Finished Where the Road Leads Us by Robin Reul. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“From Robin Reul, the author of My Kind of Crazy, comes an uplifting YA contemporary about two teens on an unexpected journey to forge their own paths.
Jack has always known what he wanted: to follow in his father’s footsteps to Columbia University and become a doctor. But when his father unexpectedly dies, Jack’s careful plans start to unravel. Then, on the eve of leaving for college, he discovers a letter his father wrote to his estranged brother, Alex, stamped and unsent. Jack sees an opportunity: if he goes to San Francisco and finds his brother, he might be able to heal the past and truly move forward.
Hallie is sitting on huge news that she isn’t ready to share with anyone. And she doesn’t want to think about it, either; she’s just learned that her closest friend from her online cancer support group has taken a turn for the worst. There’s a small window to travel to Oregon to see him and say goodbye, but she knows her protective parents would never let her go. Hallie’s life suddenly feels like it’s spinning out of control, so she does the only thing she can think of: she buys a bus ticket to Oregon, and tells her parents she’s going to a friend’s for the weekend.
Jack and Hallie had a class together years ago, but haven’t seen each other since. But fate puts them into the same rideshare to the bus terminal, setting off a whirlwind road trip that may lead them to their own true selves…and maybe to each other.”
The synopsis is a little bit misleading. Yes, it’s all accurate but it may lead you to believe that this is a heavy book; it’s really not. It’s actually such a fun book and just a real delight to read.
It’s been a hard year for everyone (I read the book and wrote this in 2020), and I really needed this story. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud and how many times I smiled and how many times I hugged my Kindle. (No judgment–hard year.)
Everything about this story is completely perfect and exactly what I needed to read. It’s a very fun book but, at the same time, there are really quietly profound parts. There are thoughts about grief and how to change your life’s path, basically how to break inertia and to start trying to actively choose how you want your life to go. (I think a lot of us can remember the time before college, and how it can sometimes feel like it’s an expected choice and not a deliberate one.)
This is exactly what I needed and I hope you read it soon. This is even better than her debut, which is the highest bar.