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Summary

Soon to be a Netflix film!

From the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of Once and For All.

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...

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.
 

Books by Sarah Dessen:

  • That Summer
  • Someone Like You
  • Keeping the Moon
  • Dreamland
  • This Lullaby
  • The Truth About Forever
  • Just Listen
  • Lock and Key
  • Along for the Ride
  • What Happened to Goodbye
  • The Moon and More
  • Saint Anything
  • Once and for All
©2009 Sarah Dessen (P)2009 Penguin

Critic reviews

"Beautifully captures that sense of summer as a golden threshold between past regrets and future unknowns." (The Washington Post)

“As with all Dessen’s books, [this] is a must-have” (VOYA, starred review)

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love thid

Good story and a very easy listing. again just a way good stroy good by Steven

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  • Julie
  • 08-03-12

Not a romance story

The description of this book led me to believe it was a romance. Not even close. It's about a girl coming to grips with her parent's divorce and their new relationships. Just when I thought the romance might build- I was let down. There is little to no description of characters so it was impossible for me to visualize them.
The narrator has a squeaky voice. And, like another reviewer mentioned, takes awkward pauses. Not just in dialogue, but at random times. I thought it was the end of a chapter a couple times.

I wish I hadn't wasted my credit on this pick.

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  • Allison
  • 14-12-10

Not Just "Chick-Lit"

I've read several books by Sarah Dessen, and this one is my favorite so far. The main character, Auden, is smart, and I love intelligent female characters. She's decided to spend the summer between graduation from high school and her first year at college with her father in a beach resort town. This new location and the people who come into her life there make this summer one of change and transition for Auden. Usually a loner, she starts to reach out and make friends, including a boyfriend. She's forming new relationships with her stepmother and step sister. Most important, she's confronting her own feelings about her parents' divorce.
This book has realistic characters and situations. It gets the reader to consider relationships among family members and friends, as well as how people can or cannot change.

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  • Reuven Nisser
  • 27-11-10

The Best Of Times

Along For The Ride is undoubtfuly my favorite book. I learned from it so much. Every second sentence is one that I would be proud to quote. I laughed and cryed with the carichtors, I could really feel for them all most of the time. The author has a really good sence of humer. The reader is excellent, I really loved the way she read. Her reading made the book come alive for me. The carichtors are developing and changing during the book, and the ending is a kind of new begining for everyone. When you buy this book, you are along for many rides. So enjoy your rides.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-10

Great book, pretty good narrator

This is turning out to be a great book. I haven't finished it yet but I had to write a review because of the narrator. The narrator is great but when she does dialogue sometimes she makes these long pauses when she switches characters. I keep thinking the audio is cutting out. It is kind of annoying but otherwise the narrator is really good and the book is fun to listen to.

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  • Emily
  • 30-05-20

Great

This is an old favorite of mine from high school and it definitely held up. The narrator’s voice fit the story perfectly and didn’t distract at all.

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  • Arianna Gonzalez
  • 26-11-19

Super cute and sweet

I loved this book so much. I finished it in a week! I really appreciated the sweetness and innocence of it all. It was just lovely

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  • Angela
  • 10-08-22

Terrible narration

I made it through two hours of this book before I had to return it. I bought it because the movies on Netflix was sweet and I wanted to know how the actual book was, but Lord I wanted to shake the hell out of the narrator the entire time. She’s constantly pausing and breaking sentences up at weird times and it just didn’t flow at all.

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  • James
  • 03-08-22

The narrator has an irritating habit

She kept pausing frequently and taking audible breaths. It was like a burst of words then a pause to breathe and this continued all thru the book. I want her to breathe but make the reading fluid. The story itself is great so I might get the ebook but I’m returning the audiobook. I personally find her narration hard to listen to.

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  • SF
  • 23-06-22

Good story, movie is better than book, horrible narration.

I loved this story when I saw the movie on Netflix. I always think books are better than movies so I was so excited to read/listen to this one! However, I was quickly disappointed. Firstly, the narration is horrible. I listen to maybe 3-4 books a month give or take? And I have for years. And by far this is hands down the worst narration ever. Super long pauses. Makes listening to this miserable. I had to listen on 1.7 hyper speed to get her sentences to sound normal. Ridiculous.
Then, regarding the story, the book has major plot holes that the movie fills in. The movie has a way better story line. The book has so many scenes that don’t make any sense and are super juvenile.
Skip reading this book. Just watch the movie.

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  • Debbie Duncan
  • 19-06-22

The perfect summer read!

I listen to this book at the beginning of summer every year. I just love it. Please don’t be dissuaded by the Netflix movie. This audiobook is so much better! The narrator does a wonderful job with my favorite Sarah Dessen novel. I appreciate both artists more and more every year.