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Brit has had her driver’s license only 11 days when her parents drop her off to stay at her grandmother’s house for two weeks while they go on vacation. Little do they know Brit is headed for a three-state road trip with Nannie to pick up her college roommates, Florence, Aurelia, and Daisy, and bring them to their alma mater for their 65th—and most likely final—reunion.

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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I was a few pages from the end of the book and ready to give it 4 stars, do a happy dance that it all turned out okay, and call it a day. But nooooo! It's like getting into a movie and then right at the end when everything starts to calm down and you're getting to the conclusion...the screen goes black and the end credits start rolling. You're left there thinking, "What? Is that the ending? Really??". It didn't feel like it really ended. The book did have a sense of finality, but the kind you g...more
Mediocre. Exciting story but way too much internal waffling. Should I? Shouldn't I? Let's just think about it for several pages.
Laura bayfield
i chose to read "hit the road" written by Caroline B.Cooney after my older sister recommended it to me while i was bored with nothing to do. I agree with my sisters review on this book. It was exciting, unpredictable and thrilling.

Hit the road completes the category of a book recommended by a member of your family. This book really suited me because it was adventure cased. my sister gave the me very high expectations of the book and i believe her review was bang on.

my favourite quote in hit the...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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If you want to read one of the most hilarious books of the summer, then you definitely need to pick up a copy of HIT THE ROAD by Caroline B. Cooney. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard, or so often, while reading a book. If you've always believed that people over the age of eighty are nothing but dried up old husks of their former selves, then you need to meet the Buttermeres: Nannie Rawlings, Florence Mirsky, Aurelia Alan, and Daisy Ferrer. And th...more
Caroline B. Cooney has been churning out fun reads for YA for decades. Hit the Road is just another awesome summer read in a long line of good summer reads. The plot is fairly simple - 16 year old Brit is dropped off at her grandmother's house while her parents leave for an Alaskan cruise. Shortly after her parents pull out of the driveway, a large GMC Safari van pulls in. Nannie, Brit's grandmother, has decided that they are off to kidnap her college roommate who has been put in a nursing home...more
Sep 13, 2010 Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2006
ages 10+ W

hen 16 year old Brittany's parents go on an Alaskan cruise, she's supposed to stay with her 86 year old grandmother, Nannie. Little does she know that Nannie has plans up her sleeve to rescue one of her old college roommates - known as 'the girls' - from a nursing home. Armed with an 11 day old drivers license and a rented van, Nannie and Brit are ready to take the ride of their lives. Charming at first. One note 'villain', deus ex machina resolution, abrupt ending - would have liked t...more
I read this book for a YA literature class, and I chose it because it is up for a Beehive Award. How this got onto that list, I'll never know. The author's style is annoying and just doesn't flow; the plot doesn't get interesting until the last 50 pages and doesn't get resolved until the last 3 pages; the characters don't really have any growth (maybe until the last sentence of the book). The concept is quite cute, but the execution is painful.
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
The only bad thing about Hit The Road was that it was so fast moving I couldn't stop to think. I raced through the ending so fast, I had to read it over next day. I may read the whole thing over tomorrow.

Ever liked a movie so much that you stayed seated and watched it a second time? For me, as an adult, yes--Revenge Of The Nerds. And that's the way this book struck me. The driving scenes are hilarious--nearly getting smeared by a semi at seventy miles-per-hour; lanes that narrow down so dramati...more
Faith Snyder
I thought this book was going to be a bit funnier and would have the typical jokes of old age, the best joke of the book was when Flo was giving directions to Brit and points out her Doctor's office. I feel like there was more that could of been done and it fell short. I did however like the plot of the book I just felt as though it was rushed and the whole idea of the road trip being the main focus of the title and cover of the book was pushed aside. We never fully did get to see the completion...more
What happens when you mix up four ancient ladies and one newly licensed sixteen-year-old driver? Find out in this hilarious road adventure when Brittany Bowman and her eighty-six-old grandmother, Nannie hit the road from Connecticut to Maine to attend Nannie’s college reunion with the girls from the Buttermere dorm.

They’ve been going to “Reunion” every year since graduation and nothing is going to stop them from attending this year either, even if they have to kidnap one of their friends from a...more
I do like Caroline Cooney's books. Her characters are usually believable and captivating. This book is no exception. 16-year-old Brit has been left with her grandmother,Nannie, whom she loves dearly, while her parents are on vacation, and they have taken the family car with them. This is a sentence equaling total boredom to a girl who just got her driver's license. Nannie will be no help because Brit's mother has determined that Nannie is incompetent and not only took away her car, but cut up he...more
Savannah S
When Brit's parents drop her off at her grandmother's house, Brit expects a boring stay at her grandmother's house. Instead she gets a road trip with 4 old ladies. She chauffeurs the ladies all around New England and to their college Reunion. When the girls go to pick up one of the 4, they come across a problem. She is in a nursing home and they have to kidnap her to take her with them. When they do they come across problems with the ladies son wanting to get her back to the nursing home. What w...more
Caroline B. Cooney's latest novel, HIT THE ROAD, is without a doubt one of the funniest books I've ever read. Britanny is in for quite a surprise when she arrives at her grandmother's house to 'babysit' her while her parents are on an Alaskan vacation. You see, Nannie has plans of her own--none of which include staying home and watching tv--so Brit, relunctantly at first, joins her schemes little knowing how those adventures would change her life.

