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Thou Shalt Not Road Trip

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  617 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Dial (first published April 1st 2012)
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Melannie :)
Mar 15, 2012 Melannie :) is currently reading it
I looooooooooove Road Trips
and I loooooooooove Antony John!


Am I excited?


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
Inspired Kathy
Jan 13, 2015 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011

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 ARC of Thou Shalt Not. I've been on a similar Road Trip when I graduated from High School. My trip was seven weeks long and
Sep 23, 2012 Trent rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 05, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
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,
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Apr 07, 2012 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 06, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
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
Oct 25, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok
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
Apr 29, 2014 Abby rated it it was ok
I picked up at the library this afternoon, thinking that it would be a fun romance. Instead, I ended up with a boring story that left me kind of disturbed in some places.
First of all, as a Christian who reads Christian lit on occasion, the Christian theme felt mocking. I mean, I can hold my own and not get offended, but the way the characters felt comfortable calling others weak in the faith when they were so willing to give it up and pick it back up when convenient was pretty insulting.
The sit
Oct 12, 2014 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Okay. So this book took me by surprise. I'm mostly surprised that I liked it so much, for a few reasons.

1. It was sort of a Christian book. I mean, it wasn't trying to convert the readers or anything, but the main character and several of the side characters were Christians, some devoutly so. And most Christian fiction is at least subtly (but not really subtly) preachy.

2. Luke was kind of a tool throughout most of the novel.

3. Most Christian fiction is just genuinely horrible.

Despite these thing
Jul 17, 2014 Riki rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Luke has written a runaway bestseller novel titled Hallelujah, that has worked its way into the hearts of the nation. When his publishing house sends him on a cross-country book tour, his publicist has a prior engagement and decides that Luke’s older brother Matt will chauffer. Irresponsible and reckless Matt has ulterior motives for the trip, and Luke is less than pleased to find out that Matt’s girlfriend and her younger sister will be joining them, since the little sister is ...more
♡ Trishalyn ♡
Dec 08, 2011 ♡ Trishalyn ♡ marked it as to-read
I juz love booooks based on road trips:DDDDDD
Derrick College
Sep 12, 2015 Derrick College rated it really liked it
it kept me wanting to know what's next.. but it isn't one of my favorites... Luke is a hypocrite who soon realizes that's exactly what he is.. he tries to fix things with Fran.. his " Changed " friend...I don't see how his book could've been "THAT GOOD" that EVERYWHERE HE WENT Luke was bombarded by fans.. I liked his brother Matt's " little detours " but I think he was just bad luck.. Luke's friend has issues and you learn why and I don't really get why Alex was there... just to fill up space an ...more
Marina Schulz
This was disappointing. From the author of "Five Flavors of Dumb", which I simply loved, here comes the tale of Luke, a christian boy, who becomes a famous, bestselling, author due to writing about.. God. Somehow he's in high demand, and must travel the country in a book tour, and chooses to do so on a roadtrip with his brother, Matt, who brings his girlfriend, Alex, and her sister, Fran. Only problem is, Luke used to love Fran, until she changed her style and become distant from everything, tha ...more
July 2, 2015

After much deliberation, I've decided to demote this from 4 stars to 3. The fact that I couldn't even remember the main character's name two weeks after I read it validated that I don't like it nearly as much as I thought I did.

June 12, 2015

This book should not be called Thou Shalt Not Road Trip. It should be called Everything That Could Possibly Go Wrong on a Road Trip Without Actually Dying. XD

Lately, I've had trouble deciding how to rate books, and this one is certainly no excepti
BAYA Librarian
Aug 13, 2012 BAYA Librarian rated it liked it

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
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
Ms. Yingling
Apr 06, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
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
Jan 29, 2012 Jessi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-sophomores
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
Mar 09, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Maria - (STOP adding me to [roleplaying] groups; even if i accept, i will NOT participate!)
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
Judy (Geeky Reading)
Apr 22, 2012 Judy (Geeky Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, favorites
~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
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
Emily M.
May 24, 2012 Emily M. rated it really liked it
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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
May 08, 2012 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2012
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
Aug 08, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, arcs
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
May 05, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
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
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Antony John was born in England and raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips, obscure British comedies, and ABBA's Greatest Hits. In a fit of teenage rebellion, he decided to pursue a career in classical music, culminating in a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Duke University. Along the way, he worked as an ice cream seller on a freezing English beach, a tour guide in the Netherlands, a ...more
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