Welcome to the sleepy beach town of Colby. The setting of Netflix’s feature-film adaptation of Dessen’s 2009 young adult novel Along for the Ridewhich is debuting on the streaming platform on May 6.
In April 2021, Sarah took to her official website to announce the adaptation, saying “I am SO HAPPY to let you all know that Along for the Ride is going to be a Netflix film.”
Netflix then immediately announced on social media that Sofia Alvarez — who adapted the hit trilogy To All the Boys I Loved — would take on this project and direct the movie inspired by Dessen’s novel.
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The streaming giant is riding the young adult book to screen pipeline after its young adult book adaptations — which include titles like Shadow and Bone, The Kissing Boothand 13 Reasons Why — have proved to be monumental successes.
If you’re looking for the tea on Netflix’s newest rom-com, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything we know about Along for the Ride, due out May 6.
What is Along for the Ride about?
Going off the plot of the book, we can assume that the Netflix adaptation will take place in the small beach town of Colby, where teenager Auden (played by newcomer Emma Pasarow) is staying for the summer before college with her dad (Dermot Mulroney) , stepmom (Kate Bosworth) and baby half-sister.
When she can’t sleep and decides to stroll around town, Auden finds herself drawn to a mysterious teen, Eli (Belmont Cameli), who is also an insomniac. The pair become closer, forging a bond as he shows off the nocturnal secrets spots of the small town while crossing off carefree activities that she never got to experience as a child due to her parent’s divorce and her own academic, quiet nature of her.
For those who want to compare the book to the movie, you have just enough time to read the novel before the May release.
Are there any trailers for Along for the Ride?
Yep! On March 24, Netflix released a trailer for Along for the Ride, where we get to see a glimpse of what Auden’s pre-Colby life was like. Through a supercut, we see her bonding with her family de ella, making friends at her stepmother’s boutique, and of course, meeting Eli.
The fun-filled trailer which includes Auden swimming in the ocean at night, exploring a lighthouse, and participating in a food fight ends with the teen girl proclaiming that “This is my chance to figure out who I want to be before the rest of my life.” life starts.”
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when is Along for the Ride coming out?
Along for the Ride will be available on May 6, for streaming on Netflix. Don’t have an account? Np bb. Sign up for Netflix before the movie airs (it’s only $9.99 a month!) and then head to the title page while logged in on May 6.
According to Port City Daily, a local news source in Wilmington, North Carolina where the movie was shot, filming began in late April of 2021, with production wrapping at the end of the year. Since then, many of the stars have expressed their excitement for the film’s release, with the two leads Emma and Belmont gushing over the trailer in a YouTube reaction video on Netflix’s Film Club channel.
“I have chills all over my body,” Pasarow said while viewing the film’s trailer in March. “I don’t even know what to say, I’m so excited! It’s a movie about friendship; it’s a movie about finding yourself; it’s a movie about falling — there’s a lot of falling in the trailer. I feel like I’m gonna cry.”
Belmont also shared his feelings, saying that “You invest so much of yourself, so much of your time into [the project],” adding that, in addition to the “beautiful” cinematography of the film, “It’s got a great soundtrack already. … I’m excited for audiences to see [our] night swim [scene].”
Will there be more Netflix movies adapted from Sarah Dessen’s books?
We are so happy that Along for the Ride appears to not be the only Sarah Dessen book that they will be adapting for the big…err, most likely laptop or phone…screen.
According to the author’s official website, her book The Truth About Forever has been obtained by Netflix. The streaming giant has also optioned her de ella other YA novels This Lullaby and Once and For All, but no further details have emerged.
Catch up on some of Sarah Dessen’s 14 novels and tell friends that you knew all about the Netflix adaptations before it was ~cool~ and trending.
So grab your bike and don’t hit the brakes — we’re going Along for the Ride on May 6 and you won’t want to miss it!
Abby is an editorial assistant at Seventeen, covering pop culture, beauty, life, and health. When she’s not busy watching the latest true crime docuseries, you can find her strolling through Sephora, thrifting the perfect dress, or jogging with her pup.