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Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn’t "fit in." She’s never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness — an ...more
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Published November 1st 2013 by Artifice Press
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    Angela Blount
    Jul 07, 2014 Angela Blount added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: non-fiction
    Yes, I am the author. :) And no, I'm not about to rate/review my own book. ;)

    I did, however, want to clear up a spot of confusion a few people have expressed (which I suspect is in large part due to the point of view used, and/or perhaps a result of how eReaders sometimes open straight to the first chapter, thus skipping the disclaimer.)

    This book is a memoir. It is an accurate-as-possible record of an eight week period in my (the author's) life. I chose to write a majority of it in third-person
    Reposting this review from 2015, as I am also reviewing for NetGalley.

    Disclaimer: The author is a friend of mine on Good Reads, and she provided me with a copy of her book for review.

    That said, I'm impressed. Told mostly in third person with a splattering of short journal entries, this story is a memoir disguised as a fictional work. It's a combination of travel memoir, and a record of personal growth.

    Set a few months after 9/11, the story perfectly captures life with the technology out there a
    Sep 29, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
    Firstly, thank you to the author for letting me read and review this book! I feel honored! :)

    The story Once Upon a Road Trip was all-in-all, a good read. And as an avid YA fiction reader, it was refreshing. Very realistic.

    The synopsis caught my attention because it seemed like the perfect book. Adventure, real issues that real people have today, romance-ss.. :)

    And Angela Blount delivered. The weirdness of Angeli's across-the-country road trip to people she has never seen in person kept me readin
    Jannat Bhat ( Obsessive Compulsive Reader)
    "Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself."

    I would firstly like to thank the author for giving me such a wonderful story to read and review. This is the kind of book one wouldn't forget in a hurry.
    As they say "Adventure Is Out There". And this sure is one of those adventures I myself would love to go on.
    Angie doesn't know what she wants from her life. Having decided to figure herself out she sets out for a 2 month road tr
    Aug 15, 2013 Sky rated it it was amazing
    Angela N. Blount’s writing is so spectacular and so flawless. It's a special occurrence to be able to say something such as that! This was a fantastic read and I can't wait for you to venture it on your own!
    This is a very promising debut novel that is based highly off the authors own awe-inspiring, cross-country adventure at a young age.

    I was so amazingly wrapped up in this story that I just HAD to stay up last and finish it. The chemistry between the characters is undeniable and genuine; it’s
    Michelle Wrubel
    Feb 15, 2014 Michelle Wrubel rated it it was amazing
    A wonderful story about facing the challenges that come from having the freedom to chase your dreams. This story is full of action and unexpected finds with humor and slabs of real life thrown in. A good reading adventure for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to blaze their own path of exploration while strengthening friendships.

    The main character's name is Angie and she opens up to share her social struggles in school, dealing with not fitting in and bullying. I think it's a mo
    Krystle ~A Booknatic~
    Aug 19, 2013 Krystle ~A Booknatic~ rated it it was amazing
    I'd like to thank the author for asking me to read this great book, it truly is an inspiring read. I wish I had done something like this myself. I've actually been thinking about buying a plane ticket and just disappearing somewhere for a week! Just me, myself, and I! I apologize in advance for the long review, sometimes I can't stop myself from getting all of my thoughts out there, especially if I loved the book!!!

    This book is a memoir about a Minnesota girl named Angeli (Angie) who's coming in
    Danielle (is feeling overwhelmed)
    Read more reviews at What Danielle Did Next

    ONCE UPON A ROAD TRIP was an interesting take on memoir as the author wrote about her road trip during the summer after high school as a coming of age fictionalised account using her real life events as the plot. It made the reading experience all the more captivating as you knew it was based in fact and these characters were real.

    Angeli has always felt like an outsider and like many teens has taken to the online community to connect with others like
    Sep 24, 2013 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it
    This story really captured my attention for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the story line is just so different than the routine plot line of seemingly every other book out there. This book was an adventure. The way that the book was set up with so that the reader does not know what will happen. They must just go with the flow. Although it was a little boring at times, it still interested me so that wanting to know what happens kept me reading. Secondly, there was more to this book than just the w ...more
    Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
    A coming of age tale filled with faith, lessons, and first time love.

