/, review, Though Shalt Not Road Trip, YA/Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

When sixteen-year-old Luke’s book, Hallelujah, becomes a national bestseller, his publishing house sends him on a cross-country book tour with his older brother, Matt, as chauffeur. But when irresponsible Matt offers to drive Luke’s ex–soul mate, Fran, across the country too, things get a little crazy. On the trip, Luke must loosen up, discover what it truly means to have faith, and do what it takes to get the girl he loves.

Told with Antony John’s signature wit and authenticity, and featuring smart, singular characters who jump off the page and into your heart, this story is a spiritual awakening and rockin’ road trip in one.


I really loved the book. I don’t feel like I skimmed at all. And I often skim at least a little in most books. I really loved Fran and Matt. Those two were the reasons I kept reading in the beginning despite the fact that I kind of wanted to scream at Luke but I realized quickly that I’m supposed to want to do that. I think the author handled the idea of religion perfectly. It’s a story that needs to be told and he added this fun, fantasy type element of a nobody teenager being granted every nobody teenager’s #1 wish–to become suddenly famous and to spend a week on the road with the girl of your dreams. But then of course there’s the twist that Luke is the rare wallflower teenager that didn’t actually wish for that. Not now anyway.

It just felt but both fun and important. And as someone who came from an evangelical Christian upbringing and had to break through that to become my own person, I want to see religion explored in this way in YA books. I don’t know why the topic makes people squirm so much.

The other awesome element is Antony John’s dry sense of humor. I just adore he witty sarcasm and dark yet funny themes explored. It’s right up my ally.



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