Thou Shalt Not Road Trip
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When sixteen-year-old Luke's book, Hallelujah, becomes a national bestseller, his publishing house sends him on a cross-country book tour with his older brother, Matt, as chauffeur. But when irresponsible Matt offers to drive Luke's ex–soul mate, Fran, across the country too, things get a little crazy. On the trip, Luke must loosen up, discover what it truly means to have...more
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Published April 12th 2012 by Dial
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Melannie :)
Mar 15, 2012 Melannie :) is currently reading it
I looooooooooove Road Trips
and I loooooooooove Antony John!

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JUST KIDDING I AM SUPER FRIGGIN EXCITED!
Cara
I'm surprised that I ended up giving this book 2 stars. This is the author that wrote Five Flavors of Dumb which I absolutely loved. So what went wrong you say? *sigh* Too much unfortunately for this reader.

Luke has written a little book. A little book that suddenly becomes a nationwide sensation. So what do you do? Go on a book tour of course! Luke is going to do the book tour along with his older brother Matt. Some unexpected traveling buddies come up as well. Matt's long distance girlfriend...more
Trent
Must I give this book a rating? I couldn’t put it down. I can’t explain why, but trust me, that doesn’t mean this is a good book. Quite the opposite, I hate this book passionately.

Every single character was a terrible person.

Luke, the narrator was hypercritical, selfish, and annoying the entire time. His manner of speaking reflected much more closely what I’d expect from a middleschooler than the highschooler he was supposed to be. There’s a general lack of maturity and common sense on his part....more
Brian
Luke Dorsey was just a regular kid, until his book--really just some reflections he wrote at church camp--was published. Suddenly, he's the new Messiah, a modern day savior, the boy who will lead us all to salvation. His publishers love this of course, and send him on an LA to St. Louis book tour to promote his new gospel.

To complicate matters, Luke's older brother, Matt, is driving and seems pretty excited about the publisher's unlimited charge account. Even worse, Luke's ex-best friend, Fran,...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Because I loved his first book, Five Flavors of Dumb, I asked the author for an ARC of his new book, Thou Shalt Not Road Trip, and he graciously complied.

This book is about a boy named Luke who writes a best-seller Hallelujah at Bible camp, and because of his growing fame, goes on book tour. He's piloted by his older brother Matt, who just happens to bring his girlfriend, Alex, and her sister, Fran. Luke has a complicated history with Fran, and this trip just magnifies how far they've grown apar...more
Becky
Eh... I really like Five Flavors of Dumb. It was one of my favorites from last year. And I love road trip books, so I was pretty excited for this one. It was okay.
It reminded me of the Disenchantments, which also just came out and also was about a boy-girl long term friendship where the boy really liked the girl and then the girl really disappointed the guy by changing before they go on a road trip, but the girl won't explain why she changed for some reason until their road trip is over and it e...more
Inspired Kathy
Antony John just offered to send a signed ARC to a reader of my blog! Enter here: http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot....

It's been five months since I read an ARC of Thou Shalt Not. I didn't write a review at the time which is not the smartest thing to have done. However after six months I still remember the story line and characters from this book which is saying something.