    I very much enjoyed this story. I felt like I was apart of every stop and be very venture. Angie has done something not many people including myself are brave enough to do. I've always imagined taking an Eat, Pray, Love approach to life and just traveling the world. Although Angie didn't exactly leave the United States she traveled farther than she ever did and learned valuable lessons along the way.

    I felt myself growing in bra
    Nov 17, 2014 Abbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-to-review
    (I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.)

    This wasn't a read I enjoyed unfortunately.

    The people in this weren't awful, but I can't say that I'd be friends with them.

    This started out pretty slow, and I was quite bored because of it. I hoped that it would be more enjoyable when I got further in to the road trip, but unfortunately, my feelings never changed.

    Overall, Not for me.
    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Angela N. Blount.)

    This was an interesting story about one girl’s road trip to see friends after graduating high-school.

    Angie was a character who seemed more mature than her years at times, and then at other times did things that maybe weren’t so well thought out. She took risks, she tried new things, and she seemed to have spent a lot of time planning out her road trip. I certainly wouldn’t have
    Nov 06, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Jenny Lambert
    May 19, 2016 Jenny Lambert rated it it was amazing
    I have to say, I am quite impressed with this book!
    First I want to appologize to Mrs. Blount about the long time of reading before I coluld write this review.
    Now onto my review.
    Angeli, she is such an amazing character with a great personality. I enjoyed her road trip on meeting her friends and seeing how much she cared about them. I enjoyed reading her growth as a person and to discovering herself.
    Angela Blount wrote an exceptional book about learning ones self and discovering her purpose.
    I know
    Jennifer (livresaddicted)
    I received a free copy of this book from the We YA Books!

    I was so excited to read this book. When I see the words road trip in a title I'm sold!
    But unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted.
    I'll start with what I've like about it.

    I like the fact that it was a memoir. I love to see real road trip stories.
    I like the journal's entry in the end of the chapters.

    Here's what I didn't like...

    The journal's entry in the end of the chapters. I know it's in the things I liked but I d
    Laura Greenwood
    Nov 18, 2014 Laura Greenwood rated it it was amazing
    Review posted on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live... - VISIT for giveaway!

    I am very grateful to have received a copy of Once Upon a Road Trip from the author.

    At 18, Angeli doesn't really know what she wants to do with her life. So plucking up her courage she embarks on a road trip, stopping with people that she met on the internet (and vetted!) Only planning how to get there and when, Angeli encounters challenges at almost every stop, whether that is facing the idea of falling in love, how
    Opal Florey
    Jan 09, 2015 Opal Florey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: r4r
    (Source: I received a eBook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.)

    2.5 Stars

    I hated our main character she just made so many stupid decisions!

    I loved Elsie (?) as she is exactly like me!

    I hated the love interest! I thought he was just a bit idiotic and stupid!

    I love how the author set out her story of love!

    Loved the diary bits!

    Overall; 7.5/10
    Theresa Miorin
    May 02, 2014 Theresa Miorin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Wow. This book was just.... Wow.

    I had heard about it from entering a giveaway, but since I did not win it, I decided the book sounded too good to wait for another, so I bought it. And let me tell you, I am glad I did.

    Every element of this book was perfect. The writing was flawless. It did take me a few pages to get adjusted to the point of view, but I honestly felt as if it added to the story to make it even better.

    I am completely impressed at how well the story was executed, and knowing that
    Jan 03, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
    My hope is there will be another book, that we'll get to find out what happened with Vince, with school, with life?

    This book was in places enlightening, funny, fun, inspirational, and heart rending. Having lived through what that person was trying to do, and I don't believe for an instant that was sleep assault at all, it was horribly painful to have Angel have to experience that. I'm so thankful she was able to defend herself and thwart her attacker.

    This was a wonderful book, and I'm really ho
    Oct 07, 2014 Tbear62 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Once Upon a Road Trip was a great book for the adolescent reader as well as adult reader! The story conveyed the angst and triumphs of finding one's identity. Thus, the concept is of interest to all ages because "finding self" occurs at several different stages in life, not just adolescence. Although identity is not a new concept for YA literature, this book was a bit different. The main character struck out on her own to visit many of the online friend's she had made over the course of time whi ...more
    Joy Matthew
    Feb 04, 2014 Joy Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is the first memoir I have read, I had previously had a vague idea on what a memoir was, but this had certainly cleared things up for me and I will definitely read more in the future.

