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Title: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: It released in 2009, and I was in the mood for something new.
Summary: Auden will start college in the fall, but she can’t stand to be around her mom for another summer. She escapes to her dad’s house, where she has to find her place among his new wife, their newborn baby, girls like she’s never known in her private-school existence…and quiet, intense Eli.
Review: The story got off to a slow start with a lot of background information. But it soon picked up, and I finished it in less than a day.
Even though it hasn’t made the top three LibraryThing recommendations, This Lullaby was similar in some ways—the summer between high school and college, an uber-responsible girl testing her self-imposed boundaries.
And satisfying banter among girlfriends. Here’s a snippet of Auden’s three new girlfriends talking:
“What I find,” Maggie said, “is that when you get gum, you always need something else. Because gum isn’t really a snack.”
“So true,” Esther agreed.
“If I do get gum, I always grab some chips, or maybe a cookie two-pack, as well. That way you know you’ve got your food and something refreshing for afterward.”
Leah shook her head. “I don’t know,” she said. “What about Tic Tacs? They’re like gum, but I’ve been known to eat them for a meal before.”
“Tic Tacs you actually swallow, though,” Esther pointed out. “You own a Tic Tac. Gum is just borrowed.”
Maggie turned to her, smiling. “Impressive.”
“Thank you,” Esther replied. “I always feel inspired here at the Gas/Gro.”
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