The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: January 12th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: the author
Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.
It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.
What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.
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Did I lose weight? I swear I did, because I completely laughed my ass off reading this book. No joke, it is probably the funniest book I have ever read. The comedy in this book goes way beyond just a little snicker here and there. No, I’m talking full out, laugh-til-you-cry, roll-around-clutching-your-belly, almost-pee-your-pants kind of humor.
So, imagine you are stuck in an aging RV with your dad, your big brother, and his best friend for an entire week. These are men with beards, flannels, and flatulence. Can you see where this is going?
I don’t want to give you the wrong impression about this book. Yes, it is freaking hilarious, but it is also a heartwarming story with poignant family moments. The road trip is a milestone for each of them, and with it comes with some heartfelt dialogue and maybe, if you’re like me, a few tears.
What I loved about this book, first and foremost, is the characters. The more you read about them, the more they become a part of your crazy, extended family. You have Paul, the brother who’s a genius, but mostly acts like a teenage drama queen. Then there’s Bernie (Dad), with his ninja eyebrows and Presidential swear words. You also have the family friend, Porter. He’s very sweet, loves unconditionally, and makes sacrifices at the expense of his own happiness. Finally, there’s the heroine, Marley. She’s completely relatable, extremely caring, and highly ambitious. I loved everyone, but the scenes with just Porter and Marley were definitely my favorite!
In the end, the combination of these four, plus the shenanigans of a week-long trip in a 1980’s RV, makes for a delightfully entertaining read. I highly recommend it–especially if you are in touch with your inner 12-year-old!