Happy 4th of July!
In honor of Independence Day, I thought we'd focus on one form of summer travel that is primarily American: the road trip. Road trips contain all the essences of summer- driving along with the hood down, music played loud, friends, sunshine, etc- and they're commonly featured in YA literature. Not able to take an actual road trip this summer? Read these books instead.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray is the story of the craziest road trip EVER. Journey on down to New Orleans and Disney World, among other places, and meet party boys, talking lawn gnomes, and many other amazing, interesting, and strange characters. Also, this book contains some of the most hilarious dark humor ever. Just saying. And it's incredibly moving, too.
In Just One Wish by Janette Rallison, Annika's younger brother has cancer, so she's determined to make his wish (to meet Steve, the actor who plays Teen Robin Hood) come true. And thus, Annika travels to Hollywood and back. It's a great trip, touching and entertaining, and a great book.
How to be Bad is by the three incredible authors E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle. This is a very spontaneous road trip with a lot of fun, crazy adventures! Plus, there's friendship, romance, and adventures with alligators.
Have you ever been on a road trip? What are some of your favorite road trip books?