The Quirky Girl’s Guide to Rest Stops and Road Trips – Karen Rivers Review

A high school graduate, wannabe writer, and proud owner of a VW van, Haley decides to hit the road in search of good material — after, of course, getting her driver’s license. Finally, license in hand, she concocts a story for her hapless, hippie dad and heads to California with her enemy-turned-friend, Izzy Archibaud. Along the way, they break down, get lost, end up in strange towns with even stranger people, and discover that “Life with a capital L” may be complicated, but it’s never boring. Written as a shared travel diary, The Quirky Girls’ Guide to Rest Stops and Road Trips is both a road novel and a coming-of-age story. As she’s forced to make her own decisions, Haley’s voice gradually shifts from that of a vain, anxious adolescent to a slightly-less-vain, slightly-less-anxious young woman. From realizing that her first boyfriend isn’t the one to recognizing that her friends are beginning to have their own lives, Haley’s journey is one that resonates with young adult readers.

This is the last book in the Haley Andromeda series. I think this book was by far my favourite in the series. Even though all three of these books were about Haley growing up and figuring out who she is as a person, a daughter, a girlfriend, and a friend, the last book is most about this. I also thought it stressed the importance of having a well founded support system in your life. I don’t know how Haley always manages to find the people who treat her worst, but Izzy was worse than Jules!

I think in this book, Haley was tested the most. She was forced to grow up (about time), and it really made her understand who she is. (Road trips always seem to do that!) I thought this was a great ending to the series because it was very genuine. I really enjoyed reading about Haley for three books.

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