Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Traffic Jam” as Want to Read:
Traffic Jam
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Traffic Jam

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  36 reviews
When you’re caught in traffic, you’ve got nowhere to go…

Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident
Paperback, First, 300 pages
Published May 26th 2012 by Black Opal Books (first published May 23rd 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Traffic Jam, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Traffic Jam

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.22  · 
Rating details
 ·  51 ratings  ·  36 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling

I was given a copy of Traffic Jam as part of Melissa Groeling: Traffic Jam blog tour, not really knowing what to expect as I had never heard of the book or author, I will say that I am sure glad I said yes to the request. Melissa Groeling’s writing is very good, the story flows extremely well, it’s one of those books that you just don’t want to put down until you can figure out what is going on. As the story starts to unravel you start to feel for Val and hope she
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Traffic Jam is one of those books where you are not quite sure how it is going to end. Though the book was relatively short, there was plenty of drama and suspense to keep you interested. The book followed Val, a teenage girl who is a bit of a loner. I think a lot of teenage girls could understand Val. She fought with her sister, fought with her best friend, was too shy to tell a guy she liked him, and she kept secrets. However, she proves to everyone that, though at a shy and awkward age, when ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Note : I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Frankly, I assumed this was a completely different genre of story when I requested this book. I had expectations that were quickly thrown out the window.

Whoa. Human trafficking. That is not a topic that many YA authors would ever consider. I'm not sure exactly where the author is from, but it is a topic that is often overlooked in the US, and is a lot more serious and large scale than many would ever think. I think the
Ravenz Reviews
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't quite sure when I began this book if I would like it or not. By the end of it, I Loved It!!! This book is geared towards the teen/YA genre but I really think that any age group would love this book as much as I did. I really tried to finish it all in one day, but I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, but the minute I woke up, I was right back on my Nook because I HAD to know what Sam had gotten herself mixed up in. Wow! Just wow!

Val is a 16yr old ordinary girl whose not popular
Faye, la Patata
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow, that was an absolutely amazing read. I think this book is one of the very few that made my heart almost burst out of anxiety and suspense, and one of the few Young Adult novels (that isn't YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy) that I really, really like. I finished it just 5 minutes ago and I just had to start writing my review now while my feelings are still raw!

The plot was very suspenseful and terrifying. I'm actually quite surprised to see it in a Young Adult novel, considering it's a very touchy and sens
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Val’s family has been forced to give up so much of their life. After her father loses his job of seventeen years the family of five must give up their comfortable suburban home and move into a small three bedroom apartment in the city. Val’s mother works long hours at a local bakery, while her father searches for work. It doesn’t help that Val and her sister Sam are complete opposites, while Sam is the outgoing, b
kariny v
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*free copy from author*


This book has a very serious subject of human trafficking. I didn't really expect it because the synopsis doesn't give any clue whatsoever and i've never read a YA book like that.

Sam is the popular girl at school. Val is the nerdy type. Their family has been going through loads of stress and financial problems, add that to extreme sibling fight and you've got a disaster zone! That being said, i really loved this book. Val was an amazing protagonist and no matter h
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
*review copy provided by the author*

It was an okay read for me. Not the best contemporary I ever read but I would recommend it to some people. It does go into some serious topics so you need to be prepared for what is to come. Full review soon to be on my blog.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Traffic Jam is full of mystery and intrigue friendship and teenage angst . Let me introduce you Val a shy high school student who like everyone else has trouble talking to boys . Is an over achiever in school and sometimes just wants to blend into the background . She has an older sister and a younger brother . Her dad is a out of job and her mom works too long and too hard . Until the day she sees her sister come home with bruising all over in a barely there dress . She is sucked into a world ...more
Mona williams
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it took me awhile to figure out what this book was really about. it had me on my edge of my seat towards the end of the book. plus was kinda shocked too. she is getting a wierd feeling about her sister since she has ipods and other new things after her dad lost his job. this could get her into serious trouble.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting YA book. I enjoyed the drama, suspense, and intrigue. Val realizes her sister is into something that could get her killed and she needs to help her. Lots of character growth and development that really helped me live the book
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling was a powerful story with a lesson to learn. The story follows main protagonist Val Delton who is a bit of a loner who only has one really good friend, Allison. Val's father has recently lost his job and they have had to move to an apartment smack bang in the centre of town where it is noisy all the time and she has to share a room with her younger brother as there is very little space.

