Review: The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

Hello friends! I have quite a controversial opinion for today’s book review, so buckle up!

About the Book:

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

My Review:

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

I really wanted to like this book. I’ve never read any of the author’s previous books, but I’ve mainly heard great things about them, so I just assumed I would like any of her books. Unfortunately this book really didn’t work for me.

Things I didn’t like:

  • The characters: None of the characters were likable. The one exception is maybe Abbie’s sister, Deb, but even she annoyed me at some times. Dylan is one of the wort love interests I’ve ever read in a romance book. His best friend, Marcus, was just absolute trash and I don’t understand how anyone could have stayed friends with him. Abbie, the main character, was someone I originally rooted for, but the more excuses she made for Dylan, Marcus, and all the other shitty men in the book the more I started to despise her. 
  • The road trip was dreadfully boring: absolutely nothing happens almost the entire time they are on the road. Anytime we were in the “now” section, all I would wish for was more chapters from the past because at least those had some drama going on. The only thing that happened on the road was Abbie and Dylan staring longingly at one another. The first few times I could feel the bit of tension, but after chapter 3 it got old real fast. 
  • There is a scene that deals with sexual assault, and the way some characters handle it literally disgusts me. I know their reactions is what drives their character growth in the future chapters, but all the characters we’re men, so I felt like the conversation about sexual assault and rape were centered around how the men felt and not really around the girl who experiences it. 

I don’t really recommend this book to anyone, and the only reason it got two stars instead of one was because I like actually quite enjoyed the first 20%. After that this book was a train wreck. 

If you stuck around to the end of my rant-y review, thanks for so much! If you’ve read this book I would love to know how you felt about it, so drop a comment!

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