Take two characters who have more than a rocky history together and put them together in a single bus on a summer trip. It only spells disaster and emotionally drained. I liked Caleb because of his intimidating yet gentle and reserved nature. Whereas despite Maggie having a lot to deal with, she is willing to forgive Caleb. I found this to be very intriguing and they get to open up to each other which gives a deeper meaning to their actions.
I connected with Dylan; his restlessness, his failed attempts at trying to understand himself, his fate, his redemption. You know it in your heart that he is utterly genuine but trouble is only at arm’s length when it comes to him. It is so gut-wrenching to see him trying so hard to succumb to his fate and fighting it at the same time. It undoes you and spectacularly so.
Two-Way Street is a fun book. It has two characters who are broken up but unable to escape the circumstances of their break up. They still have a trip to college to survive ’cause apparently you can’t break up and not have it come bite you in the ass the next day.
So it is hard not to love Jordan who is helplessly in love but his hands are tied and Courtney who is seething with jealousy over Jordan’s made up girlfriend. The jibes, jealousy and the hilarity of the two characters easily made them one of my favorites.
These two are a perfect pair unto each other. They can honestly live together happily ever after. Colin is awkward, socially inept but crazy smart and he knows facts! I totally related to him on that level. I love knowing and telling facts and statistics (not like Sheldon’s does) so it was awesome to see Colin do that.
And Hassan is comfortable in his skin which is what makes him so likable in my book. Also, it was great to read about a Muslim character and from John Green’s point of view. I just didn’t like the way Hassan kept calling Colin kafir; that is so not acceptable.
I adore this book so it’s no wonder that out of the four main characters, three are my favorite. Kylie is a favorite ’cause she has that not-concerned-with-others look about her and she is damn smart! She likes to keep with herself or the people she is comfortable with which is so me.
Max was such an asshole at first but then I got to know him and the guy had depth he wasn’t showing! He almost did a complete one-eighty as the story progressed. I said almost because he gets confused in between and I wanted to shake him out of it. Generally, he is a milder Noah Hutchkins and hot.
Will is the coolest character ever (second to only Wesley Rush from The DUFF). He likes to party and could act like the laziest person ever when everyone else is panicking. I wouldn’t have minded reading the whole book from his point of view or even reading one of him only. The best gay character as yet (along with Cinna from The Hunger Games).
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I love road trip books too! Have you read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour? So much fun! An Abundance of Katherine's is my favorite John Green. Here's my list http://wp.me/pzUn5-1qt
Jude Henderson says
I LOVED Take Me There by Carolee Dean, I read it a while ago but I remember that Dylan became one my favorite characters. Apart from that book I haven't read any of the other you featured – even though most of them are sitting in my shelf.
I'm mentally kicking myself, I need to read them.
Oh my gosh, great list!! Caleb & Maggie and Jordan & Courtney would be on my list too! I really need to read An Abundance of Katherines and Take Me There, I have both on my shelf, just need to get around to reading them!
Awesome picks, Sana! 🙂
Road trip books! I haven't actually read that many either, which may be why I don't recognize these characters. I should really get around to reading John Green, eh? Someday soon. Thanks for sharing your list!
I haven't read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour but it seems to be the ultimate road trip book so I'll get to it. Soon.
Oh my God yes, Take Me There is so underrated, unknown and such a favorite of mine that I sometimes just tell people to go read it. Sigh.
Go for From What I Remember… first, it's hilarious and oh so good.
Vegan YA Nerds says
I've only read Two Way Street and didn't enjoy it but I do have Take Me There on my shelf so I'm glad to hear that you connected with MC, Dylan!
I don't think I've read any road trip books. MUST RECTIFY THIS ASAP! New follower by the way!
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Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know
What a fantastic genre to pick! I LOVE road trip/wanderlust stories now you've given me a bunch to add to my to read list!
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Kimberly @ The Bookish Thespian
This is a whole new Genre for me, I admit! Thanks for introducing me! I think this is a list of books I can get behind and read! Thanks for stopping by my TTT today!
Maji Bookshelf says
I need to pick up Take Me There! I didn't know it was such a great road trip novel. I recommend you pick up Amy and roger's Epic Detour! That was a great road trip novel 🙂
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Shelver 506 says
Ooooh, road trip genre! I don't think I've come across anyone to pick that yet. Very nice.
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Shelver @ Bookshelvers Anon
Nice genre choice. I really need to read some of these!
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Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue says
What an awesome list, Sana! I LOVE "road trip" books. I just added An Abundance of Katherine's to my TBR. Have you read Saving June, or Reunited? Both are awesome road trip books. I think I like them so much because I've always wanted to go on one!
Bellas Bookshelf says
Road trip books are wonderful! I can get lost in one of them for hours. Whenever I need an escape book I reach for a road trip book. I think they should be in a sub genre with that name. You should patent it quick..lolz..
So I loveeeeee road trip books and somehow I haven't read any of the ones you mentioned! Obviously I need to fix this 🙂 I've been meaning to read Two-Way Street and From What I Remember. I'll definitely have to pick these up soon! Great list.