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The instant Sunday Times Bestseller and #1 eBook Bestseller from the author of The Flatshare
'The bookish summer staple you can't miss' Zoella Book Club
'Joyful and uplifting' Sheila O'Flanagan
'O'Leary's best yet' Gillian McAllister
'A charming, heartfelt story of love found and love potentially lost' Laura Jane Williams
'This book is perfect' Rosie Walsh
'Completely fresh and unpredictable, The Road Trip is so compelling' Paige Toon
'Beth is quite rightly earning her title as "Queen of Uplit"' Prima
Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend's wedding in rural Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.
But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.
Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they've totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with four-hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can't avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship...
Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly, is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?
'Funny, relatable and tender' Red
'So romantic and moving and brilliantly told' Louise O'Neill
'O'Leary does it again! The Road Trip is another sure-fire hit, filled with characters you won't forget' Mike Gayle
'An achingly tender love story' Richard Roper
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Two exes, an unpredictable sister, a meddling best friend and a stranger from Facebook jammed into one Mini Cooper en route to a wedding: you can take a guess at all the ways it could go wrong, then double it. Beth O’Leary has made a name for herself as master of uplifting modern romance and fans will lap up The Road Trip (unless they’re claustrophobic or get car sick – they really do spend a lot of time in that car). Split into the now and then and told from former couple Addie and Dylan’s perspectives, it’s angsty, heartfelt, funny, and might even see you longing for the days of traipsing the country to a former colleague/second cousin/long-lost schoolfriend’s nuptials several times a year.
A pair of exes travel from England to Scotland for a friend's wedding in O'Leary's delightful third contemporary romance (after The Switch). Sisters Addie and Deb Gilbert are heading north in a Mini that's seen better days when they're rear-ended by Addie's ex, Dylan Abbott, and his obnoxious friend, Marcus, who always did his worst to sabotage their relationship. Marcus's Mercedes is totaled, so the sisters feel obliged to squeeze the guys into the backseat with Rodney, a friend of the bride's who needed a lift. From there, the trip becomes an extended nightmare of hilarious breakdowns, rescues, and pit stops peppered with snide comments, hurt feelings, and rivalries old and new. The present narrative is interspersed with flashbacks to Addie and Dylan's relationship and devastating breakup. Over the course of their misadventures it becomes clear that these two still love each other but have they matured enough to make it work? As with her surprise hit, The Flatshare, O'Leary expertly balances humor and heart while introducing a zany cast of 20-somethings. Though some readers may balk at the grammar (" Sorry,' me and Rodney say simultaneously"), the breezy, conversational tone fits the novel's mood. Readers won't want this crazy road trip to end. \n