I always wanted to travel to many places within the United States and beyond. But one way I can comfort my desire is to read road trip books. Here are five reads on travel that I recommend you try. Some are contemporary and romantic, and all are full of adventures to different places.
The Only Road – Alexandra Diaz
Inspired by true events, this award-winning middle-grade novel is about two young cousins who flee their home under the threat of violence in search of a better life in the United States.
Where the Road Leads Us – Robin Reul
A contemporary romance adventure if you enjoy sweet simple plots.
Jack is leaving for college soon but has the desire to find his estranged brother, Alex, and to find closure in their father’s death. Hallie discovered upsetting news about a friend in Oregon, and she wants to go see him before it’s too late.
Two strangers who shared a class years ago may share more in common than they imagined. A coincidental rideshare and bus terminal fate. Prepare for unconventional hilarious moments in this adventure as their true selves emerge.
Places We’ve Never Been – Kasie West
A swoony YA contemporary cross-country family road trip with a childhood friend.
Norah hasn’t seen her childhood best friend Skyler in years. They used to talk a lot after he moved away, but then it just resorted to Instagram likes later on. Now a joint RV road trip with the families brings them together. However, Skyler arrives not so thrilled to be here. Hurt and confused, this now becomes a friendship-turned rivalry. but new roads and new discoveries may bring them closer, figuring out their feelings and mending broken friendships.
Nowhere Near You – Leah Thomas
This is the sequel to the book Because You’ll Never Meet Me, a story following characters Ollie and Moritz, who have unique abilities which prevent them from meeting in person. Through letters, they comforted each other during the darkest times of their lives. From Ollie to losing his only friend Leslie to the normalcy of school, and Moritz facing his bully. But now that things have ended spectacularly, they must start anew and send each other support.
When the truth is revealed, it leaves them at a standstill, this focuses even more on the heartwarming friendship. The letters continue as Ollie goes on a road trip to the woods. Moritz decides on a new school that would suit an eyeless boy who prefers solitude.
Along the way, they meet other teens like them, products of strange science that have assimilated well into society. Now the impossible became possible. The future seems bright for both of them. but they can’t escape the past that wants to destroy their present progress. Can they learn to face their darkness and come out unscathed?
The Weight of Your Sky – Hanna Alkaf
Melati Ahmad is a music lover and not your typical sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with the Beatles. She has OCD, and she fears the djinn inside her, one that brings horrible dreams of her mother’s death unless she counts and taps vigorously. On May 13th, 1969, racial tensions are high in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Chinese and Malays are at war. Soon she is separated from her mother by the flames that engulf her city. Now, with a 24-hour curfew and no communication, she relies on the help of Vincent, a Chinese boy with a motorbike. With violence, prejudices, and the djinn’s power, she goes on a journey that will change her life.
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