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book nerd swag review – along for the ride by sarah dessen


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.

what we thought:

m- i am obsessed with sarah dessen books. i have read every single one of them. they are so amazing and are great at capturing your attention. along for the ride is one of my favorite sarah dessen novels. i was immediately captured into the story when i was introduced to auden. i love auden. she is the typical high school college-bound/wallflower who has this corky personality that you just can’t help but like.

l- this book was just too adorable. sarah dessen’s writing style gives you such a personal connection with the protagonist. the story was slow-moving in a way that i really loved, because we really got a good feel for the character progression. we saw auden start the story with such a fear of people in general and of becoming vulnerable, to really opening up and growing as a person. it was coming-of-age in some ways, because auden was almost reclaiming lost pieces of her childhood, but in other ways she started the series as somewhat of an adult. it was really the difference of how she presented herself – which was the sort of shield she had to put up – becoming “grown up” at a really young age, to how she truly felt underneath all of those layers. this was something she had to admit to herself, that she was somebody who felt lost and unsure, which kind of gave the story a coming-of-age feel.

m- (in enters eli)

l- ooh, snap!

m- eli. eli. eli. you just can’t get enough of him. he is the boy-next-door with an interesting past. he’s kind of like a mystery through most of the book. you are always trying to figure him out but through the little things you can see him opening up more and more. the relationship between eli and auden is an interesting one. i don’t want to give anything away so i won’t say anything, but the way their relationship progresses and exists is something that everyone can relate to.

l- eli was a really great character. my favorite characters in this book, besides him and auden, were her friends leah, maggie, and esther, as well as her step-mom heidi. auden didn’t really see herself becoming friends with girls who she thought were shallow, just because they were super-girly. it was really great to see her realize the mistake she made in believing in the girly-girls-with-no-brains stereotype. the girls were just so bubbly and fun and added a lot to the story.

m- definitely. one other character that i absolutely loved was hollis, auden’s older-yet-immature brother. he was the character that just always made you laugh. he always had some witty comment or funny story to talk about and it made him one of my favorite character’s in this novel. the whole bike riding aspect of the story, i think, made it more interesting. i don’t ride bikes often but when i do i love it. i love the whole cycling subject matter in the story and it made the story more unique.

l- i really liked the metaphor about the bikes and how it was incorporated into the story. one of the main themes of this book was that there’s always a second chance, even if it’s a third, fourth, fifth chance… “as many as it takes to get it right.” that’s the thing with sarah dessen novels, they can seem one-dimensional on the surface, but there’s such deeper meaning that you get along the way.

rating! (out of five stars): *****

Would we recommend it? yepperdoodles! 😀


book nerd swag review: the host by stephanie meyer


Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been  invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while  leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew  about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the  too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the  former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared,  a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s  desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met.  As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie  unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

what we thought:

m- this book is addicting. it is soooo intense. i absolutely loved it. the whole idea of two people inside one body was a little weird but i eventually got used to it. in the beginning of the story it is kinda hard to get into because there is so much information given but after you get through that you are ready to go!!

l-this book is so incredible! it’s actually my favorite book at the moment. i was so drawn in by the emotional intensity of this book and the fascinating plot. when you try to explain it to someone it sounds kind of… weird. but you have to just go with it and you’ll find this book is absolutely amazing. it’s not at all what i expected. at the beginning, i had a set idea of who the characters were and what i thought of them, but my opinion for pretty much every character had changed by the end. some for the better… ❤

m- i know what ya mean. the book is so awesome in the fact that she takes the time to develop every character and to describe every detail.  the book is nothing like twilight! so if you were not going to read it because of that then shame on you. 😛 this book is nothing like twilight and is like 100x better so give it a shot. this book is one of my favorites! i could totally picture the world that she was creating.

l- i agree on the very-different-from-twilight thing. i’m actually a fan of the twilight saga,  and this book really just has a completely different feel. it’s technically sci-fi, but it’s much more a drama than anything else. the relationships in this book are so incredible. i think that’s why i love it so much, you become so attached to the characters and really feel like you know them by the end of the story. *spoilers!!* i ahhhhhhhhhhhhh-dore ian. like, so much. he’s adorable. and sweet. and perfect for wanda. one thing i do want to say is that don’t disregard this book because it’s labeled “sci-fi.” it’s really more of a drama/romance than anything else. 🙂

m- this book is amazing. my favorite character, besides wanda and ian, would have to be jamie. jamie is seriously like the coolest little kid in the world. he is just seriously awesome. jamie was a character that would always make you happy. this story is definitely not a one night read, unless of course you read really really fast. the book is like really long but if it were any shorter it would not have been as good. this book has so much information and concepts that it is kind of hard to try to summarize it without telling you anything. i am really obsessed with this book though! (i would like to apologize if this made no sense because i just got back from chemistry. sorry:))

l-haha! the post-class brain fog. i had physics class and then spent like, the last two hours on world history so i know what she’s talking about. 🙂 i definitely agree with masie, this book has so much information to digest that even if you are a fast reader, it takes some time to get through all of it and really understand it. if you take it slow, you get so much more out of it. it’s such a beautiful book, and it’s worth re-reading it… you get a really great perspective the second time around. THE MOVIE COMES OUT NEXT MARCH! I AM SO EXTREMELY EXCITED!! 😀 the film adaption is coming out 3/29/12… and it’s a pretty good guess to say that we’ll be at the midnight premiere. we’re already planning our t-shirts… “IT’S O’SHEA… IAN’S HERE!” hehe 😉

rating! out of five stars: ******

yes. you counted correctly.

would we recommend it? READ IT. READ IT NOW.