Saturday, July 7, 2012

Runnin' Down a Dream: YA/MG Road Trip Romance

It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down
I had the radio on, I was drivin'
Trees flew by, me and Del were singin' little Runaway
I was flyin'
               --Tom Petty, "Runnin' Down a Dream"
(Photos by Goodreads; summaries by Follett Titlewave)
Back When You Were Easier to Love (Emily Wing Smith)

When her boyfriend Zan leaves high school in Utah a year early to attend Pitzer College, a broken-hearted Joy and Zan's best friend Noah take off on a road trip to California seeking "closure."

In Honor (Jessi Kirby)

Three days after she learns that her brother Finn died serving in Iraq, Honor receives a letter from him asking her to drive his car from Texas to California for a concert, and when his estranged best friend shows up suddenly and offers to accompany her, they set off on a road trip that reveals much about all three of them.

Kiss the Morning Star (Elissa Janine Hoole)

The summer after high school graduation and one year after her mother's tragic death, Anna and her long-time best friend Kat set out on a road trip across the country, armed with camping supplies and a copy of Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums, determined to be open to anything that comes their way.

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip (Antony John)

Sixteen-year-old Luke Dorsey is sent on a cross-country tour to promote his bestselling spiritual self-help guide accompanied by his agnostic older brother and former girlfriend Fran, from whom he learns some things about salvation.

Saving June (Hannah Harrington)

Harper Scott's life changes forever after her sister, June, commits suicide, but when a mysterious boy who seems to have known June better than anyone knew insists on joining Harper and her best friend on their impromptu road trip to take June's ashes to California, life takes an interesting turn.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (Morgan Matson)

After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt. Read review.

Crash Into Me (Albert Borris)

Four suicidal teenagers go on a "celebrity suicide road trip," visiting the graves of famous people who have killed themselves, with the intention of ending their lives in Death Valley, California.

Wherever Nina Lies  (Lynn Weingarten)

Two years after the disappearance of her older sister, sixteen-year-old Ellie goes on a quest, with help from her attractive and adventurous new friend, to find her.

Tripping (Heather Waldorf)

Eleventh-grader Rainey and five other students embark on a cross-country field trip that will change her life forever as she discovers her true calling, learns the truth about her mother, who abandoned her years earlier, and begins a new relationship with a fellow classmate.

An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart (Deb Caletti)

In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love, and in the process, learn many things about "the real ties that bind" people to one another.

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Maureen Johnson)

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

Return to Paradise (Simone Elkeles)

Sequel to Leaving Paradise. Caleb leaves Paradise in an effort to avoid dealing with the aftermath of Maggie's accident, but he and Maggie are reunited when they both join a program for teens affected by reckless driving, and Maggie tries to convince Caleb to return to Paradise and face the truth. Read review.

Getting Lost With Boys (Hailey Abbott)

Cordelia Parker's summer plans turn into a wild road trip when Jacob Stein offers to be her travel companion from San Diego to northern California.

Guitar Highway Rose (Brigid Lowry)

Two fifteen-year-olds, Rosie and Asher, upset over the various unhappy circumstances of their lives in the Australian city of Perth, decide to run away.


  1. So glad I found this blog--love how you categorize the books by subject! I can't tell you how much trouble I had searching online for YA historical--could have used a post like this ;)

  2. Thanks, Jessica! I started the blog for that exact reason!


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