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Hit the Road

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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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Stephanie A.
I laughed until I cried, and then I cried for real, despite an ostensibly happy ending after the storm. In other words, what I thought was going to be a hoot and a half of 4 old ladies on their way to a merry old time...turns out to be 2 old ladies on a mission to spring their other friend from the nursing home she's been put in against her will by her only son, who insists she actually has Alzheimer's and cannot be removed from medical supervision. It's not clear who to believe at first, and th ...more
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
The idea of the teen helping the old ladies have one more Reunion is lovely. But the melodrama and the implausibilities are absolutely ridiculous. The girl has had her license just a few days, hasn't driven the highway, learned in an Accord, and now has to immediately go from Connecticut to Long Island in a rented SUV. And there's a truly evil person objecting to the plans. And, though none of the old ladies is actually senile, they're acting like it, having not thought things through at all, an ...more
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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
Pyrate Queen
When 16-year-old Brittany Anne Bowman get dumped off by her parents at her Nannie's hours, she thinks her summer vacation is going to be a complete bore. But when her grandmother, whose car has been sold because she can no longer driver, rents a mini-van and says "Don't worry. I'll navigate; you'll steer. Load the car, Brit. Then we hit the parkway. We have a kidnap scheduled," Brit realizes that her vacation may turn out quite interesting. Just how action-packed she didn't realize, what with th ...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
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mediocre. Exciting story but way too much internal waffling. Should I? Shouldn't I? Let's just think about it for several pages.
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Was one of the best books I ever read
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
Laura bayfield
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
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
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-15
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 d
Sep 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Oct 18, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-books
The old ladies in this book are amazing. I want to be that cool when I'm old. Also, props to Bridget for all her driving. I know what ferries are like, and driving off of them is scary even if you're properly licensed. Also, I want a Cooper in my life.
Richie Partington
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
21 May 2006 HIT THE ROAD by Caroline B. Cooney, Random House/Delacorte, May 2006, ISBN: 0-385-72944-8; Libr.ISBN: 0-385-90174-7

"You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere"
--Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car"

"Brit had been there when Mom said to Nannie, 'Your eyes are so bad you can't tell the difference between a trash barrel and a two-year-old at the side of the road. Your knees are so stiff it takes you five minutes to brake. You have to stop dr
Carol Wakefield
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Too implausible for another star. Nice idea of a teenager helping her and other grandmother types. I know 86 yr olds and none act as juvenile as these ladies. Many are both agile and very competent. Somehow the entire story revolves around stereotypes. I’ll be careful to avoid teen books after this.
Brit just got her drivers license, which leads to her becoming the driver in her grandmother's kidnapping scheme. Brit grandmother's friend was unjustly put in a retirement home and the two are going to break her out. This novel is a fun road trip book about this experience.
Robert Ellington
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always respect your elders.
Katie Fitzgerald
Hit the Road is a 2006 YA novel by Caroline Cooney, which is unusual in the sense that only one main character is a teenager. Brit, who has just gotten her driver’s license, is left to stay at her grandmother’s house while her parents go on vacation. Shortly after her parents set off on their trip, Brit learns that her grandmother has plans for a road trip. She has rented a car and plans to drive it through three states in order to pick up her dearest friends and bring them to her 65th college r ...more
Michelle Satran
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

The book “ HIt the Road” by Caroline Cooney wanted me to hop on a road trip with my Grandma and her friends and see what happens. THis book is realistic fiction because there are people out in the world crazy enough to key their own Porsche just to get what they want. This book takes place in New York and Maine on a road trip to get to the girls sixty fifth college reunion. Their chauffeur Brit was excepting the start of the summer to be laid back and chill while she baby sat her Nanny. However,
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-choice, youngadult
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
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, comedy
All 16 year old Brittany Bowman wants is a car. Her family is the only family with only one car, and she doesn’t see why her parents are leaving it at the airport for two whole weeks while she stays with her grandmother, Nannie. But her grandmother has plans for the next two weeks; plans that include attending her 65th college reunion, picking up with her best friends Aurelia, Flo and Daisy, and kidnapping and these plans don’t include Brit. But when Nannie runs over her flower beds trying to dr ...more
Harrison Kessel
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
WARNING SPOILERS! Scroll to see review

This book is about a teenage girl named Brittany who becomes wrapped up in a plot with her grandmas college friends on her summer vacation. Her grandma is great friends with two of her college roommates, one of which is imprisoned in a retirement center by her son so that she doesn't stand in his way while he tries to take her money. Brittany, who just got a license, is forced to drive a rental car with her grandma and roommate in tow to "kidnap" there old c
Savannah S
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: done
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Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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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!"
When her children were young, Caroline started writing books for young people -- with rem
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