Along For The Ride Outside Reading

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In the novel Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, Sarah portrays the theme well. The theme of a novel is a repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work that may be deep, difficult to understand, or even moralistic. One of the most important aspects to a well written novel would be the message it carries along with a good storyline. In Along for the Ride, Dessen wrote about two important messages that can relate to life in many ways. Along for the Ride was about Auden, a girl who has been trapped in academics and never experiencing childhood. Her parents got divorced at an early age leaving her to spend her nights walking the floor, becoming an insomniac. She decided to spend her summer after senior year in her dad’s beach where she acquired many new characteristics and hobbies. She met this boy, Eli who drastically changed view on both boys and life in general. Auden always judged people based on their first impressions and how they came off when she first saw them. One of the major themes in the novel is how Auden is quick to judge everything she sees, although she was often wrong. The two people that she was completely wrong about happened to be some of the most important people in her life. She misjudged her step mother Heidi but thinking she was a superficial girl who only cared about materialistic objects as well as Maggie who came out to be one of her closest friends. It took Auden some time to realize that she had been wrong in her misconception of others and it made her more open minded. In continuation, another key theme in Along for the Ride is to never give up and keep trying. Through meeting Eli, Auden has realized that you can’t just automatically give up if you fail on your first try. The title is significant to this theme because it life’s a journey and you have to be willing to get back up and try again. In the book,
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