Saturday, 24 August 2013

Arc Review : Once Upon A Road Trip by Angela N. Blount

Summary :

Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn’t "fit in." She’s never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness — and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends. 

Aside from contracting mono and repeatedly getting herself lost, Angeli's adventure is mired by more unforeseen glitches — like being detained by Canadian authorities, and a near-death experience at the hands of an overzealous amateur wrestler. Her odyssey is complicated further when she unwittingly earns the affections of two young men. One a privileged martial artist; the other a talented techie with a colorful past.

Bewildered by the emotions they stir, Angeli spurns the idea of a doomed long-distance relationship. But she is unprepared for the determination of her hopeful suitors. In the wake of her refusal, one man will betray her, and the other will prove himself worthy of a place in her future.

Angeli sets off in search of a better understanding of herself, the world, and her place in it. What she finds is an impractical love, with the potential to restore her faith in happy endings.

A true story with an unapologetically honest outlook on life, love, faith, and adventure -- Once Upon A Road Trip is a coming-of-age memoir.

Review :

"Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself." 

I would firstly like to thank the author for giving me such a wonderful story to read and review. This is the kind of book one wouldn't forget in a hurry. 
As they say "Adventure Is Out There". And this sure is one of those adventures I myself would love to go on.
Angie doesn't know what she wants from her life. Having decided to figure herself out she sets out for a 2 month road trip. Being all alone she feels vulnerable and fearful of the unknown and thus knows that is why she has to go through it so that at the end she emerges a winner. But a road trip isin't all fun and games. Over the course of 2 months Angie visits some of her friends she made on an online writing community. A couple of them she's met before but the others not so much. I really liked them but one of them just irritated me since he seemed to be such a great guy in the beginning. And the other 
was simply perfect. You just want him to be the "One". Nope I'm not gonna give up the names. You have to read it for that :D & you sure will be glad that you did. 

This story made me smile at times and got me angry when things got a little roughed up in Angie's journey. Although she still doesn't know what to do with her future career wise but she now has someone great amd amazing to share it with. All in all this being Angela's true story I think it was incredible. The way she grew throughout the journey, the amazing kindness she showed towards people, her gentle soul and a truly great story. Highly recommended!