Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ARC Review: Road Trip by A.F. Henley

Road TripBlurb:
For as long as Boyd can remember, he's been pushing pins into a map. Carson City, Las Vegas, Albuquerque—all places he wants to see, for a dozen different reasons that wouldn't mean a thing to anyone else. When he finally gets a chance to purchase the '69 Road Runner of his dreams, at a price that even he can manage, Boyd jumps at the opportunity.
Oliver seems like just another kid with a broken dream when their paths cross in Vegas. Against Boyd's better judgment, he offers to let Oliver hitch along for the ride when Oliver confides the need to get out and get gone.
But it's not long before Boyd realizes Oliver's reasons for running are more complicated—and more dangerous—than Oliver let on. But Boyd doesn't like people who play hardball, and he definitely doesn't like people messing with a man who's managed to light a fuse that Boyd forgot he had.

Todd’s rating:

 "Road Trip" was a decent read, but there wasn't anything that I really found thrilling about the story.

Thirty-five year old mechanic, Boyd, has been saving for decades to buy a '69 Road Runner to drive cross country and visit destinations that he's pinned on a map over many years.

I felt like the pins in a map idea was underutilized in the story, with the most memorable reason for a pin being something along the lines of "Bugs Bunny took a left here once." *Pin*

And the least exciting reason was something like "I had a childhood girlfriend that moved there back in the day." *Pin* Dude, you don't even like girls and you aren't going to look her up, so huh??? *Scratchin'-My-Ass-Confused*

If the story had made each stop on the trip at least somewhat sentimental or poignant (remembrances of his deceased parents, perhaps?), I think that would have taken the book to another level vs. "I heard that a guy once farted himself to death there." *Pin*

[Insert emotional investment here, please.]

Our other main character, Oliver, was cute and adorable with a 'big secret', from which he was fleeing Las Vegas, avoiding the topic whenever asked as if he'd had boinked a casino boss' boyfriend or something equally interesting.

But the 'big secret' (yawn) felt like a complete after thought, as did 'the bad guy', who only appears for about 3 pages toward the end -- never to be heard from again.

I did like the story and the interactions between Boyd and Oliver, but this felt kind of like being all riled up to watch Sam and Dean Winchester driving around hunting monsters.

Except in this episode of Supernatural, while they're both really cool guys, they drive and drive and drive -- but never actually find any monsters to decapitate. *sigh*

3 stars for a "pleasant", but not overly exciting read.

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for a fair, unbiased review.


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