The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

Funny, heartwarming and thought-provoking – a delightful romance!

The Road Trip by Beth O’leary
416 Pages
Out Now

Opening Line: “The road of friendship never did run smooth, is what I’m saying,” Marcus tells me, fidgeting with his seat belt.

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?


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ll begin by saying that this wasn’t quite the heart fluttering will they/won’t they romance I was expecting, especially compared to say The FlatShare, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t just as good. This book goes a little deeper than just your standard romance.

It alternates between the points of view of Addie and Dylan, from the ‘Now’ when they are on the road trip together and the ‘Then’ which explores how they first met and what happened to cause them to part ways.

The ‘Now’ parts were very funny. They are all stuck in this tiny car together which makes for some very awkward moments and they all experience some rather hilarious situations.

However I definitely preferred the ‘Then’ chapters. It was fascinating to see how they met and fell in love – the beautiful setting of France helped too! Whilst the ongoing romance is just lovely, I love how the author also covered some important topics such as drug use and sexual assault. I feel it gave the book more depth and really showed how all these characters went on a ‘journey’ essentially….not just in the car.

Marcus is Dylan’s best friend and is one of the characters who is heavily involved in some of the reason why Dylan and Addie break up. I will admit I did not like him at all. He was frustrating, annoying and at times I wanted to scream at Dylan to just tell Marcus to get lost. However despite my feelings towards Marcus I did slightly feel sorry for him at times and his character definitely played a huge part in the story.

Overall this is another lovely story from Beth O’leary, it’s funny, thought-provoking and a heartwarming romance.

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