This book is so ridiculously refreshing. I thought I had its number from page one, but I so didn’t. I mean, look at the summary. Doesn’t it just seem like your typical road trip book with two teens, their burgeoning romance, yada, yada, yada? But it all unfolded in a completely different manner than I expected, and Josh and Lil’s relationship certainly did not progress the way I thought it would. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I don’t want to ruin anything, but seriously, I just wanted to hug this book for being so much more than a YA cliché.
Josh has a car and his dad’s credit card. Lil has her cellphone and a hunch about where Penny is hiding. There’s something else she needs to find: Are she and Josh meant to be together?
I liked Josh and Lil a lot, but more as characters than I would in real life. Let me explain. They’re both perfectly friendly and likeable people, but they have the kind of really close friendship that would always leave other people on the outside. Like, they’d be those annoying people who are always finishing each other sentences and laughing at inside jokes and talking about things that only really make sense to them, making everyone else essentially as a third wheel. So yeah, that quality about them kinda annoyed me in the book, but since I didn’t actually have to experience it first hand, I could deal.
As usual, this book made me want to take a road trip. I’m not really a spur-of-the-moment road trip type--I’m too much of a planner--but after reading this book, I wanted to do it anyway. Josh and Lil just make it look like so much fun. They don’t even pack anything--just decide they’re going across the country and leave right then, stopping wherever they think looks interesting. It was awesome.
The only thing that really annoyed me about this book is how Lil keeps lying to the police about not knowing anything about her friend’s disappearance. Hasn’t she watched any crime dramas? Doesn’t she know it’s never a good idea to lie to the cops? But maybe that’s just my healthy respect for authority speaking.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, because it initially seems like it’s going to end up being a cliché. But it totally isn’t. It ends pretty perfectly and left me with that wonderful feeling of “Yeah, the author got it right.”