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Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2009

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Authorial Context: Sarah Dessen

Author of over a dozen YA novels, Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature. Her work has been published in more than 30 countries and has sold millions of copies. Though all her books were New York Times best sellers, she is best known for The Truth About Forever, Saint Anything, The Moon and More, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, and This Lullaby. The 2003 romantic comedy-drama film How to Deal was based on her first two novels: That Summer and Someone Like You. Dessen’s books are frequently chosen for the Teens’ Top Ten list and the Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

All of Dessen’s novels are told from the first-person perspective of a female teenager. Dessen’s linked narratives examine teenagers dealing with important topics such as love, grief, abuse, eating disorders, drug addiction, divorce, family, friendships, and more. Her most common recurring themes include the protagonist’s growth through gaining new perspectives from other characters, female friendships, mother-daughter relationships, family dynamics, overcoming loss (including the death of a parent or romantic partner), and romantic relationships with compelling young men.

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