Antony John's last book, Five Flavors of Dumb, was a big hit with me so I was excited to have a chance to read an early AR...more
Lauren
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip is humorous, just like Luke’s Hallelujah, but it’s also incredibly poignant. Antony John addresses so many issues that teens face within the pages, all wrapped in a totally realatable story. John makes the reader think—about what they’d do in Luke’s situation, and about their own beliefs. I love when books have the power to inspire self-examination! And through it all, John keeps the story light for the most part: there’s drama, but there’s always laughter and hope at th...more
Megan
Okay so I'm conflicted on how I feel about this book. While the author had a great idea, I don't feel like I connected with any of the characters personally, especially Luke the main character. It's no secret that Luke's best day ever was winning the debate team competition with his best friend Fran, before the book actually starts. But the as the book progresses he is constantly thrown in positions that require him to defend himself and those around him and each time i wanted to slap him becaus...more
♡ Trishalyn ♡
Dec 08, 2011 ♡ Trishalyn ♡ marked it as to-read
I juz love booooks based on road trips:DDDDDD
WOHOOOOOOO!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT:)
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Lauren
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip was a very enjoyable ride (pun not intended). I loved the characters, plot, and setting(s) more than I thought I would. What's really great about this book is the cast; I thoroughly enjoyed each character and thought they were all very realistically portrayed (unlike many contemporary novels). Luke was a sympathetic, and very relatable main protagonist whose journey of faith throughout the story was realistically portrayed. Fran was a very interesting character whose val...more
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16 year old Luke is having a hard time coping with the idea that he is a bestselling author of a book. The book titled Hallelujah was something that he wrote at Bible camp, it was never meant to be a national hit. Now he has to go on a mini book tour to promote Hallelujah. He soon finds himself on an unplanned road trip with his brother, his brothers girlfriend and her sister Fran. Fran, the girl that Luke used to love, the girl that seems to have lost her way. Adding to this uncomfortable dynam...more
Holly
I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Antony John, at a Youth Symposium in Cleveland not too long ago. In anticipation of his talk, I picked up this book from my library. It was a really fast read, good content, well-written, humorous and at times not quite what you want it to be (happy happy!). This was my first real teen read. Much of what I read is childrens novels or chick lit. I could put a synopsis of the novel here in my review, but so many have done that. Its puzzling for a while in...more
Andie Z
Originally posted on my blog, From A to Z.

I’m not really sure exactly how to review this one. I actually went back and forth about whether I should even write a review or not, but I decided to at least put some thoughts down.

It’s not that this was a bad book, by any means. It’s just that it wasn’t really for me, mainly because the story has much more of a Christian slant than I had realized. There were hints in the title and the blurb, but since I hadn’t seen it marketed as Christian fiction any...more
Ms. Yingling
Luke Dorsey was writing parables with his young group, and his were so good that the pastor managed to help him get a book published. Now, he is on the road doing book signings at a variety of Christian book stores. His agnostic brother Matt is driving, and is a little too excited about the unlimited expense account (they are in a Hummer but still staying at some dive hotels). Along the way, they pick up Matt's sometimes girlfriend Alex, and her sister Fran, in whom Luke was, although now Fran h...more
Jessi (Reading in the Corner)
After reading Antony John's Five Flavors of Dumb, I was beyond excited to get my hands on a copy of his next YA novel--Thou Shalt Not Road Trip. As a fan of novels about road trips (and let's be honest, a closet fan of standalone contemporaries), I had high expectations for this novel. While I wasn't disappointed per se, I wasn't quite as blown away with awesomeness as I expected to be (you have to understand how much I ADORED Five Flavors of Dumb).

When we first meet Luke, he's on his way to sta...more
Jessica
I'm a sucker for a road trip book so when I saw the cover for this one, I knew I had to read it. I think that due to the fact that I was strongly focused on the cover, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect with this book. The summary doesn't tell us a lot so I didn't know how focused it would be on spirituality.

Luke Dorsey is sort of an overnight success. He is very young but is already super famous among book lovers. He has difficulty dealing with this success and is mostly amazed at the way peo...more
iiLov3Yuhh!!
This book kind of...SCARED me, I guess.

Mostly it's because I also want to be a writer/author of a bestselling book some day and if I have to experience anything that Luke's had to endure in this whole book, well, then you can forget it! I'm WAY too freaked out now. The way he was treated like a celebrity and the way the things that happened around him - all the bad events and circumstances, all the judgment and the misunderstandings. It was like a lot of bad publicity and there were a lot of th...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)
~4/5 (Maybe 4.5/5)
I was hoping, even expecting, to really like this, especially because of how much I enjoyed John's second book, but then I was nervous when I found out that it was religious (which I didn't find out until I read another review, since I completely ignored the title. I was just like, Antony John['s new book]? WANT, and pre-ordered). (Which might not be surprising, if you've read this one review of mine...) I'm not too big on religion, so I was wary, and then I was surprised by ho...more
CiderandRedRot
Low on the road trip, high on the Christian angst wank, plus a clutch of characters that I either actively disliked or just didn't buy. Having had high hopes after Five Flavors of Dumb, yes, I was disappointed.

