Author: Angela N. Blount
Publisher: Artifice Press
Publish Date: July 30, 2013
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a memoir fan
From Goodreads.com: "Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn’t "fit in." She’s never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness — and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends.
Aside from contracting mono and repeatedly getting herself lost, Angeli's adventure is mired by more unforeseen glitches — like being detained by Canadian authorities, and a near-death experience at the hands of an overzealous amateur wrestler. Her odyssey is complicated further when she unwittingly earns the affections of two young men. One a privileged martial artist; the other a talented techie with a colorful past.
Bewildered by the emotions they stir, Angeli spurns the idea of a doomed long-distance relationship. But she is unprepared for the determination of her hopeful suitors. In the wake of her refusal, one man will betray her, and the other will prove himself worthy of a place in her future."
My Two Cents:
"Once Upon a Road Trip" is a non-fictional story of Angeli (told in third person point of view interestingly enough), who goes on a road trip to meet her internet friends. The fact that it was based on the author's own experiences added an extra layer of interest for me.
I really thought this book was interesting. I've always dreamed of going on a cross country road trip (even though I really don't care for driving) so I liked living vicariously through Angeli's trip in this book. I did like the story but it seemed like it took awhile to get to the real arc of the story. The arc of the story involved Angeli and two of her internet friends that she meets both falling for Angeli. There was a lot about Angeli's road trip prior to these two guys fighting over her. While I enjoyed "meeting" the people that she met through her road trip but in the end, it sort of distracted from the overall point.
I did like the writing in this book. The author definitely has a way of making conversations seem really real. Because the conversations felt so real, it pulled me into the book. I think that conversations can be one of the most difficult things to capture in the book. There were a lot of characters in this book but I thought the author did a pretty good job of giving them each a separate "voice."
Overall, I liked this story.