Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Angela N. Blount.
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.
My rating: 3.13 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Angela N. Blount.)
This was an interesting story about one girl’s road trip to see friends after graduating high-school.
Angie was a character who seemed more mature than her years at times, and then at other times did things that maybe weren’t so well thought out. She took risks, she tried new things, and she seemed to have spent a lot of time planning out her road trip. I certainly wouldn’t have had the guts to try shark or snails, and driving thousands of miles would have gotten old for me.
The storyline in this was mainly about Angie’s journey, and the people she met and things she did along the way. She visited friends and her relationships with them changed, some for the better and some for the worse, and she made sure to try new things and see places she wanted to see whilst on her journey.
There was a bit of romance in this, as the author explains, this book tells the story of how she met her husband! There were a few kisses with different boys in this book though, which kind-of kept the reader in the dark a bit as to which man would be the right one.
The ending to this was hopeful, and it did seem like Angie had decided which guy it was that was the right guy for her. I wasn’t really expecting the situation that she found herself in with one of her suitors though.
Overall; interesting road-trip story,
6.25 out of 10