Along for the Ride

Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Teen grows beyond dysfunctional family in romantic outing.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 27 reviews

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age 10+

Good Book

Some people might complain about some "iffy" things. I don't understand why. This book, like all of Sarah Dessen's was a very good coming of age novel. Some people say that she loses her virginity in the novel, not true. Some people say there is heavy drinking, I only remember reading a couple of drinking scenes that were minor at most. The kids in the novel at 18 and over and are done with high school. Most high schoolers have drank a beer or two, I'm sure. Of course my kid are very young, but I recommended it to my nieces (11 & 12) and they loved it, so did their mother

This title has:

Great messages
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age 14+

This is one of my favorite books

This is one of the books that really got into reading. It does have some sensitive subjects, like underage drinking, sexual activity, and divorce. but otherwise it is a really good book. And the male lead is a pretty good example of the kind of guy your daughters should go for. I would recommend for a mature young lady.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Book Details

  • Author: Sarah Dessen
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: June 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 383
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love love stories and smart girls

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