The Road Trip

Berkley. Jun. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780593335024. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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.
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