open-road-summer

  • Page Count: 352
  • Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads book description:

Open Road Summer After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.


My Thoughts:

3stars

I was really into the first 1/3 of this book and thought I’d give it 5 stars for sure, but the main character really ruined it for me. I almost want to give it 2 stars after the ending.

Reagan’s best friend Dee is a country singer so she goes on tour with her for the summer. It’s basically like Taylor Swift + her best friend Abigail, and their friendship was easily my favorite part of this book. Then this Joe Jonas figure joins the scene as the opening act and a cute story unfolds. Actually, no… the potential for a cute story is set up.

Reagan’s mom left her when she was little, her dad had a drinking problem, and she’s made a series of bad choices with abusive boyfriends, skipping school, drinking, etc. I couldn’t really relate to her, but that’s fine… that’s not going to hurt the story for me or anything. It was her attitude that ruined it.

I made a lot of excuses for Reagan’s behavior in the beginning, but then it just got to be too much. She was extremely self-righteous, judgmental, petty, and “isn’t most girls.” The amount of girl hate and slut shaming in this book is completely absurd. Literally the ONLY girl she can think nice things about is Dee. Reagan read like a forced stereotype of a “tough girl” but was mostly just a straight up bitch…. there’s really no way to put it nicely. The ending was so bad that I almost quit reading just to be done with her behavior. The drama with the guy was just the most ridiculously cliche situation possible.

It’s a shame that the main character was so immature and unpleasant, because I absolutely loved Dee and the guy! So that’s unusual that I was way more attached to the secondary characters than the main one.

Otherwise, the writing was good but not much happened in the plot in terms of events. If you take away Reagan’s drama then it’s mostly a road trip to various tour stops. But I really love road trips, so that made a lot of scenes worth the read!

I think in the end I liked the idea of the book more than what it turned into.

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