Along for the Ride (2009) is a young adult contemporary novel by Sarah Dessen about one girl's transformation over summer. As someone who grew up reading Sarah Dessen books throughout high school and college, I was thrilled to see another one of her novels adapted into a movie!
Directed by Sofia Alvarez (To All The Boys I've Loved Before), the film captures all the incredible summer magic and romance in the small beach town of Colby. It stars newcomers Emma Pasarow as Auden and Belmont Cameli as Eli, as well as Andie MacDowell, Kate Bosworth, and Dermot Mulroney.
I am thrilled to report that this adaptation is highly enjoyable. The music, the vibes! It hits in all the best ways. And because it's fresh on my brain, here are some major book-to-movie differences I noticed while watching.
This goes without saying, but just in case: SPOILERS AHEAD.