What am I waiting quite impatiently for this Wednesday? Sarah Dessen’s newest release, Along For the Ride, which publishes Tuesday, June 16! I’m a longtime fan of Dessen, a young adult writer from North Carolina who captivates with each and every character she creates. I know I’m certainly not alone!
I’m so devoted to Dessen, I can tell you quite honestly that I haven’t even read the synopsis of the book. Regardless of whether it’s about aliens taking over lakes across the country, a team of well-mannered explorers studying exotic plant life or a young woman grappling with the pangs of first love, loss and delicate family relationships (I’m banking it’s somewhere close to the latter), I’ll be rushing out to grab it!
But just for kicks, here’s how Amazon is piquing our interest:
It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce — or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother.
Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.
Okay! Well, now I can say that I’ve actually read the synopsis. Sounds awesome, right? I’m quite excited and feel like this rampant enthusiasm will result in me live Tweeting about it as soon as I rip open that cover. And since I leave for the beach next Wednesday, I’ll get it just in time to tout around all vacation!
New to Sarah Dessen? I highly recommend everything she’s ever written, but I have to go on record as saying my favorite novels are Just Listen and The Truth About Forever. Sarah is the master of creating textured, believable characters who think, speak and behave in ways you would expect from disjointed but lovable teens. I’m immediately drawn into her stories of friendship and family dynamics, and there’s always an awesome, tangible love story in there. Dessen is a young adult author, but don’t let that deter you if you’re not usually into YA — her stories will appeal to readers of any age!
What’s everyone else waiting for this Wednesday? Check out more responses over at Breaking the Spine!