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Along for the Ride
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Sarah Dessen is the author of thirteen novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers 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. 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.

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Gr 8 Up-Studious and successful but socially awkward, 17-year-old Auden has spent her childhood and teenage years acting and being treated like an adult. Planning to relax and get some reading done during the summer before she enters college, Auden instead decides to spend the summer with her dad, his young wife, and their newborn baby in a small, charming costal town, Auden begins to experience some of the things that she missed out on growing up-from bike riding and food fights to friendship and romance. Rachel Botchan perfectly narrates Sarah Dessen's absorbing story (Viking, 2009) of growth and discovery, convincingly voicing the realistic dialogue and the teen characters with all the nuances of their personalities and attitudes. Auden, in particular, is a fully drawn, complex character, and Botchan captures her intelligence and insecurities by highlighting the thoughts and emotions behind Auden's complicated relationships with her parents and her feelings about their divorce, her changing attitude toward the girls she encounters and her stepmother, her feelings about the intriguing young man she meets, and her transforming summer. A solid performance of a realistic and engaging tale.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

The YA author's ninth book, following Lock and Key (2008); Rachel Botchan reads. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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

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