    The memoir is about a teen-aged Angela Blount as a fresh out of high school student who has no idea what to do with her life. She embarks on a journey to find herself through the adventure of a road trip. My reactions to Angie’s road trip was at first: “Is this girl crazy?” and I couldn’t understand why she wou
    Feb 04, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing
    This is a debut novel that is based on the authors own inspiring story about her, cross-country adventure at a young age. The chemistry between the characters is undeniable and genuine; it’s easy to lose yourself in this story. Being brave, despite the unknowing of it, and to take on the long road ahead of her alone. With each cherished friend she meets up with, she has to make many different choices to which she will find something new about herself along the way.

    Each character you meet in thi
    Aug 01, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
    A young persons dream, but a parents nightmare. An ambitious and courageous young woman decides to go on a road trip, by herself, to visit and stay with people, most of whom she has not met, except on-line. This is the true story of just such a trip and the amazing, and sometimes scary things that happened one summer. Inspirational for young people going through the transition to adulthood and reassuring for adults as it reminds us both of our own dreams and how capable our children really are.
    Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
    Angela Blount has created an inspiring and enlightening coming-of-age book through the memoirs of her eighteen year old self. Angeli is a bright girl, but she doesn't know where her life is heading. Feeling overwhelmed by the sense that she should have a plan for her future, she decides to take a two month long solo road trip in a quest for self-discovery. Somehow she hopes that along the way she will come to some sort of realization as to the direction she should take in life. Her plan is to dr ...more
    Sep 30, 2013 Sah rated it it was amazing
    The book is about the author's road trip when she was eighteen years old. It was well written. I admire the courage of the character for taking the trip. What's so amazing about the story is that the character honors God. A must read for the young ones. I fell in love with Vince too. He's so sweet and caring! :) Great job, Angeli! I look forward to reading more of your work. It will definitely be added on my love to read again list.
    Kathy Horsman
    Jan 31, 2014 Kathy Horsman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: nook, urban, romance, r2r, new-adult
    This author clearly comes from the same community of people online that I do because I understood everything that Angeli was going through and what drove her to go on the adventure written about in Once Upon a Road Trip. This is a memoir about a young girl who flourish in an online community of writers, but doesn't quite fit into the real world as much as she does online. Deciding to do something drastic, she goes on a 2 month road trip to discover what she wants to do with the rest of her life ...more
    Nora Nelly
    Nov 19, 2014 Nora Nelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I received a digital copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

    My first impression of the book was that it would be a book about bullying and finding confidence in yourself to get over it. The first few chapters for me were a little tough going. When Angeli actually got her road trip started is when the book started getting better for me. I found about 3 spelling errors in the book (sorry I'm a grammatical nerd lol), to be totally honest I really liked this book. I can relate to Ange
    InD'tale Magazine
    “Once Upon A Road” is a great travel story about Angie's adventures on the road. The descriptions of everyone she meets are whimsical and endearing, especially as she compares them in “real life” to their online personas.

    Read full review in the November 2013 issue of InD’tale Magazine.
    Narineh Alexani
    May 03, 2015 Narineh Alexani added it
    Shelves: normal
    I think it's amazing that there is an account for her children. I would have loved to have my mom's version of this. Reading what she saw is a way of bringing it to life. I'm extremely impressed that she wrote about the good and the bad. Instead of telling her children, they will be able to read it for themselves. I did get a little confused when it opened with a diary entry but as I read on, it cleared itself up. I hope I go on a road trip like this one. Honestly speaking, I hope mine is less a ...more
    Rachel Gunter
    I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you Angela for letting me read your book :)

    When I read the synopsis of this book I was really excited to read it, I've been reading more contemporary type books recently, and I really love road trip stories, so I was really looking forward to reading this.

    However, I just couldn't get into this book. I really tried, but I just couldn't connect to it. I read about 100 pages before I decided to quit. For me, it seeme
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