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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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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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  • 12-04-21

Laughed, Cried, and Wished it Wouldn’t End

Performance was great. These guys know what they’re doing (I.e. Mamma Mia 2/ Poldark). Loved the story so much that I wished there was more. A tale of second chances and misunderstandings.

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Cringey young relationship stuff

The story of early 20s relationships was relatable—but nothing I was too eager to revisit! And as seems so common in this genre, half of the characters are ultra rich and have some dull rich-people problems with bad dads. It also used trauma as a major plot point to inject some gravitas—which is a cheap tactic to try to give the story substance where there is none. I liked O’Leary’s previous book, “The Flatshare,” but this one is far less charming. Even though it’s all about character development, the characters still seem flat. Not bad but very missable.

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  • 11-25-21

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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Goes on, and on, and on

The love story is interesting, but the car trip is painful-car breaking down, people getting lost, and all the while I’m thinking, let’s get to the point! I really enjoyed O’Leary’s other novels, but this one is just ok. I fast forwarded a lot of the car trip sections.

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It’s a journey, not a destination…

I’ve read the other 2 books from this author and enjoyed both of them. I also enjoyed this one- maybe even a bit more than The Switch. I liked all the characters, and thought the author did a good job of taking us back and forth through time- it was nicely done. The narrators were really good- and for me, that plays a big part in my enjoyment of the story. I’d recommend this audio book and will look for more stories from this author.

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Angstier than expected

I loved The Flatshare so much so I had high expectations for this one. Sadly I didn’t find The Road Trip as charming. Listening to it while on a long road trip myself might not have been the best idea. The characters just sounded so immature and a couple of them are downright unlikeable.

The narration is competent but not as special as the other book I read by Ms. O’Leary.