REVIEW: THE ROAD TRIP, BY BETH O’LEARY

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.
 
 
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The Road Trip is a journey toward a wedding, but it turns out to be much more. The characters are each dealing with issues, some of them with others traveling along to that wedding, so we follow them from the past to the present. We learn about past behavior and how the present is finally allowing for some changes.

I really rooted for Dylan and Addie, especially since one character was constantly trying to break them apart. I really hated that character, and even though he seemed to be making changes, eventually, I never really warmed up to him.

One of the other characters was hilarious in his attempt to crash the wedding, taking drastic steps to accomplish his goal.

A delightful journey overall, earning the book 5 stars.
 
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