This is a classic American roadtrip story, but it's not just a journey through different lands: it explores the ups and downs of dealing with grief and loss. It's really fun and sweet and genuine. Right from the very start, and all the way through, I found myself saying 'people are soooo nice in this book!' The real estate agent's email, Roger, Barb at the lonely rest stop, Bronwyn, Drew and his friends, Lucien, and the many strangers they encounter along the way.. So much genuine kindness! It was so delightful and refreshing.
But the story as a whole, felt real. I felt Amy's sadness and the depth of her regrets and pain. I felt Roger's longing for closure with Hadley, and his gentle way of caring for Amy. I felt the tug of a fluttery crush and I felt the sense of awe looking up at the stars or out at the surrounding mountains.
Ofcourse the book made me want to go on a roadtrip and adventure through places I've never been! I want to see the trees and taste the burgers. The pages of the book are filled with photos and drawings and playlists of bands I love and bands I've never heard of, and I can't wait to listen to them all.
It's a book filled with life lessons, quotable moments, and wonder-filled connections. It's a little like Elizabethtown, but it's also like nothing else in the world. It's a beautiful journey in itself. One I'd highly recommend, and one I will definitely be giving as gifts.
Ps, here are some really lovely answers to questions you may have after reading it. From the author, to your heart. They made me smile.
"To the stars and through adversity." Xo