1. because won books are exciting, and come in the mail as surprise packages upon arrival from work, brightening even the dullest day.
2. I never would have picked this book up on my own.
I never would have picked it up for a few reasons, but mainly because it's super pink, super girly looking and has a cover I really don't find appealing. Which, amusingly, puts me in the same boat as the main character Auden, who is similarly predisposed to dislike anything super girly, super pink and seems like she wouldn't be caught dead reading a YA novel (certainly not my problem!). Well thank god there are lovely gifters like Lauren to set me on the right path, because Along for the Ride was a terrific summer read that I would have been sorry to have missed out on.
Published by Viking Juvenile, June 2009