Val has an older sister called Sam who she doesn't get on with. They are total
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ebook: Traffic Jam
Author: Melissa Groeling
This review may contain spoilers
I bought this on Amazon,
When you’re caught in traffic, you’ve got nowhere to go…
Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she unco
Jennifer LaFon - Book Bitches Blog
Looking for a YA novel with a kick?? I was asked to read and review Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling and to be honest, YA suspense is not my genre. But I went into it with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised!!

Traffic Jam is a story about some extremely intense life situations. Melissa touches on family dynamics, high school drama and HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Yes, I said human trafficking and I never expected that one either!! I kept thinking throughout the story, how is she going to pull this of
Kaitlin Bevis
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The world echoed, faded, and went dark"

First, what an awesome line! Sorry, writer fan girl moment. Back to serious review stuff.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up Traffic Jam. This was not my happy young adult world of cool powers, and romantic relationships (though there is a bit of romance). This was a much darker, much more realistic place that we all like to pretend doesn't exist.

Groeling writes dread well. I read this book with baited breath and a twisted stomach, terr
S.L. Hoyte
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it

Melissa Groeling
Black Opal Books (2012)
ISBN 9781937329471
Reviewed by Arianna Violante for Reader Views (02/16)

“Traffic Jam” by Melissa Groeling is the story of a teenager named Val, who has to make a very difficult decision when she uncovers her sister’s secret. Val’s family is going through a tough time. Her dad lost his job and her mom is putting in double time to try to make ends meet. They have to downsize to an apartment, and things are tight in money and space. This makes the in
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: valerie

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie

I became interested in Traffic Jam right when I read the synopsis because of the main character’s name. Yup, my name is Valerie too, although I typically go by Valerie.

The summary isn’t very clear on what the plot focuses on. Traffic Jam is about a very prevalent issue today, human trafficking. It’s about the stories of the many girls who get lured into it, the pain from suffering, and the silence that everyone gives.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it

Many books serve the purpose of enjoyment and an escape from the hassles surrounding everyday life. Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling, however, falls into a different category. Certainly it pulled me away from everyday life and I enjoyed reading it, but it also managed to make me think. A book which manages to massage the brains cells is a welcomed change; especially a book within the Young Adult genre. Val Delton is the book’s heroine. No she does not have special powers or unbelievable physical
Laurentiu Lazar
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This was better than I expected and the theme of this YA novel is quite unique: Human Trafficking!. Simple writing, full of emotion and straight to the point,not fooling around with unnecessary explanations.

What I didn't like is Allison,since her character was out of reach, with no point in being in this story whatsoever. So, she was Val's best friend,appears early on in a couple of chapters after that... puff she vanishes! Except that she materializes again in the last chapters. (view spoiler)
Danielle Annett
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
So first and foremost I loved the story line. It kept me as a reader interested and made reading this book a breeze. The subject matter was intense at times and I really liked that I did NOT know how the story was really going to unfold until I got to the end and everything started happening, can we say Climax! Its was great, I would tell you more but I don't want to ruin the story for you! The book is a bit dramatic but in a good way though it did have some unnecessary teenage rambling at times ...more
Brandy Nacole
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Melissa Groeling did an amazing job on taking me for an emotional ride. Traffic Jam is a YA novel filled with mystery, suspense, teenage drama, and friendship.

I'll be honest here, that's what I'm suppose to do right? At first, I didn't much care for Val. Val is the main character that we follow through this gripping novel. Val is a bit of a loner with one friend, many worries, and a sister, Sam, who is the total opposite of Val. At first, I didn't like Val because of what I perceived as childis
Tiana Lemons
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing and had a lot of suspension. When I was in the middle, I kept wondering, "what was Sam up to?". The main character is COMPLETELY likable because I totally agree with her. HIGH SCHOOL IS HELL. And losing a friend, that has just happened to me recently (although I'm not really mourning). This is probably one of the best book that I have ever read. At first I was a bit confused because I was also reading Fahrenheit 451 at the same time, which got me confused, but I ended up ig ...more
Francesca Dell
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all teenagers, teenage girls
Shelves: r2r, stand-alones
This is a very powerful and compelling story, which was written brilliantly. There are many lessons to learn in this book as it is very deep and emotional. The author successfully looks into the darker sides of human nature leaving the reader grasping their seat in anticipation of what is going to happen next.

