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American Road Trip

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  162 reviews
With a strong, loving family, an incredibly loyal best friend, and a budding romance with the girl of his dreams, life shows promise for seventeen-year-old Teodoro “T” Avila. But he takes some hard hits the summer before his senior year when his nearly perfect brother Manny returns from a tour in Iraq with a devastating case of PTSD.

In a desperate effort to save Manny from
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯
I really enjoyed this novel!
When Teo's brother Manny comes home from a tour of duty, he's not who he was before. Not a bit. But it's their sister Xochitl who decides it's time to deal with both Manny's challenges -- and T's own struggles -- by taking them from their rental by SeaTac down to Hatch, New Mexico, where they'll spend the summer helping Manny find treatment for his PTSD with their uncle who himself struggles post-service.

T as a character is totally fascinating. He's grown up in both sides of the economy: his fa
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, staff-book-club
T's story was one of my favorites from this past summer. I think it is the best road trip book I have ever read, but it's also so much more than that. This story about dreams, work, love, sacrifice, PTSD, family, and music set just after the financial crash of the early 2000s is one I know I will be recommending for years to come!
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
this was a fast read, I liked the fact that the book tried to balance being a fast read while also tackling a lot of serious issues (PTSD, families falling apart, self sacrifice and relationships). All in all it was an enjoyable read .
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: permanent-shelf
Told from the perspective of the youngest Avila sibling, Teodoro "T" Avila, American Road Trip follows the three Avila siblings on their journey to reconnect with each other after the return of the eldest sibling, Manuel "Manny" Avila, who has just come back after serving several years in Iraq. Taking place from 2008 to 2009, it also follows Teodoro's personal journey from underachieving high school student to someone who wants to do his best to make an effort in school. He and his best friend, ...more
This is truly a story about the bonds of family, specifically siblings. Teodoro "T" Avila has his world rocked when his older brother Manny comes home from a tour in Iraq. Suffering from a debilitating case of PTSD, Manny is no longer the loving brother that T remembers. When school lets out for the summer, T's older sister Xochi concocts a plan to try and help Manny get better, and she drags T along for the ride. And so commences the Avila sibling summer road trip from Seattle to SoCo to New Me ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and deeply satisfying. I loved seeing a Latinx family at the center of such a touching and sensitively-written story
Victoria Wurzel
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
American Road Trip
American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott conveys a strong message about understanding the pain of change. Throughout the book, the characters begin to realize how much PTSD can shake a family to its core. This book shows how you can’t always expect people to act the same way after a traumatic and horrifying experience. The journey that the characters face in this story is one of which is an emotional battle against the post-trauma of a family member coming back from the servi
Rich in Color
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review copy: Digital ARC via Netgalley

Relationships and connections. These are things that keep Teodoro “T” going. First, he has a best friend who believes in him and is willing to stand by him through pretty much anything. Second, he has a sister who will push him, but will also hold him tightly. I loved seeing the back and forth between Xochitl and T. They both want the best for each other and their brother Manny though they don’t always go about things the same way. Flores-Scott lets readers
Aug 15, 2015 marked it as to-read
[UPDATE 4/5/2018: It has a cover and a release date!!!!!]

I am SO EXCITED to read this! I'm still in love with Jumped In. :)
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott, 323 pages. Henry Holt and Co., 2018. $18.

Language: R (92 swears, 0 Fs); Mature Content: PG-13 (kissing, mild drug use and references, talk of suicide, descriptions of war, some peril); Violence: PG-13;



Life has not been easy for high school junior Teodoro Avila since his big brother, and hero, Manny was deployed to Iraq. His parents barely speak anymore, his dad's unemployment forced a move to a run
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounding up. My biggest issue is not the fault of Flores-Scott but the production itself was hard to hear. On full volume using my regular headphones, I had a hard time hearing the parts where the performer was speaking more softly. Don't get me wrong, Luis Moreno did very well in his performance yet I am hoping for future novels I won't have to either listen only in my car or in a quiet room so as not to miss key conversations.

In the very beginning, I was concerned that it might not be the
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Henry Holt Books for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 and all the feels for this 9/18/18 release. Teodore’s family hasn’t been the same since his brother Manny went overseas with the military. When T meets and old, now crazy beautiful, friend when he is wandering around the University of Washington’s campus, he promises her that they’ll both go there together after graduating high school. The problem? Besides his family’s sad
Sandra Porter
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
YA, Road Trip, PTSD, Family
All the Teodoro wants is for his brother Manny to be back from Iraq so his family can get back to normal. He's lost without his brother and going nowhere in school, his Mom and Dad have been feuding ever since his brother enlisted, and his sister is never around.
As in so many cases, his brother comes home a different man. "T"s sister decides that what Manny needs is connections to the fun times in his life and she tricks T into coming along on road trip with Manny.
Ben Blanchatd
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not a big reader in my personal time, but the American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott made me second guess that choice. The books I like are the ones that are not super descriptive. I can get bored with the description and start to lose focus when something gets dragged out. This book could be described as emotional. There are a lot of different emotions in the book like sad, happy, nervous, brave and the list keeps going on. I am not a person to read a book where it takes 5 minutes to r ...more
Martina Krausová
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: disappointments
It wasn't bad, I just somehow expected more from it. I even think that I might give it a 2,5*, but that's irrelevant here on Goodreads anyways.

