Saturday, July 18, 2009

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - ADVISABLE

Dessen, Sarah Along for the Ride 383 pgs. Viking Juvenile ~

Language PG-13, Mature Content~PG-13 Violence~G

Ever since her parent’s divorce Auden doesn’t sleep at night. Instead she goes to an all night diner to wait out the night. When dawn arrives she goes home to sleep the day away. Strange huh? When the chance comes to visit her father’s house, on the beach, she decides to take him up on it, even though it includes his new wife and their newborn baby. Always a competitive student, Auden plans to study ALL summer. However, once she is there she becomes more involved with her stepmom and her business, becoming her bookkeeper. Auden also, slowly, begins to make new friends, especially with a reclusive teen named Eli. As she gets to know Eli better they begin a relationship that changes them both. . .for the better? . . . you decide.

There is some implied sex and the swears are not frequent, but this book does have 2+ ‘f’s. Overall a good choice for less conservative schools. . .most public libraries should pick this one up.

HS ADVISABLE Allison Madsen~Youth Services Librarian-SJO Public Librarian

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