If there was a job where someone could spend all day picking the perfect roadtrip books, Katie would be the CEO.
The May after I finished college was spent road tripping along the New England coastline, lazy days spent going from New York to Maine and back with one of my oldest friends. Those long stretches in the car accompanied by whatever radio stations we could find and broken up by stops in towns large and small and the rugged Maine coastline are the inspiration for these two great spring break reads.
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Graham Larkin is a movie star in California. Ellie O’Neill is a small town girl in Maine. Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past their paths in life would never have crossed. But one email mishap later involving a pig named Wilbur, and a long distance correspondence is begun. One thing leads to another when you are a much-sought-after celebrity, and Graham manages to find himself on a movie set in a small town in Maine one summer…
If you want to spend your spring break thinking about lobster rolls, whoopie pies, beaches, boats, sunny days and movie sets, then this is the book for you. Graham and Ellie’s romance is sweet, but it’s the setting that will really transport you.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson writes books that are made for spring break adventures and summer vacation. Amy & Roger was her debut a few years ago, and if you still haven’t picked it up (despite our repeated attempts to convince you that you should), now is the time. Because let’s face it: Spring break was invented to be spent on the road.
This is another coast-to-coast romance, but in this case, no movie star is pulling the strings. In fact, the circumstances are far more sobering. Following the death of Amy’s father, her mother has decided to move the family from California to Connecticut right before Amy’s senior year. And she won’t be making the trip alone. Roger, the son of her mother’s friend and a guy she barely knows, is to be her road trip buddy. Not exactly the stuff of spring breaker dreams. But Amy and Roger’s journey lives up to the book’s title--complete with fun pit stops, a great soundtrack, and romance along the way.