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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 13, 2013 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 23, 2013 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
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
"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
Aug 12, 2013 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
Jun 06, 2013 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 08, 2013 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
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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 15, 2013 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
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites
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 16, 2014 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.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Sarah Elizabeth
(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
Jenny Lambert
Jul 29, 2013 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.
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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.
Jennifer Girard
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
Theresa Miorin
Dec 09, 2013 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
Nov 11, 2013 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
Aug 01, 2013 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.
Sep 20, 2013 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.
Rachel Arney
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Grand Adventure" (from Portland Book Review) definitely summarizes this captivating read quite well. I felt like I was right there with the author for the entire trip. She is a girl who doesn't quite fit in with the normal crowd, and I that's something I could identify with. Her story sucked me in quickly, because I adore travel, yet never took such a trip like she had planned to "find herself" and meet friends she had only interacted with online. I was curious how she would find them, and ho ...more
––––•(-•The Insomniac Book Hoarder•-
I received a free copy of this book from the We ♥ YA Books!

The premise caught my eye and I quickly signed up my interest, and while I don't generally take a long time to read (I'm reading the book just days before the reviews are due), but I couldn't help but take my time in delving in since I was currently overseas on holidays; enjoying the food, culture and atmosphere- you know the drill. So, back to the book review:

The story starts with our Angie (18 years old wanderlust) at her high school
Joy Matthew
Feb 04, 2014 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
Bonny Bon Bon
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Firstly Id like to thank Angela N. Blount for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review

I apologize for the delay with the review. I suppose I could have writer OMG WOW I LOVED THIS BOOK but I thought you all might like me to elaborate, plus I just couldn't do that to a book this good so bare with me. I usually give a brief overview of what the books about but because I have so much to say about how much of a pleasant surprise this book was ill just get right to it.

I signed up to R2R
Natalie Snow
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, read-to-review
Received a digital copy from the author for an honest review

You open the book and the first thing you see is this: "And for our children. Because one day, I want you to know the whole story of how I met your
Right there and then made me curious of who the father could be and how they met.
That was one part that intrigued me the most and the second, what the story is all about of course, that this book is the memoir of the author´s two month road trip across the country all by herself,
Lade Tawak
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Free Copy Courtesy of Author
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.”

There are a number of characters.
Angeli is the main character. She was well-meaning but was a bit overbearing and a know-it-all. I didn't really like her at the beginning but she turned out good at the end. It was really a story of personal growth for her

I know, I know…there’s something cliché about that. The heroine initially wanting to clob
Stephanie A.
The fact that this is set in 2002 makes her a contemporary of mine, which makes it extra-accessible. However, something about the margins and font immediately screamed "self published," which I equate with amateur writing and minimal editing. This seems a not-inaccurate impression -- there's just a certain style to good but not fully polished writing where the dialogue is off, not quite natural. Maybe too many descriptors? It especially stands out in phrases like "she said, in a glaringly unexci ...more
Kathy Horsman
Jan 26, 2014 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
Lindsay Hiller
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heart-warming tale of a girl searching for her own story.

When I began Once Upon A Road Trip I was skeptical, only because it’s not my usual genre of book. However, the main character Angie was so endearing with her quest to discover herself and her unfailing desire to help other people that I couldn’t put it down. This is the story of a high school graduate who embarks on a cross-country road trip to find her own place in this world. In very few books have I cared so much that the main charact
Andrea L
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once Upon a Road trip is Blount's well-written memoir about a defining experience in her life. Shortly after graduation she embarks upon an extensive road trip. In the process she connects with a variety of characters she has previously befriended online. Without spoiling the end for potential readers, I will say that the conclusion of the book is satisfying.

The strengths of the book are many. Blount writes with an honest, sharp wit. Her style is clear and fluid. Further, I enjoyed "meeting" eac
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Award-winning author Angela N. Blount is a Minnesota native, transplanted to the deep South--where she currently resides with her understanding husband, their three children, and a small menagerie of rescue animals. She is a staff book reviewer for Young Adult Books Central, a memoirist (though, not much a fan of referring to herself in first-person *cough*),

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