Maybe I wanted to learn an extreme sport too

 

Along For the Ride: Sarah Dessen. Viking: 2009.  $25.00 (CDN).  Harcover, 383 pgs.  ISBN:978-0-670-01194-0.

5Q, 5P

This, to me, is the perfect YA book. The main character is female, but the novel can appeal to guys, especially with the dirt bike scenes.   Because, really, everyone growing up has issues with parents, and living up to those expectations.  But what happens when you start to live? Just a little?

The writing style is clear, crisp, and descriptive.  I was sorry that the tense was more past than present, but it didn’t detract from the story.

What I love so much is that Auden grows up, but in a way most people don’t. This is a summer about adventure, coming to terms with parents screwing up, and maybe catching up on things you missed in the past.  Above all it’s about that “It all counts…[a]nd the bottom line is, what defines you isn’t how many times you crash, but the number of times you get back on the bike.  As long as it’s one more, you’re all good” (pg. 325/hardcover).  It’s true.  Life isn’t about watching it go by, but living it and Along for the Ride reminds us of that.

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