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Publisher's Summary

Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international best seller The Flatshare.

What if the end of the road is just the beginning?

Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love under the Provence sun. Wealthy Oxford student Dylan was staying at his friend Cherry’s enormous French villa; wild child Addie was spending her summer as the on-site caretaker. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended. They haven’t spoken since.

Today, Dylan’s and Addie’s lives collide again. It’s the day before Cherry’s wedding, and Addie and Dylan crash cars at the start of the journey there. The car Dylan was driving is wrecked, and the wedding is in rural Scotland - he’ll never get there on time by public transport.

So, along with Dylan’s best friend, Addie’s sister, and a random guy on Facebook who needed a ride, they squeeze into a space-challenged Mini and set off across Britain. Cramped into the same space, Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart - and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all.

©2021 Beth O'Leary (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"THIS BOOK IS PERFECT.” (Rosie Walsh, best-selling author of Ghosted)

“As with her surprise hit, The Flatshare, O’Leary expertly balances humor and heart while introducing a zany cast of 20-somethings.... Readers won’t want this crazy road trip to end.” (Publishers Weekly)

"The Road Trip is a humorous yet deeply moving journey toward confronting the past, forgiveness, and reconciliation, with a poignant detour to a summer of young love in Provence. I loved the vivid cast and the depth and intimacy in O’Leary’s writing.” (Helen Hoang, USA Today best-selling author) 

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In theory, any audiobook, audio performance, or podcast can be listened to in the car, but it takes more than great storytelling to be the right fit for every type of road trip. What works for a cross-country adventure may not be quite right for a quick day trip. What you listen to with your significant other may not be (read: is definitely not) the same as what you listen to with a carload of kids. No matter what kind of journey you have coming up, we’ve got you covered.

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Excellent writing, engaging story, and much laughter

Enjoyed it very much. Even when things are difficult, you want to understand and you want for things to get better for the characters. The absurdity of the disasters is entirely relatable. We all know that things can always get worse. It’s nice to be reminded that they can get better, too.

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As Always...

There needs to be a separate review option for Beth O’Learly booka, this one just do want have enough stars. As always, perfection from beginning to end! You will laugh, you will cry, you will enjoy every single second ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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You will never want to end

The narrators were wonderful. I loved the story, romantic but the focus on all the characters makes the books. A love story with exterior elements.

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Not The Flatshare but still good

Not as enjoyable or funny as TFS, but still a well-written, thought-provoking, suspenseful romance.

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her other books are way better

far too...is melodramatic the right word? I love her other 2 books and was so looking forward to this one. not a fan of the characters or the story...or the readers for that matter

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maybe

In the past the other stories by this author have been wonderful. The characters are a bit off (I really struggled with Marcus). Its not the worst book ever and the narrator's made it doable.

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Good Story, Rough Story

Beth is a great storyteller. I enjoy her writing very much. This story was rough with flawed characters and bits of humor sprinkled in. People are flawed and I am glad Beth shared this story with us. It did take me a bit to get used to the then and now jumps, especially in audio but it worked. Thank you Beth.

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Disappointing and eye-roll worthy

As a huge fan of Beth O'Leary's "The Flatshare," I didn't hesitate to use the credit on this audiobook.

I listened to the whole book even though I could tell by the 3-hour mark that this book was not going to live up to the previous book. The plot twist was cheap and uninteresting considering it had 5 hours of build-up. Such disappointment actually induced a migraine for me and put me into a 3-month reading slump.

If you loved "The Flatshare" for the sincerity and vulnerability of Tiffy and Leon's slow-burn relationship, or the body positivity, or the gentle but searing chemistry of the two leads, you will HATE (and resent!) how much "The Roadtrip" falls short. So disappointing, I had waited months for this release.

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Interesting characters,

It was an interesting story. Some very funny parts. The narration was really very good. Sometimes the switching between then and now could get confusing.

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great listen!!

listened while gardening and while working on a project for work. kept my attention, comical, good storyline

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