Book Review

THE ROAD TRIP by Beth O’Leary (Out Today!)

I received a gifted galley of THE ROAD TRIP by Beth O’Leary for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Publication Date: 6/1/2021

Rating: 3.5 / 5

THE ROAD TRIP finds five people sharing a car due to unforseen circumstances as they head out on the road for a friend’s wedding. Four years prior, two of the car’s occupants, Dylan and Addie, fell in love but the relationship ended badly and they haven’t seen each other since. The book follows two timestreams following the present day group which includes Dylan’s best friend, Addie’s sister, and a stranger they have offered a ride to the wedding. In the alternate chapters, the story unveils Dylan and Addie’s history from when they first met to what went wrong.

This book was not exactly what I expected it to be. In spite of the cute, illustrated cover, this is a book with some darker subject matter that I didn’t expect. I was expecting a bit more of the cute rom-com and less of the emotional trauma and drama.

I enjoyed the present day segments of the book more than the flashbacks and I felt like I wanted more of the present day. It felt like the ‘now’ portions of the book were over a bit too quickly. The present narrative is a comedy of errors – if something can go wrong it certainly will for this group of people and there is a bit of a need to suspend disbelief. Still, I found this a fun, easy read.

The flashback to four years prior, I certainly got the impression that Addie and Dylan made the right decision in breaking up. I did have to remind myself how young they all were. Dylan is very reliant on his best friend, a man who is still in need of some significant maturing in the present day and even drives Dylan a bit crazy at times.

Overall I thought this was a fun read, but it fell a bit flat compared to my expectations. This was my first book by Beth O’Leary. Her writing style was very easy to settle into and I definitely would like to read more from her in the future.

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book with a travel theme

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