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The Rhythm of the Road: A Novel

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The mesmerizing debut novel aboutdriving trucks, loving music, and growing up.

A truck driver's daughter who grows up in the front seat of her father's truck, Jo shares her father's love of country music, junk food, and the open highway. Jo's life is a perfect slice of Americana, except that their "open road" is in England, and her father--the gentle, melancholy Bobby Picke
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jul 12, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The Rhythm of the Road could have been a fantastic book. It is a dark, well written story about teenage Jo and her incredibly dysfunctional parents. The novel flips back and forth in time between the 1980’s when her parents first met and present day. Currently Jo lives in England with her truck driving dad while her mother is a stranger in California, known to Jo by name only. Jo travels the United Kingdom with her dad, Bobby, who suffers from severe depression (and, as a result, incredibly poor ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I don't know what to think about this adult novel.[return][return]Was I wowed by it? Yes.[return]Do I love it? Not really.[return]Did I read it in one night? Yes.[return]Am I still thinking about it? Yes.[return][return]Jo is the modern day British girl growing up with her truck-driving daddy on the road. What a strange life.[return][return]Bobby and Rosalee are Jo's parents and not exactly the parents you want to have. Rosalee leaves Jo after her birth. Bobby suffers from depression.[return][re ...more
Sep 09, 2007 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Superbly written and full of twists and turns, it is an engrossing and thought provoking novel.

This is a very British, very modern, edgy tale of a young woman trying to escape from the grim reality of her life, only to find that ultimately she cannot escape. Jo, the daughter of a trucker, becomes obsessed with a young singer and her band. When her father disappears, her obsession spirals out of control and she finds herself becoming more and more desperate. Eventually her desperation leads her t
Jan 04, 2014 Windy rated it did not like it
I slogged and plodded and only made it to page 72 before giving up. Sadly, the book just did not hold my attention in any way, shape or form.
Oct 16, 2011 Dad added it
coming of age story of an English teenage girl. She is raised by a truck driving father. Interesting story
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