Along for the Ride Summary

I was just cruising the internet when this jumped out at me – the summary!

When Auden decides to spend the summer before college with her father and stepmother in a small beach town, she finds herself freed to discover a new world of friendship with other girls, as well as an unexpected romance with Eli, a rising star on the BMX circuit and a fellow insomniac, who joins her in exploring the late night world of the small town. As Auden struggles to turn from the path her mother has set for her and Eli tries to come to terms with the death of a friend for which he holds himself responsible, the two break out of their mutual self-imposed isolation and find one another.

I am intrigued. I love Eli as the love interest’s name as it’s quite different than all the others. BMX? Love it, if you can ever be bothered try and find some video of Nicole Kidman in an Australian, 80s kid’s movie- BX Bandits. My fascination started there.

Setting? A small beach town. Do we think this might be Colby? Location of Keeping the Moon and roundabout location of the Queen’s beach house? Or is it a new location?

I am sooooooo excited.


34 thoughts on “Along for the Ride Summary

  1. ari says:

    extra stoked!

  2. Adele says:

    Another person who says stoked, I am feeling less old or more hip. I am going to go with the latter because I choose to!

  3. regan bennett says:

    I’m so excited for it to come!

  4. colbia says:

    Sounds really cool!

  5. Courtney says:

    The setting actually does take place in Colby. Eli says it in the excerpt on her page. Something about “I’ve just seen the hottest girl in Colby.”

  6. rachel says:

    It is Colby, only its not Eli is not the ones who talks about the hottest girl in Colbie, but instead his little brother, Jake. This was usch an amazing book. Deffinetly deffinetly deffinetly worth reading :))

  7. Chelsie says:

    Wonderful story! I read it in three days and I got the autographed copy, hardcover. Don’t miss out on it really!

  8. Jeana Coon says:

    I read this book this summer and loved it. But auden’s father is very… useless when it comes to helping with there baby girl

  9. Natalie says:

    I was really itching to know WHERE the book took place. I know in Colby, the small beach town, but what state?
    I don’t think it mentions it anywhere.

  10. danielle says:

    i love the book but i thought the ending could have been better

  11. maddy says:

    where is colby?

  12. maddy says:

    what is the authors tone toward the characters and story

  13. Chelsea Miller says:

    Such an amazing book! I got in a Sarah Dessen mode and read all the books in a short time- they are all so good!

  14. Juli says:

    ok this is what i think the characters should be if along for the ride ever becomes a movie..
    Auden-Kate Voegele
    Eli- Zac Efron
    Maggie- Mila Kunis
    Leah- Alexa Vega
    Esther- Shenae Grimes
    Adam- Hutch Dano
    Jake- Austin Butler
    Victoria- Parker Posey
    Robert- Greg Kinnear
    Heidi- Britney Snow
    Hollis- Beau Mirchoff
    Karen- Natalie Portman
    Jason- Ed Westwick

  15. duudeett says:

    oh my gosh i just loved this book! i am at the end of the book and it way/is amazing ! i wish i was Auden in it because Eli sounded like a amazing friend/boyfriend. But i wasnt to glade of Audens dad robert he should of helped out more to her step mom and her.

  16. kyla says:

    yeah seriously i finished that book in one day straight i loved it and was sad when it end i wish i was auden i can’t stop thinking of eli and if anyone knows where colby is if it is real than cool cause i plan on moving there and i really want to know. and i think that moon book or what ever is in colby to cause on the distription it said last chance resurant and stuff but idk i havent read it yet i love that book. WHERE IS COLBY… and i love eli even though i already said that. ELI. I FINISHED THE BOOK YESTERDAY START TO FINISH BUT TODAY ELI WON’T GET OUT OF MY HEAD… ELI… god i want to be her………….

  17. kyla says:

    its keeping the moon sorry…

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  20. Deanna Maurice says:

    It sucked ass

  21. Nicole Sablian 3 tori lane says:


  22. Moogie:) says:

    it wasnt my favorite… super confused about everything

  23. asyd says:

    it is colby. I get so excited when sarah dessen includes people and places and stuff from other books in another book. It’s great 🙂

  24. Abigail says:

    I really likes it. I read it in a weekend and it was one of my favorite books by her… although I have only read three of her other books. I still liked it. A lot.

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