I had probably higher expectations from this book than I should have. I wanted a strong story about PTSD of someone who came back from war, but I didn't get that.. I got a weird kind of lovestory with some serious issues that should have been analyzed way more than they were and I think that it hurted the book alot..

If anyone has a recommendation for a b
Erica Chapman
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compelling and heartbreaking. An important read for many reasons. Adorable love story and honest portrayal of PTSD and depression. The sibling support and unconditional love in this story is admirable and believable. Each one has their own paths to forge and each is told beautifully.
Ashley McCrady
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While the story does wrap up in a tidy, probably-too-good-to-true happy ending, it was exactly the happy ending that I wanted and I read it with tears streaming down my face. The dialogue was witty and surprising. The characters felt authentic. The overall story was charming.

I love that the author resolved her characters’ genuine frustration with the bureaucracy of the VA with a note at the end explaining their change in policies and advocating for public support to help improve VA services.

Mary Thomas
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This one missed the mark for me- the voice was a little off somehow. Nonetheless, I finished within days and was compelled by the subject- I’ve never read about a character with military PTSD.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I never really got into this book. It was a very beautiful story but it didn't seem to capture my interest.
Amanda Beguerie
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book was beautiful, intense, and way more realistic than I was expecting. The way the author deals with PTSD, mental health, family, and relationships is raw and honest and emotional. Definitely a book worth reading. The pacing was done well, the characters were fleshed out and colorful, and the PNW and the rest of the west was captured beautifully.

This book made me feel. And I loved that.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen-year old Teodoro shows promise, but stress at home has affected him emotionally and academically. His parents lost their jobs and their house in the 2008 economic collapse and his brother Manny has been away fighting the war in Iraq. Things are tense as his parents are barely acknowledging each other and now Manny, the big brother he so admires, is finally coming home. Suddenly, T wants to get his life together and go to college; make his family proud. However, the family has no idea t ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
The jacket description for this book is terrible. However, the BOOK is fabulous. I cried the whole last few chapters. LOVED this. This story deals with family, economic hardship, PTSD, falling in love, determination, and what it means to show up for someone. Beautiful, beautiful little book, and I hope it goes places.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Flores-Scott wrote such an amazing book titled, American Road Trip. This book stood out to me because it is talking about PTSD. This book has a mixture of everything. Romance, sadness, mystery, friendship, family, you name it! One of the biggest reasons that I love this book is because it is super relatable to any families out there. I found this book very interesting and unique because it emphasizes about PTSD and how it can affect not only the person who has it but to everyone around. ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I woke up this morning at 3:30 so I could finish it. This novel is about sacrifices, family, war, about giving of yourself and yes, there is some romance. I loved the cover of this novel but I don’t think the synopsis gives the book the justice, that it deserves.

T’s brother is returning home from the war but in reality, the war is coming home with Manny. Manny has PTSD. T’s family is trying to reverse time and make things like they were before Manny went off to war
Jodi McKay
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to love about this book. What resonated with me the most is the mass amounts of emotion wrapped up within and between these characters. It made me want to hug each one of them for completely different reasons. From beginning to end I was totally invested in 'T' and how he maneuvered through a journey of self-improvement, understanding his brother's battle with PTSD, his first love, and how he loved his family. The characters, the plot, and the heart of the story were so well-dev ...more
Susan Murphy
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished an ARC of this book. A powerful story!
Manny has just returned from a tour of duty in the Middle East and is suffering from PTSD. His family and friends pull together to help him recover. Along the way, we see how Manny's tour of duty and return home impact the whole family - brother, sister, parents extended family. The story is told from Teodoro's point of view ... Manny's teenage brother. Each member of the family has dreams for a better future. They each struggle to achieve t
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
BFF Charm: Platinum
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Deceptively Simple
Bonus Factors: Amazing Friends, Tasty Business, Siblings
Factor: Lost Optimism
Anti-Bonus Factor: War
Relationship Status: I’ll Stand By You

Read the full book report here.
Anne V.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngpeople
A friend gave me an ARC and I loved this book! The narrator is 17-year-old Teodora "T" Avila, who is blessed with a loving family, a great best friend, and a promising romance. But when his older brother returns from military service in Iraq with a frightening case of PTSD, T's life and that of his family change forever. Lots of memorable characters, engaging action, snappy style.
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