classmate pointed out to me that all of Sarah Dessen's books are, for the most part, exactly the same. She had a point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 6/10/2011

    " The second book I read from Sarah and it's kind of the sime story as This Lullaby but as that one it's easy to read and has the girl with the crush on the boy. Good for a trip or just some time at home when you have nothing to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 5/24/2011

    " I don't think I could have read this book at a better time. It was everything I needed to hear and more, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance, and some inspiring thoughts throughout the entire book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 5/24/2011

    " I think the author got the emotion just right. A girl, driven by the desire to please her parents and be accepted by them, missed out on a lot of childhood/teenage activities. Now she's trying to make up for lost time with the help of an unexpected friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Somers | 5/23/2011

    " What I liked best about this book was the ending. Too often when reading YA titles, I feel ike the ending has been rushed and the characters are left abandoned in an ending that is too neat and tidy. MS. Dessen fleshed out her characters right up to the last page.This was thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paola | 5/19/2011

    " amazing book, loved it! about a girl who is timid and shy and finds her self in a wirlwind of girly fashion and boys, a must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 5/16/2011

    " I liked this book well enough. It's a good read if you need a story to take your mind off your own life, but if you want a story to make you think and intrigue your mind, this isn't it. I still really liked the love story...but what teenage girl doesn't like a good romance every now and again? :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 5/16/2011

    " A light and fun read with believable characters and outcomes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misscrystal0329 | 5/15/2011

    " This book is incredibly good. I've always been a fan of Sarah Dessen. From the moment I finished Just Listen, I've been hooked on her writing, and this by far is the best I've read from her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/12/2011

    " It was super cute just like all her other books :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirelle | 5/12/2011

    " A bit slow, but overall I enjoyed reading it :) "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the author of twelve previous novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers Saint Anything, The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal.
 
Dessen’s books are frequently chosen for the Teens’ Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association, recognizing her significant contribution to young adult literature.
  
Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.
 
Visit Sarah at sarahdessen.com. 

About the Narrator

Rachel Botchan holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the Pearl Theater Company in New York. She and her husband live in New York City.