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Once Upon a Road Trip by [Blount, Angela N.]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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About the Author

Award-winning author Angela N. Blount is a Minnesota native, transplanted to the deep South--where she currently resides with her understanding husband, their two children, and a set of identity-confused cats. She is a former book reviewer for RT Book Reviews, a memoirist, freelance editor, sporadic poet, and webcomic artist. In her spare time, Angela enjoys reading, coffee shop loitering, questionable attempts at horticulture, and all things geeky.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3831 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Artifice Press (30 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E91R8NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #671,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the first memoir I have read, I had previously had a vague idea on what a memoir was, but this had certainly cleared things up for me and I will definitely read more in the future.

The memoir is about a teen-aged Angela Blount as a fresh out of high school student who has no idea what to do with her life. She embarks on a journey to find herself through the adventure of a road trip. My reactions to Angie’s road trip was at first: “Is this girl crazy?” and I couldn’t understand why she would want to do that, I’d always wanted to go on a road trip, but with friends, not on my own. As I read on, I then understood it was a trip of self discovery which was a thing needed to do in solitude.
Angie’s character-to me- was incredibly down to earth and a strong hearted Christian which good morals, Blount made her teen-aged self very relatable to me. She was also a drifter through her high school life, like myself she wasn't fully involved in school life and naturally, she was also curious and seemed sort of lost but aware that she was in search of something she was missing. Again like myself she is a questioner, questioning the relevance of some school subjects which teach you next to nothing about the real world. This is all we learn in the chapters before her road trip, we do learn little things about her friend and family but nothing else. Her introduction seemed incomplete, the same with how she felt at the beginning, a brilliant technique Blount has used there to show her uncertainty about herself.

During the first parts of her journey, I learn of how observant and perceptive Angie is at her age, revealing her intelligence and maturity at such an age (17), I know many girls at her age that aren't half as intelligent Angie seems to come across as.
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ONCE UPON A ROAD TRIP was an interesting take on memoir as the author wrote about her road trip during the summer after high school as a coming of age fictionalised account using her real life events as the plot. It made the reading experience all the more captivating as you knew it was based in fact and these characters were real.

Angeli has always felt like an outsider and like many teens has taken to the online community to connect with others like her. Cultivating those friendships she plans a road trip through America and Canada as she tries to figure out her next move, planning on staying with her online friends in the towns on her route. It was fascinating to see how that aspect of the plan played out and how deep or shallow those friendships turned out to be in person. It took me a while to settle in whilst reading this book. The writing style was interesting, there was almost a detachment to it at first and it felt a bit clinical but as I got to know the characters a bit better it considerably warmed which added to the realism of the book as it reminded me of meeting people in real life and the awkwardness as you stumble around trying to make a connection as differing personalities bond and clash.

Angeli was an interesting character, I found her to be kind but oddly abrasive at times especially in her judgements about other people. Her saving grace however was the fact that she caught herself when making those judgements and accepting her opinions weren't always meant to be shared. Intelligent with a strong sense of faith I did connect with her by the end of the book and really felt I had a sense of who she was and why she made the choices she did.
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I am very grateful to have received a copy of Once Upon a Road Trip from the author.

At 18, Angeli doesn't really know what she wants to do with her life. So plucking up her courage she embarks on a road trip, stopping with people that she met on the internet (and vetted!) Only planning how to get there and when, Angeli encounters challenges at almost every stop, whether that is facing the idea of falling in love, how to tell a friend she's worried about them or that she has simply got lost.

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First of all, before I read this book, the author did 'warn' me that rather than a traditional travel book, Once Upon a Road Trip had a certain fiction feel to it. And I agree, in places it does. Despite this being a non-fiction book, and based upon true events, the flow is like that of a story. Though I admit, this may not be for everyone, I loved it! It made the book easy to read, and exciting.

I also liked the fact that after each 'section' of fiction like writing, there were actual quotes from Angela's travel journal, meaning that you got the notes that the book was written off. Even in these sections, which were written when the author was younger, you can see the talent for writing. The book, and both sections just flow so easily and well.

I think that Blount has managed to capture people's personalities really well, if this was fiction then I would have said that her characters had a real depth, but as it isn't, it just means that she has painted a caricature with words that is both believable and three dimensional.

I absolutely loved this book, and if anyone has never read a travel book before, then I think that Once Upon a Road Trip could easily bridge the gap between fiction, and non-fiction.

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