7 YA books about Road Trips

School is out and I took an unplanned two week break from everything, but I’m back now. This summer my family is taking a road trip and I’m so excited. I have so many books I want to read while on vacation. Hopefully some of these books will inspire you to go on a road trip of your own.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way  – Goodreads

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

 

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way. – Goodreads

Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

 

Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — with enough distance, maybe she’ll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past. -Goodreads

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn–but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences? -Goodreads

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

1 Concert
2000 Miles
3 Ex-Best Friends

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends. Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3.

But when the band broke up, so did their friendship. Summer ran with the popular crowd, Tiernan was a rebellious wild-child, and Alice spent high school with her nose buried in books.

Now, just as the girls are about to graduate, Level3 announces a one-time-only reunion show.

Even though the concert’s 2000 miles away, Alice buys three tickets on impulse. And as it turns out, Summer and Tiernan have their own reasons for wanting to get out of town. Good thing Alice’s graduation gift (a pea-green 1976 VW camper van known as the Pea Pod) is just the vehicle to get them there. But on the long drive cross-country, the girls hit more than a few bumps in the road. Will their friendship get an encore or is the show really over? -Goodreads

 Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

 

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney — for a girl he met on the Internet.

It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la — this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other. -Goodreads


Paper towns by John Green

To be honest I didn’t love this book, but I feel like no YA road trip book lists is complete without it.

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew… -Goodreads

 

I have added all of these books onto a Goodreads shelf here so you can go add them all in one place without having to click on each individual link.

Do you have any road trip books you  think should have been on this list? What is your favorite book about a road trip?

 

 

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The Books are Coming: May 2016

Here are a few of the books that I am looking forward to this month. In order of release date because that really is the only fair way to list them.

I wanted to get this post up last week, but with Camp NaNo, head colds, and family stuff it just didn’t happen. I am going to get back on track this month.

Both of these first two books come out on May 3rd. I am so excited about both of these books I have no clue which one I will read first.

The Crown

Release date: May 3rd

 

This is the last book in The Selection series. While I am so excited for this book I’m really sad that the series is going to be over. I loved these books so much, I can’t wait to see how it all warps up. I  really like this book cover, all of the books in this series are just SO pretty! I love the beautiful dresses on all of them.

 

The Unexpected Everything 

Release date: May 3rd

I have high expectations for this book. I loved Since You’ve been Gone by Morgan Matson, and I can’t wait to get my hands on her latest book. I hope that I’m not let down by it. I already preordered this one from Target since they have a Target exclusive edition with bonus content.

All I really know about this book is that we follow a girl named Andie and that she is a daughter of a politician. She has her whole life planned out, but then there is a scandal and it turns her life upside down. She ends up having to live with her dad and walk an insane number of dogs. She also meets a guy named Clark.

That is all I really want to know about this book, it’s all I really need to know. Lately, I have been wanting to go into books knowing as little about them as possible.

Highly Illogical Behavior

Release date: May 10th

The psychologist part of  me is so excited about this book. I am not sure what all is going to happen in this book but the concept has me hooked. I am going into this one a little carefully though because I have a little pet peeve about books glamorizing or taking mental illnesses too lightly.

In this book we follow Solomon who is agoraphobic, and hasn’t left his house in three years. There is also Lisa who is trying to get into the second-best psychology program for college, and she decides that the way she is going to earn her spot there is by “fixing” Solomon.

The Last Star

Release date: May 24th (so far away…)

Another conclusion book, this time to a trilogy. This is the last book in The 5th Wave trilogy. I really enjoyed the others and I just hope that this one isn’t a disappointment like so many trilogy conclusions can be. Honestly, I have no clue how Rick Yancey will finish this trilogy, I just hope that I am satisfied with the ending.

 

What books are you looking forward to this month?

 

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This book swept me off my feet. It was sweet, funny, and the perfect summer or spring break read. I loved the characters, and could relate so much to Emily. There is not one thing I would change about this book, I absolutely loved it. 18189606

Summary:

Emily and Sloane are best friends and they have the perfect summer planned. Emily goes away for the weekend and comes back only to find that Sloane has disappeared. Her house is empty, she doesn’t answer calls or texts, and the only thing she left behind was a list. The list ranges from tasks like picking apples at night to kissing a stranger and going skinny dipping. Emily decides that the list will lead her to Sloane, so she spends her summer working through the list with some unexpected help from Frank Porter and some others along the way. She has no clue what she will discover at the end or who she will meet along the way.

 

Favorite things:

There’s a bunch of them, so I’m going to keep the comments short and sweet (or try to anyway).

The characters. Every character in this book, no matter how minor they are, are all very well developed. Each one was so unique, different, and very quirky.

The humor. This book was actually pretty funny. Emily isn’t a perfect character and there’s one scene at a drive-in theater that had me cracking up.

Emily. I could relate to Emily on so many levels. I could picture myself acting and feeling exactly like she did and that just made me love this book even more.

Her parents. They were the cutest. They are both play writers and have this passion and great hobby that they share. Can anyone say #relationshipgoals?

Friendship.  I went kind of back and forth on my feelings about Sloane. I went from wishing I had a friend like Sloane to feeling like she wasn’t the best friend ever. She leaves then doesn’t answer phone calls or texts (won’t go into the explanation for this because of spoilers). Not only that but I feel like in some ways she didn’t accept Emily for who she was. The whole list was full of things that Emily had either previously refused to do, or things she wouldn’t have done.  (So this next part may go against the popular opinion, but these are my thoughts.)While Emily’s and Sloane’s friendship sounded amazing, it really wasn’t healthy. I felt like Emily was codependent on Sloane, it was almost as if she couldn’t breath without being with her or telling her every little thing that happened. I was so happy to watch her grow apart from Sloane and become more independent. It was a really nice character arc that you (or at least I), haven’t seen done that often lately.

The playlists. Even though I didn’t know most of the songs on the playlists through out the book, I liked them and felt like it showed a lot about the characters.

The flashbacks. I really enjoyed the flashbacks that were in most chapters. They were really relevant to what was going on in the present, and they were the main way we learned about Sloane and Emily’s friendship.

The one conversation. There’s this one part when Emily spends all night talking to someone (won’t say who), and I loved how it was written. It perfectly depicted a night when you stay up talking to someone forever about everything.

Living Room Theater. Who wouldn’t want to get a bunch of friends together and do a play in your living room with no prep or anything? It would be awesome.

Some favorite quotes:

There  were so many parts and quotes throughout this book that I used up the last of my little sticky flags. I just bonded with this book so much, I loved it. Here is photo evidence of how many little flags I used. Nats iphone 506

“It was Sloane-you usually didn’t need more than that to have the best Wednesday of your life.”

“Maybe she didn’t do something big. Maybe she just told someone something.”

“You can’t just leave people behind because you think it’s going to be too hard to commit to a friendship. You can’t live your life that way.”

The quills:

Cursing?

Nope, like it’s pretty PG. I was so impressed by this.

Physical romance?

This was almost PG too. A few kisses, and there is one scene where a group of the characters go skinny dipping but it’s never graphic or anything. I appreciated this a lot.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

Nope.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs.

I would give this book six if I could.

The author:

Morgan Matson, who I got to meet, but before I read the book so it didn’t count. She just happened to be on a panel I saw.

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Have you read this book? Do you love it as much as I do?

Are you more like Sloane or Emily? Personally, I’m more like Emily.

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