The plan? To pick up her former college roomates...more
Edy Gies
I loved this book and I thought the author's insights into what it meant to be old were very meaningful. The thought of reaching the point where I am no longer allowed to make my own decisions is terrifying. Cooney kept the story moving with Brit, who I found to be a very believable teenager, and created a very engaging narrative. Some of the reviewers have been disappointed with the ending but I thought it helped make the point of the book. It was never about getting to Reunion, but was about f...more
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Dec 11, 2012 Erica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 13-25
Brit has had her license for only a few days when her parents go away and leave her with her grandmother. Unbeknownst to Brit's parents, her grandmother had a very secret plan for that weekend: to go to her reunion to meet up with college girlfriends and rescue one of them from an old folk's home for those with dementia that her "evil" son placed her in. Brit is not only an inexperienced driver, she finds the whole plan to be kind of outrageous, kind of annoying, and kind of intimidating...

I act...more
Im crying! Tears of joy! What a wonderful, brilliantly written, feel good book!! Even though they cursed twice (pg 87) That was the only annoying thing. And that I wished it was longer! Such funny bantor of 86 year olds! So amusing! While Brit was facing anxiety about driving, I was right along with her, terrified about crashing. While she was face to face with an evil son, I was on the sidelined silently cheering for her. I would have liked to see Daisy (another gem?) But I still loved the stor...more
The good news: Brit just got her drivers' license. The not-so-good news: She is carless. Until she winds up chauffeuring her elderly Nannie and two old college friends to a last college reunion. Trouble is Aurelia's evil son (he's about 60 years old) places her in an assisted living facility, cancels her credit cards, and enlists doctors to keep her over-medicated, all in an effort to inherit his mother's millions before she dies.The "girls" including Brit, hatch a clever scheme to kidnap Aureli...more
the book that i did for my second A.R. is called hit the road. I think that this book was a little complicated. I think it was because it was hard to tell what was going on during some parts of the book.
The girl in the story is really energetic about getting her drivers license.Her parents dont't think that she can prosper at bein a good driver so her parents won't let her get her license. i rated the book that i liked it because it was a thrilling story about a girl whose grandma thinks she is...more
This book was one of those books that gets you emotionally. I laughed, I got caught in the suspense, I sympathized with them. I really enjoyed it. This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Cooney has shown some versatility with this. And it made me think about the treatment of older ones. In the book they deserved more respect than they got, and I can see how that happens in real life. It really showed how you shouldn't count someone out because they're older. It moved me.

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Madeleine J
In this book, Brit Bowman, a junior in high school who is forced into staying with her grandmother for two weeks. Then her grandmother immediately rents a car and tries to drive. Failing, she asks Brit to drive her to meet up with her friends for their reunion. Nannie reveals that one of their friends is trapped in an Alzheimer's treatment facility. Brit tries to decide if she is doing the right thing or not, but sooner the plot gets darker than an old ladies' college reunion road trip. I liked...more
Fisher S
I didnt really like this book.
Diana Martinez
The book was about Brit who is a teenage girl who has had her drives license for a couple of weeks. She was left with her grandmother for two weeks while her parents went to a trip to Alaska. Brit's grandmother's name is Nannie and she is planing to have her reunion with her best friends from college. Nannie can not drive because she had her drivers license taken away from her so Brit has to drive to far away places to practically kidnap Nannie's friend who is in a retirement home and is not all...more
Brit thinks she's staying with Nannie while her parents are in Alaska, but Nannie has other plans. her 65th college reunion is coming up, and she and her 3 roommates, Flow, Aurelia, and Daisy are going. Brit has only had her license for 11 days, yet she finds herself driving across several states to pick old ladies up, and stage a kidnapping of Aurelia from her nursing home and her evil son who just wants his mother's money. Everyone is counting on Brit, and she is feeling a little overwhelmed....more
Aug 18, 2010 Renee added it
Shelves: new, read-2010
I ended up not liking the book as much as I thought I would. It started off great, a reluctant heroine, a group of spunky old ladies and a road trip. But the author got distracted from the great story she had there and had to make it melodramatic and it went downhill from there. I wish the book had been about Brit chauffering "the girls" to the reunion and learning a few life lessons along the way. That would have been a better and more enjoyable book.
Diana Martinez
It was an interasting book to read. Brit has to stay with her grandmomther, Nannie, when her parents go on a 2-week vacation to Alaska. Her grandmother was planing to go to a reunion she has with her college friends. Her grandmother is not alloewd to drive because Brit's mother thinks she is too old to drive. Nannie rents a car and has Brit, who has had her drivers licence for two week drive to pick up her friends and head out to they're reunion.
WCPL Teens
Brit was looking forward to spending her summer hanging out with her friends; instead, she has to look after her grandmother while her parents go on vacation. What she doesn't know is that her grandmother and her friends have plans to kidnap their old college roommate from her nursing home and attend their college reunion, and Brit becomes the (illegal) designated driver. What follows is a humorous tale of friendship and family.
Cooney is always a fun author to read. I liked the parallels between how children are treated and how elderly adults end up getting treated--like they can't make their own decisions.
Brit isn't Cooney's best character, and I don't think I ever would have related to her that well, even when I was a teen, yet I admire her. So the book was worth the few hours it took to read.
Amy Carr
This is one of the nominees in the Young Adult category for this year's Beehive Book Awards. I thought the story line was compelling but the actual writing was pretty linear and flat. I think it is SUCH a tragedy to have a great premise for a story and then not see it flesh out. I did stay up WAY too late last night finishing it because I was compelled to see how it ended.
Holly Williams
Hit the road explains the story of a girl who is stuck with her grandma over break. Her grandma can't drive and is practically controlled by Brit's parents. So Brit doesn't expect to have much fun. The story tells of Brit and her grandmothers adventure of driving around the state to pick up her grandmas friends and take them to their reunion.
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
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