Teen Librarian Recommends: Road Trip Books

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour cover

Spring break is right around the corner, so what better time to read about some road trip travelling? When you are riding in the car for a long time, these books about travel and adventure will be right in your lane. Driving? Be sure to check out some of our audiobooks to listen to while you hit the road! And if you are staying home, these books are a great escape to the open road. Be sure to check out some of these young adult novels that are sure to be quite an adventure. 

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is the story about a girl who was not excited about her summer vacation at all. After her mother makes the decision to move across the country, Amy's fear of getting behind the wheel is triggered, since that is the way her father passed away recently. She connects with her family friend, Roger, to make this trip together and learns that he also has fears and problems of his own. They both venture into uncharted territory together physically and emotionally and their bonds grow deeper than they knew was possible.  

Quenten "Q" Jacobsen has always believe his life to be boring. He is a month away from graduation and has yet to ever have any adventure. He has admired his classmate, Margo, from afar from years. One day, out of the blue, she sneaks into his room from his window and summons him to a mischievous plan at midnight. After that, she mysteriously disappears. In Paper Towns, by John Green, Q must follow the clues left behind from her to find her again and following this roadmap, he learns that she is much more than he thought she was before.   

Percy is not interested in school. His teachers are monsters, and he cannot stand being at boarding school. His mom tells him he needs to go where he belongs – Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demi-gods who are just like him. He then learns his father is none other than Poseidon, God of the Sea.  In Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, a mystery unfolds, and he and his friends are set off on an adventure that takes place all over the United States. They must travel to find out the location of the Underworld and prevent war from the gods. 

In Saving June by Hannah Harrington, Harper always considered her older sister, June, to be perfect, which is one of the many reasons that she was completely shocked after finding out June has committed suicide. Against her wishes, her divorced parents want to split her sister's ashes into two urns. Enraged, Harper takes the ashes and sets off on a cross-country adventure with her best friend, Laney, to a place she has always wanted to visit, California. With the plan in motion, Jake Tolen shows up with a bad attitude and a secret about June. With these people in tow, Harper is searching for control in her life behind the wheel.