Along For The Ride
Current cover
Author Sarah Dessen
Publication date June 2009
Published by Viking Children’s Books
Publication Order
Preceded by
Lock and Key
Followed by
What Happened To Goodbye
Along for the Ride is the ninth book written by Sarah Dessen.

Summary Edit


Plot Edit


Characters Edit

Auden West

Eli Stock

Victoria West



Robert West

Jake Stocke

Belissa Norwood

Hollis West

Isby West

Heidi West



Karen Stock

Where else did I read about that? Edit

Characters Edit

Lock and Key: Nate Cross

The Truth About Forever: Jason, Wes

Keeping The Moon: Colie, Morgan and Isabel

Places Edit

Jackson High: Dreamland, The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, and What Happened To Goodbye.

Perkins Day: Dreamland, The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, and Lock and Key.

Defriese University: Lock and Key and What Happened To Goodbye.

The U:

Last Chance Cafe: Keeping The Moon

Things Edit

Lock and Key:, Name of necklaces??

Auden lives with her mother in the same town that Ruby moved to in Lock and Key, where McLean later moves to in 'What Happened to Goodbye and where Annabel and Owen live in "Just Listen"

Heidi and Auden get necklaces with a studded key at the store. These are the necklaces from Lock and Key.

Sarah's Words from Sarahland Edit

A lot of people were surprised when it was announced that I’d have a new book coming out in Summer 2009, only a year after my last novel, Lock and Key. I can relate. It was kind of a shock to me, as well.

I wrote Lock and Key while I was pregnant, and edited it in the last few months before my daughter was born. Writing and editing is never that easy for me, and when you factor in the hormones and all the other fun stuff that comes along with carrying a baby, it was quite a wild ride. Suffice to say, I was more than ready to take a big, long break from writing to focus on being a mom. Or so I thought.

About three months after she was born, though, this idea started to come to me, bubbling up in my sleep-deprived mind. I was up at all hours, feeding the baby, trying to sleep or trying to stay awake, and it got me thinking about the night, and how it can seem so long or so short, depending on what you have waiting for you in the morning. I’d look out my window at three or four a.m.—times I was never coherent before motherhood—see a light on in the distance, and wonder who else was up, and why. There was a whole other world at night, one I’d been completely unaware of, and it made me start thinking about the people who chose to live in it, and how they found themselves there. That’s where Auden’s story began.

Some books are incredibly hard to write. Most are, actually. But this one, for me, was a little escape once in a while, and I was more grateful for it than I expected. I wrote Along for the Ride in my daughter’s room, while she slept downstairs, and in the guestroom, while she babbled to the babysitter. I stole half hours here, afternoons there, taking what I could get and using it to get more, and then more, on the page. And when I got stuck, I’d often look out the window and see one of my husband’s friends go zooming by on a bike, taking flight on one of the dirt jumps in my backyard. It was a crazy and chaotic way to write a book, and not at all the kind of structured, methodical approach I’d always used before. And you know what? Somehow, it just worked.

So I might be surprised to find myself here, with a new novel, so soon after the last one. But more than anything, I am grateful. This is the story I was clearly ready to tell. I can’t wait for you to hear it.

 Covers Edit

Cover Release Date Image
Original cover.Released in 2009.
Paperback cover.
Current cover.
Current cover


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