What is so interesting about this story is that it told from the point of view of Val, who is the younger sister of Sam. Val is a normal teenage girl who is a bit of an outsider and is very
T.B. Markinson
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This is the second book I’ve read by Melissa Groeling. And I have to say she’s quickly winning me over. This book is a quick read, but it has lots going on. There were plenty of twists and turns and the suspense had me guessing the entire time. I really had no clue as to how it would end. The writing is great, the story moves along at the right pace, and the author has done a wonderful job capturing the young adult voice. Once I got into the novel, it was hard for me to put it down until the end ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Traffic Jam is a well paced story, The story is not only believable, but educational. As we read and get engrossed we will learn about Family, Loss and Trust, all very important topics for as all.

Sam is the main character, she is introduced and developed extremely well. I found myself getting right behind her, and feeling her shyness, fear and what ever. The book is full of some interesting surprises and changes throughout, making it a book you wouldn't want to put down. If you love a mystery, y
Alannah Clarke
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I feel like it has been so long since I read a book as gripping as this. I was so gripped with this novel, I could almost feel my stomach sinking with dread. It's really well written for a first book, the characters are greatly developed as well as the story-line, it just made want to go on and on. I really liked the main character Val, she was a headstrong girl which can make good novels.

I don't think I have ever read anything quite as gripping as this book, I was sucked in from the first page
Claire Thake
Well I started this book with no real expectations as hadn’t read any reviews on it prior to starting. the beginning few chapters I found quite slow, however after managing to read half of the book in one sitting I was hooked!

For a YA novel it tackled a very serious subject but did this very well. I loved the twist and how despite everything, Val got her happy ending. I would have liked to have seen more interaction with Alison and would be interested in reading more about Sams side to the story
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! What an awesome book!!! It was full of suspense, drama and action which kept me on the edge of my seat!!! I probably could've read it in one sitting but this little thing called WORK got in the way, lol!

Traffic Jam is a well written novel with a strong female heroine! There were a few times that Valeria kinda got on my nerves but I thought Melissa Groeling did an exceptional job writing her character. But I must say my favorite character was John! It's not every day that you come across
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I was glad to have the opportunity to read Melissa Groeling's Traffic Jam, which I requested through Goodread's YA Reader's Lounge group. I was intrigued that Groeling was going to address such a unique subject (human trafficking) in a YA novel.

For me, Traffic Jam was a roller coaster ride. I had moments where I wanted to smack every character across the back of their head and shout, "Hello!" I had moments where I questioned whether or not I should stop reading, yes, I was that mad. Ultimately,
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reviews
Not many writers would touch this subject of trafficking in the YA category. I think that Melissa did such a wonderful job with this story. It was hard to put down but it was short enough to pack a good punch. Its hard to see your family struggling and then seeing someone just having things that shouldnt be there. It was definitely full of emotion. You can just see the love that Val has for Sam. The heartbreak and intensity just eats at you. I can say that its an eye opener that most people tend ...more
« previous 1 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
David Estes Fans ...: $0.99 e-book sale on Amazon--this weekend only! 2 23 Jun 09, 2013 11:44AM  
Cocaine Pages: Free Copy!!! 1 9 May 30, 2013 04:46AM  
Making Connections: Free Copy!!! 1 12 May 30, 2013 04:45AM  
Books, Blogs, Aut...: Free Copy!!! 1 4 May 30, 2013 04:43AM  
YA/NA FANATICS: Free Copy!!! 1 13 May 30, 2013 04:41AM  
Making Connections: E-Book on Sale for $0.99!!! 1 7 May 28, 2013 09:50AM  
Cocaine Pages: E-Book on Sale for $0.99!!! 1 5 May 28, 2013 09:49AM  
Melissa Groeling didn't know she had an accent until she moved from New Jersey to Philadelphia. She thought everyone spoke the same way, called things by the same name...that is, until she got into her first debate with a Pennsylvanian over a "sub" or a "hoagie." This soon led to other debates: jimmies versus sprinkles. Pork roll versus Taylor ham. It all became quite the struggle, a fight not to ...more
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »