As I stated in my 2013 Goals post; I have a goal to read at least 13 books in 2013! I have already completed one!! Woot!! Go Me!! You can follow my progress on Goodreads – be my friend!!
My parents gave me a Nook for Christmas – I was so excited to quick learn how to use it and begin reading once I opened that present! I am so happy I finally have an electronic reader. I carry it everywhere with me which lets me have the opportunity to read a lot more! I am hoping that this goal of 13 books is just plain easier with the Nook!!
For my first NOOK purchase I decided to go with something easy to read and all CHIC LIT! My reasoning, well mostly the thought of being at the hospital waiting for my husband to get out of a 9 hour surgery doesn’t scream “READ SOMETHING INTELLECTUAL!”
So this is what I chose:
Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. I have read Sarah Dessen before, she writes mostly for adolescent girls but strangely I get hooked! Call me silly! Whatever. LOL
“Along for the Ride” was a great read. It kept me hooked and I actually felt like I was a part of the summer in a fictional small beach town- Colby, North Carolina. Auden is the main character, a high school graduate on the way to University who just wants a carefree, fun summer.
Auden missed out on so many things, learning how to ride a bike is just one of many. Even before her parents started fighting or the divorce occurred, as child up till now, she has always been treated as an adult. She is an overachiever who focuses on her academics to please her very demanding mother and to be the perfect daughter. Sleep doesn’t come easy for Auden so she started spending her nights studying and drinking coffee at Ray’s Diner to avoid hearing or witnessing her parents fighting.
Auden decides to spend her summer with her father, his new wife and her stepmother, Heidi, and their newborn Thisbe, in Colby. When she arrives, Auden finds that her father is too absorbed in his novel to care about his new family or her visiting. Her stepmother is really struggling with the new baby because Thisbe LOVES to cry! Auden finds herself wanting to disappear from the chaos of this summer home as well. She finds a local boy, Eli, who also can’t sleep.
From this point her summer really begins. She starts having fun! She starts having friends! The summer brings her clarity on life and what she wants for herself.
I would recommend this book to anyone that really just wants to escape for a couple of days and life a carefree life with Auden. Ages 13-99 for sure! This book helped me get through a 9 hour wait while Jeremy was in surgery! For that, I give this book 4 out of 5 Cupcakes
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