Sixteen-year-old Luke has written a humorous parable-lite, which has been picked up by the Christian masses and become an inspirational hit. (Think The Shack, but...actually, let's never mention that piece of shite again.) On a cross-country book tour with his big bro, he discovers that Ma...more
Emily M.
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Julie Cross
I really loved the book. I don't feel like I skimmed at all. And I often skim at least a little in most books. I really loved Fran and Matt. Those two were the reasons I kept reading in the beginning despite the fact that I kind of wanted to scream at Luke but I realized quickly that I'm supposed to want to do that. I think the author handled the idea of religion perfectly. It's a story that needs to be told and he added this fun, fantasy type element of a nobody teenager being granted every nob...more
kari
May 08, 2012 kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, ya
While I enjoyed this book, (I'm giving it four stars, after all)I can't say that I loved it. There was too much left out for it to completely work.
Luke, the narrator, is a wonderfully fleshed out and flawed character. He is a teenage boy and isn't quite sure that he even believes what he wrote a year earlier, but he's off on a book tour anyway. He makes mistakes, some knowing they are mistakes and some inadvertent ones as well. Yet, he is trying to do what he thinks is right or perhaps it is mor...more
Kate
I was hoping for so much more from this book. Guess I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into! When I think of a roadtrip book I think Morgan Matson's Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Nina LaCour's (amazing) The Disenchantments, or Jessi Kirby's In Honor. I love love love all of those books. Roadtrip novels should be about the sights along the way, the main character discovering himself/herself, and a little romance and fun thrown in. Thou Shalt Not Road Trip was disappointing.

One of the main...more
Barbara
When Hallelujah, the book he wrote chronicling his spiritual journey when he was fifteen, starts selling and gaining attention, sixteen-year-old Luke's publisher sends him on a publicity tour. The only catch is that Matt, Luke's older brother, will be responsible for getting him to the book signing venues on time, and Matt has his own agenda involving his girlfriend Alex. Matt rents a Hummer which he navigates along Route 66. The fact that Fran, a girl on whom Luke once had a crush, comes along...more
Rachael Woohoo
For more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!

When you look at the cover of Thou Shalt Not Road Trip, what kind of book do you think you'll get? A road trip, just full of fun and wit? At first glance, that was what I thought I would get, along with the "authenticity" I was hoping for. Unfortunately, mostly because of the characters, I found that this novel was lacking of the fun I had with his previous novel that I LOVED, Five Flavors of Dumb.

To an extent, you do get what the blurb...more
Shanna Hurd
Sixteen your old Luke Dorsey has written a Christian self-help best-seller, and now he is going on a book tour to support it. His older brother has volunteered to drive him along the way, but failed to tell Luke that they were going to have two extra people along for the trip. One of them in Matt's girlfriend, Alex, and the other is Alex's little sister (and Luke's ex-crush) Fran. Matt takes them on detour after detour, causing a lot of stress as Luke is late to book signings and forced to spend...more
Isamlq
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip starts out all clever and funny in the lead’s book and the humor with which he presents his brand of faith, BUT things shift, there’s less and less humor and more and more instances of the narrowness of his views (all their views, in fact) and even an the overly-simple way in how almost everyone sees certain things/ people. So this became less clever and funny, mainly because liking the lead became more and more difficult with each page of him doing what he was doing. Fr...more
Kathy
What do you get when you take a trip on The Mother Road with a teen Christian author, a rebellious teenage girl, and a couple facing a crossroads in their relationship? You get another wonderful read by Antony John entitled "Thou Shalt Not Road Trip."

John takes us on a book tour with Luke Dorsey who has just read one of the most recent top selling Christian books - "Hallelujah." Due to a conflict in schedules with Luke's publisher, Luke's brother Matt is put in charge of making sure Luke complet...more
Jordan
This book was amazing, there were some disappointments though. I know I was not on the Young Adult Christian Aisle at my local B&N, but I was positive there was going to be some serious Coming to Jesus with this book.

The characters were witty, but dull at times. I had to walk away from the book for an hour just to get to the next chapter. The basis of the book was amazing, but the ending fell flat. It’s. A. Romance. I know a grown man wrote this, but I do not understand why the book ended t...more
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