Tuesday, December 15

second quarter book review

Becca towne
English 9
December 12, 2009

2nd quarter outside reading book review
along for the ride by Sarah Dessen Penguin Group, 2009. Genre: fiction

Auden is a teenage girl who just graduated from high school. She has received an invitation to come live with her father, Robert, stepmother, Heidi, and her new baby sister, Thisbe. One night at one of her mothers graduated students dinner, she realizes that she needs to get away from her mother and explore life. So she goes to her dad’s house and spends the rest of the summer there. While there she meets new friends and especially she meets Eli. Eli helps her relive her childhood since she hadn’t had one yet. Together they go threw the list checking off one at a time every night. By the end of summer she has completed her list and been through an emotional rollercoaster.

“This is young adult fiction at its best,” the book jacket raves, “delving into the minds of complex, believable teens, bringing them to life, and making readers want to know more about them with each turn of the page.”

This book is written in Auden’s perspective. She describes her thoughts and feelings. She also uses the fraise, “ I…” The authors writing style is very descriptive. She writes with a big vocabulary.

if i had to compare this book with another book, i would compare it with lock and key. these two books are very similar, not only because they're by the same author, and very different. they are different because its a different story and a different situation. they are similar because both books teach a lesson on something that could happen to you. also both of these books says something about a 2nd chance, one more than the other.

" it was the extra exclamation point that got me. my mother would call it extraneous, overblown, exuberant. to me, it was simply annoying, just like everything else about my stepmother, Heidi."

i loved this book. And I also love Sarah Dessen, she is amazing. i love how Sarah Dessen writes with such a big vocabulary, and how she can really connect with teens on things that we should be aware of, cause it could happen to us too. I love how this book teaches you the lesson, there's always a second chance and keep trying and never quit.


  1. the reviewer's overall impression was that she really enjoyed the book

    the reviewer noticed that the book is in auden's point of view. the author described her thoughts and feelings.

    the reviewer picked an interesting quote because it described her stepmother heidi.

    i would consider reading this book because it sounds like a good book and the type of book that i would read

  2. Hey Becca!

    1) Becca seemed to really like the book. She says she loves the author.

    2) She notices that Dessen writes with a big vocabulary and descriptive word choice.

    3) Yes, I really do think that Becca picked an interesting point of the book. I, myself have read the book and I think that she described the point of it very well.

    4) I think that Becca did a very nice job on her book review. The more people I talk to, the more people I know of that love this author.

    5) I already read this book, but I might read another one by the author.

    Good Job!

  3. 1.) Becca shows a strong feeling towards the book. A positive one.

    2.) She says the book is written very descriptively.

    3.) No specific passage is explained. The reviewer does seem to paraphrase events, but they're not cited.

    4.) I haven't read other reviews to actually compare this one to.

    5.) The book seems okay, but it sounds like a chick-flick, not so into that type of stuff.

    Good job though, =)

  4. I can tell how you like this book a lot and love the author. And i can tell that she writes very interesting with big vocabulary and about stuff that could happen to real life stuff. You picked an interesting passage. You show a bit on hoe she writes and the use of words she picks. You had all the stuff in this that you need so you did really good compared to some people who leave stuff out. I don’t think I would read this book because this type of book I'm not big on so i wouldn't read it.