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The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  29 April 2021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Quercus

Source:  Hachette Australia

Pages: 416


Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?



Thank you to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Addie and her sister Deb are excited for their road trip to their friend, Cherry’s, wedding. That is until another car runs into them on the way and that car contains Addie’s ex boyfriend and his horrible mate. Left with little choice but to let them hitch a ride, they’re now faced with the worlds most uncomfortable road trip.

While navigating the messy, fraught emotions of the current road trip, the story of Addie and Dylan’s relationship is told in flashbacks, taking us from the time they met to, where it all went wrong.  Toxic relationships with friends and family, different upbringings, addiction and misunderstandings all played a part in the downfall of their relationship and those themes were explored well in the story.

I’m not usually a big fan of romance books, but this one was quite different and I appreciated the real life humour it contained. It wasn’t a sweet romance – maybe at first, but Dylan was kind of a dick to Addie and would have had a stern talking to if he was one of my friends 😄

This was such a fun book, in a genre I don’t read often, with brilliant characters. I laughed, I got mad and I cried. Deb was by far my favourite character and Marcus deserved a punch in the face 😄  This was my first book by Beth O’Leary, so I think I’ll check out some of her others!


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