*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Title: Where the Roads Lead Us
Author: Robin Reul
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Jack is on the verge of leaving for college, but before he does, he wants to track down his estranged brother, Alex and find some closure in the wake of their father’s death. Meanwhile, Hallie has just found out some upsetting news about a friend in Oregon, and she has a small window to go see him before it’s too late. Jack and Hallie are practically strangers. They shared a class together years ago and haven’t seen each other since, though they have more in common than they’d ever imagine. And when fate puts them into the same rideshare to the bus terminal, it kicks off an unconventional and hysterical adventure that may lead them to their own true selves…and maybe to each other.
A road trip, a family divided, an exploration of friendship and true connection, Where the Road Leads Us is a coming of age story about characters Jack and Hallie. These two teens have only had distant and vague interactions in a past writing class suddenly find themselves drawn together by the universe in the most unlikely of scenarios. A brief encounter leads to a chance ride-share which unfolds into a road trip that will ultimately change their lives.
What I love most about Jack and Hallie’s story is that it was so real and relatable for teens. It’s an honest portrayal of the anxiety felt at the cusp of adulthood when there are endless possibilities, often crushing expectations, and an depth of uncertainties of what the future holds. The story follows their path, over the course of a brief 48 hour timeline, as them embark on not only a journey across the state, but an emotional journey of self-discovery as well. In sharing their stories, Jack and Hallie both experience the chance to uncover their own true wants and motivations, and make decisions that will alter the course of their lives.
As a whole, this story was pretty enjoyable. It was an easy read and moved along at a good clip. The story is endearing and heartwarming. It’s comfortable and a bit cheesy, but overall, not a bad read. I rated it 3 stars. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t blow me away. It’s always nice to have something casual to read and this one fit the bill.