First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!
Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.
To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…
M: Let’s start with the cover.
R: Another fail, since the car on the cover is neither the one they traveled in nor the one that she “blew up.” Also, the girl on the cover does not have an olive skin tone like she talks about multiple times in the book.
M: That is true I guess. At this point, though, I’m not surprised when characters on the cover don’t match the description in the book. I’m pretty sure most cover artists only read a few sentences about a book before designing the cover. My feelings toward this cover match my feelings toward the book itself, cautiously neutral.
R: Agreed. There were funny moments. And two of the characters were absolutely awesome. But there were moments were I wanted to shake Rosie, and then weird plot issues.
M: I definitely agree with you there. Especially at the end. But my first issue was right at the beginning, with the TRO. First, did you know what it stood for without looking back?
R: At first I literally thought it stood for “the restraining order,” but then she had “the TRO,” and I realized that that wouldn’t work. Then my other issue with the TRO was, I don’t know how the police served her with it, given that she was under 18 and her parents weren’t home.
M: True, I never thought of that. And I had issues with the acronym as well. The author treated it like it was something everyone knew. Even the judge called it a TRO in court. I feel like since that acronym is not widely used in real life, it shouldn’t be used quite as often in the book, and that it definitely warranted an explanation with its first use.
R: Alright, movin’ on. Rosie, was definitely not my favorite character. I found her to be quite annoying, and self-centered. First there were just general things about her that I didn’t agree with, like her view of the Blue Ridge Parkway as underwhelming and Keith Urban being a good guitarist. But then, the biggest issues I had with her character was her slut-bashing, her disregard of her parents’ finances, and then her inability to understand Logan not opening up to a complete stranger.
M: Well that last one might have something to do with the fact that she was completely open about all of her shortcomings and psychoses. Which harkens back to her self-centeredness. But, even though I was not a huge fan of her character, I could put up with her, I guess. I mean, she was broken-hearted. Those people tend to have issues.
R: I guess, but a broken heart can only justify so much. I definitely kept reading the book so that I could enjoy Spencer and Matty. Those two were my absolute favorite. Their personalities were absolutely adorable and I felt like I could have been friends with them in my high school days. Logan was all right, but I definitely had some issues with some of his decisions, but we probably shouldn’t spoil those bits for the reader.
M: I liked Spencer more than Matty. More because Matty’s character seemed slightly unbelievable. I couldn’t really see him being friends with Rosie despite their shared past.
R: I can see that. I feel like they were probably closer friends when they were younger, and now he’s more friends with her brother and has a crush on her.
M: So, character development is kind of a big issue in this book. I mean, I just feel like she didn’t do a great job with any of the characters when it came to giving us a real glimpse of them. We liked Spencer and Matty, but I still feel like even those characters weren’t really complete.
R: I would definitely agree with that, because it seemed as though at the end, a switch was turned with all the characters and they skipped from point A to point D completely skipping points B and C.
M: Right, like the characters somehow grew or changed completely without giving us any idea of how they accomplished it. Like, Rosie is now completely unselfish. But at no point during her trip did we see her learning to become this way. It was like BAM! now she’s a different person.
R: Exactly, maybe we’re just reading too much into the book and we need to just consider the book for what it is; a lighthearted rom-com that can be read quickly. In which case, it’s great.
M: True. And I definitely would recommend it to friends who are going through a break-up. They might be able to relate with Rosie better than we could.
R: And if someone is looking for a road-trip book, I would definitely recommend Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
Book rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Cover rating: 3 out of 5 stars for appeal, 1 out of 5 stars for accuracy