Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.
WHY I LOVE THIS BOOK: The beauty of road trip books is that you take the character out of their normal lives and their world and somehow you always end getting more insight into their world by pulling them from it than when you go through the everyday motions. I love when characters get impulsive and do exactly what they want to and that’s what happens in this book. The scrapbook pages and the playlists are so much fun as are the conversations and games of twenty questions between Amy and Roger. I kept waiting for one of them to explode and get mad at the other and start walking home or something because that seems to be what happens in a lot of these books and I loved that it didn’t happen. The two cross country adventurists get along just fine and the conflict is both internal and external without affecting their relationships. The missions that they go on are so fun and important. I feel like they accomplished years of growing and learning in just a handful of days. The development of the relationship was believable and natural. I mean, I know it’s not a long time but we all know when you’re isolated with someone whether it’s traveling or camping or something that keeps you together twenty four seven its like you can multiple the days times ten and compare that to real time.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: Probably best for 12 or 13 and up and anyone who likes to see characters start in dark place and find the light as the story unfolds. That’s exactly what happens to Amy. Roger is a bright light right from the beginning and all you want to do is keep turning the pages and watch how he spills some of himself onto Amy little by little.
Julie’s Top 10 YA Road trip Books
1) Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
2) Crash Into Me by Michael Frost and Albert Borris
3) From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and
4) Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
5) The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
6) Paper Towns by John Green
7) In Honor by Jessi Kirby
8) An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green
9) Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern
10) Getting Lost With Boys by Hailey Abbott
Julie’s TBR List Of YA Road Trip Books
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham *Ashelynn’s note: REUNITED is so, so good.
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith