Once upon a road trip

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.

Angeli sets off in search of a better understanding of herself, the world, and her place in it. What she finds is an impractical love, with the potential to restore her faith in happy endings.

A true story with an unapologetically honest outlook on life, love, faith, and adventure - Once Upon A Road Trip is a coming-of-age memoir.
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About the author

Award-winning author Angela N. Blount is a Minnesota native, transplanted to the deep South--where she currently resides with her understanding husband, their two children, and a set of identity-confused cats. A Registered Nurse by trade, she is also a freelance content editor, former book reviewer for RT Book Reviews, a memoirist, craft blogger, sporadic poet, and webcomic artist.

In her spare time, Angela enjoys reading, coffee shop loitering, and all things geeky.
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My Review

 

 

I’m not quite sure if this is a memoir masquerading as a novel or a novel based on a memoir. It tells the author’s story of a road trip made when she was eighteen and is told in the third person with diary entries in the first person. It ‘s interesting to follow Angeli on her journey of self-discovery although I’m not sure that the diaries offer much more to the story than we could already deduce from the narrative. The interaction with the people she meets through online storytelling and the way she isn’t sure what she’s looking for are the book’s strengths. There is no sudden epiphany at the end, rather a gentle realization of giving an opportunity a chance. It may appeal to YA but it didn’t seem to have anything new or different to similar road trip novels I’ve read though I guess I’m hardly the target reader. Nevertheless an enjoyable read that takes the reader through many different parts of the USA and Canada.

 

4/5

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