THE ROAD TRIP - BETH O'LEARY
Title: The Road Trip
Author: Beth O'Leary
Published: April 2021
Genres: Fiction, Romance (Light)
Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend's wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.
But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.
Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they've totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can't avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship...
Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly... is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I couldn’t quite bring myself to give this one a 4, but it’s definitely a strong 3. It was alarmingly easy to fly through the saccharine meet-cute of Addie & Dylan (hello summer romance in a Provence manor – must be nice). It was however frequently interrupted by the “now” storyline two years down the track which played heavily into the “forced proximity” troupe and was nowhere near as alluring. At first I became frustrated by the self-deprecation of both protagonists, but around halfway I began to recognise signs of depression and the anxiety that come with navigating your early twenties and a broken family dynamic. From here, my perspective shifted. I liked the way O’Leary layered the protagonists with problems that traditionally don’t belong in rom-coms; binge-drinking, mental illness, sexual assault. All of which are a much more realistic snapshot of that time in our lives. It could have done with 100 less pages though, which clearly had a huge impact on my enjoyment of the story.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️
There is so much to be relished in the trope of a then teenage/now adult love story, second chances and close proximity, but this was just not it. Though I wasn’t overly attached to the characters, I was still intrigued and everything was travelling along (pun intended, always) in true Beth O’Leary style, but the longer it went on, the more it dragged. I was more invested in the “then” story of Dylan and Addie, which had some humour and heartfelt moments, but these weren’t enough to get me through. There was also a storyline which occurred towards the end which I felt was very left field, and (no spoilers) I’m not sure that addition was parallel to the rest of the narrative. I am for a slow burn, but this one never seemed to strike for me.
Thank you to Hachette for sending us an advanced review copy of this book.
You can find more information about the book and purchase a copy here.
OUR FAVOURITE QUOTE
"I don’t care about almost. I care about what really happened. Everyone’s got the potential to do the wrong thing—if we were measured that way, we’d all come up short. It’s about what you do."
Binge-drinking, sexual assault, anxiety and depression.