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Book Review: Fork in the Road

Updated: May 3, 2023

Three friends fresh from school have set off in a beat up pick up to wander around the U.S. on that most sacred of rites of passage: the great American road trip. The truck stops with huge portions and great food. The economy motels complete with dodgy air conditioning. The random roadside attractions.  And, of course, the bonding.

There’s rules, of course, rules which are compounded by the fact that Ella and Austin are starting to feel something more toward their friend, Daniel. More than they should. And that’s definitely going to break a whole heap of rules.

So, I liked this book. And I really like the cover. The trio in the rear view mirror… *chef’s kiss*.  Love it.

So why only four stars? Because there were things that I didn’t love. First, it wasn’t really clear why they were on the roadtrip… there were some hints it was to escape a bad event in the past but it wasn’t gone into or resolved. Second, and most importantly, the rules were never spelled out. I kept going “What Rules!” when it was brought up. And that’s a problem. If you’re going to break the rules, then it needs to be stated just what said rules are.

What I liked the most was that it did capture the reality of being on the road. The endless miles of nothing peppered with farms, fields, and depending on where you are forests. The sameness of the hotels/motels. America is huge. And beautiful. But also huge. And there are places where you can literally see the curvature of the earth as you drive along the flat expanse of the Great Plains.

I also really loved the equal triad. It’s rare enough in romance that anything that does it well is to be applauded. While I would have liked more build up to it, it still was a refreshing read.

All in all, it was a good read.

Four Stars

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