The road trip

Beth O'Leary

Book - 2021

"What if the end of the road is just the beginning? Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love under the Provence sun. Wealthy Oxford student Dylan was staying at his friend Cherry's enormous French villa; wild child Addie was spending her summer as the on-site caretaker. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended. They haven't spoken since. Today, Dylan's and Addie's lives collide again. It's the day before Cherry's wedding, and Addie and Dylan crash... cars at the start of the journey there. Dylan's car is wrecked, and the wedding is in rural Scotland--he'll never get there on time by public transport. So, along with Dylan's best friend, Addie's sister, and a random guy on Facebook who needed a ride, they squeeze into Addie's car and set off across Britain. Cramped into the same space, Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart--and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all"--

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Subjects
Genres
Love stories
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Jove 2021.
Edition
Jove trade paperback edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Readers guide included" - cover page 4
Physical Description
384 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780593335024
0593335023
Main Author
Beth O'Leary (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Addie and her sister Deb are heading off on a road trip to a friend's wedding when they get into a car accident. The driver of the other car? Addie's ex, Dylan. Addie and Deb take pity on Dylan and his friend Marcus—their car isn't driveable, and there's no public transportation where they're heading—and soon they're all packed into Deb's Mini, along with another guest, Rodney. Interspersed with the present-day narrative of their increasingly complicated journey are recollections from both Addie and Dylan of their initial meeting and how their relationship developed and eventually fell apart. Luckily for them, they suddenly have plenty of time in close quarters to sort through the misunderstandings and bad decisions that led to their breakup and decide whether to give it another shot. Though some readers will find it hard to have much sympathy for privileged Dylan, his character shows a lot of growth between the breakup and the reunion. Addie is a warm and viviacious heroine, and readers will root for her to recover from her emotional wounds. VERDICT This sweet second-chance romance will please fans of The Flatshare and character-driven romances.—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A pair of exes travel from England to Scotland for a friend's wedding in O'Leary's delightful third contemporary romance (after The Switch). Sisters Addie and Deb Gilbert are heading north in a Mini that's seen better days when they're rear-ended by Addie's ex, Dylan Abbott, and his obnoxious friend, Marcus, who always did his worst to sabotage their relationship. Marcus's Mercedes is totaled, so the sisters feel obliged to squeeze the guys into the backseat with Rodney, a friend of the bride's who needed a lift. From there, the trip becomes an extended nightmare of hilarious breakdowns, rescues, and pit stops peppered with snide comments, hurt feelings, and rivalries old and new. The present narrative is interspersed with flashbacks to Addie and Dylan's relationship and devastating breakup. Over the course of their misadventures it becomes clear that these two still love each other—but have they matured enough to make it work? As with her surprise hit, The Flatshare, O'Leary expertly balances humor and heart while introducing a zany cast of 20-somethings. Though some readers may balk at the grammar ("?‘Sorry,' me and Rodney say simultaneously"), the breezy, conversational tone fits the novel's mood. Readers won't want this crazy road trip to end. Agent: Tanera Simons, Darley Anderson Literary. (June) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"What if the end of the road is just the beginning? Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love under the Provence sun. Wealthy Oxford student Dylan was staying at his friend Cherry's enormous French villa; wild child Addie was spending her summer as the on-site caretaker. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended. They haven't spoken since. Today, Dylan's and Addie's lives collide again. It's the day before Cherry's wedding, and Addie and Dylan crash cars at the start of the journey there. Dylan's car is wrecked, and the wedding is in rural Scotland--he'll never get there on time by public transport. So, along with Dylan's best friend, Addie's sister, and a random guy on Facebook who needed a ride, they squeeze into Addie's car and set off across Britain. Cramped into the same space, Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart--and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Forced to take a road trip together to their friend’s wedding in Scotland, former lovers Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart – and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international bestseller The Flatshare.What if the end of the road is just the beginning?Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love under the Provence sun. Wealthy Oxford student Dylan was staying at his friend Cherry’s enormous French villa; wild child Addie was spending her summer as the on-site caretaker. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended. They haven’t spoken since.Today, Dylan’s and Addie’s lives collide again. It’s the day before Cherry’s wedding, and Addie and Dylan crash cars at the start of the journey there. The car Dylan was driving is wrecked, and the wedding is in rural Scotland—he’ll never get there on time by public transport.So, along with Dylan’s best friend, Addie’s sister, and a random guy on Facebook who needed a ride, they squeeze into a space-challenged Mini and set off across Britain. Cramped into the same space, Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart—and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all.