Young Adult Road Trip Novels

This is a themed list. Do NOT vote for your favorites or your own work if the plot does not include a road trip and the target audience is NOT young adult. Because everybody around me loves Morgan Matson's "Amy & Rogers Epic Detour" so much, I want to find out, if there is a young adult road trip novel equally or better liked. Care to participate?
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332 books · 2,059 voters · list created September 10th, 2010 by oliviasbooks (votes) .
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message 1: by Beth (new)

Beth Mary Pearson just released a Road Trip book, too--I think the title is THE MILES BETWEEN or something like that...


message 2: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks thanks, Beth!!! Just added it. I want to read that.


message 3: by Perla (new)

Perla Also A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend


message 4: by Leah (new)

Leah  (Simply Nerdy Book Reviews) I LOVE ROAD TRIP BOOKS (and actual road trips) :D Definitely one of my favorite subjects in YA novels! Just read "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" this week . . . LOVE. One of my really close girlfriends and I are planning our own "epic detour" for the summer before college . . . and we're freshmen in high school.


message 5: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Just add it, Perla.


message 6: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks I'll have a look. That's the problem with Listopia, that some contributers do not read descriptions or do not know how to start their own lists with slightly different topics. I even ecountered a list, where somebody changed the list title to make certain books qualify.


message 7: by Tima (new)

Tima Grapes of Wrath, as a YA road trip book? Really? To each their own, I guess - haha!


message 8: by oliviasbooks (last edited Jun 28, 2012 04:46AM) (new)

oliviasbooks So. I deleted The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck , On the Road by Jack Kerouac , My One and Only by Kristan Higgins (one of the mcs is an attorney), Leaving Unknown A Novel by Kerry Reichs , Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson and P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern from this list for not being Young Adult Fiction (you can reads classics or adult contemporaries at any age, that remains unquestioned).


message 9: by grass_harp (new)

grass_harp I'm also not quite sure whether "The Lord of the Rings" is a Young Adult road trip series :S


message 10: by oliviasbooks (last edited Jun 28, 2012 04:47AM) (new)

oliviasbooks In four young adult book descriptions (including the Laurra Ingalls one?) I did not find hints at road trip themes, but since I haven't read them I let them be.


message 11: by oliviasbooks (last edited Jun 28, 2012 04:52AM) (new)

oliviasbooks Captaincow wrote: "I'm also not quite sure whether "The Lord of the Rings" is a Young Adult road trip series :S"

Yes ... but they are on a trip and most people read those when they were young. I did not want to become too stringy.


message 12: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Kelvin, I deleted the books about art, comics and typography and I don't think I have to elaborate. If you need help creating a list about a topic you are interested in ask anyone. It's easy.


message 13: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks I wouldn't take the doubles off because then some users' list will be affected. It happens when you add titles via search-on-your-shelves. We can delete Alaska, though. Thanks.


message 14: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Hey, Goodreaders, do not vote books into this list, which do not fit. Please!!!


message 15: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks If I Stay is great, but no road trip story. Why do people keep adding their favorites without reading this list's decription? Cleaning up takes so much time, because it means I have to check each book description.


message 16: by Nora (new)

Nora Read ALL the John Greens! :)


message 17: by oliviasbooks (last edited Jul 18, 2012 07:43AM) (new)

oliviasbooks WHAAAAAAAT? Please tell me, this isn't real. 40 new titles on this list and most of them no road trip novels. *wail*
edit: I've worked myself through half of the descriptions, but I give up for today. Hopefully Goodreads puts some other list on top soonish.


message 18: by oliviasbooks (last edited Jul 18, 2012 07:35AM) (new)

oliviasbooks What a Trip! - The Life of a Featured List on Listopia.
I love voting on Listopia lists and starting new lists makes me happy. I am a librarian after all. But I have rolled my eyes often when I joined Goodreads and each and every list - those about blue covers, those about green dragons, healing methods and frustrated secretaries - sported an edition of Twilight among the top five spots. These times have luckily gone by. And I have to admit that I also by accident skipped the fine print and added a book to a list where it didn't belong.
But I always clicked on a list and added titles to it because of its headline or because of the tags and not because it was ... well a list. A lot of users seem to do so quite regularly, which recently started to frustrate me. My Young Adult Rad Trip Novels list has been chosen by Goodreads as one of this summer's featured lists and consequently gets a lot of traffic. And since I really want that list to be a helpful collection, I am now daily donating time to weeding out newly added books from that list. In order not to violate Listopia rules I read every book description of the titles I am suspicious about. So far I have deleted books about drawing comics, creating typography, biographies about famous artists, Christian and not so Christian books about frustrated housewives and other middle-aged women in need of a new lover, books about "spiritual journeys" to your heart, to your past and to your self-esteem, unknown works by self-published authors desperate for a second or a third reader and lots of favorite young adult books that do not contain a road or a trip.

Dear authors (and dear authors' best friends), please do not vote your books into randomly chosen lists. At least take the time to select a fitting one. I promise, it is out there. And if you want to be more specific: Create a new list. Organise a giveaway, join a group that has a space for promotion. Whatever. I don't think anybody will read you book because it popped up in a list for the wrong target group.
Dear readers, please read first what a list is about, then vote. There are plenty lists called "The Best Book on this Planet" to vote your favorites in without thinking or reading too much. Do not use a themed list for that purpose.


message 19: by Teccc (last edited Jul 18, 2012 11:32AM) (new)

Teccc I deleted Looking for Alaska by John Green , Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card and Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer from the list, as they are not 'Road Trip' novels.


message 20: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Thaaank you. *hugs*
The description if the last one sounds as if it takes place entirely indoors. Also The Compound by S.A. Bodeen ...


message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

Is "the hunger games" and "City of Bones" a road trip novel?
And can you put all these fantasy and dystopia novels in road trip category?


message 22: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Hmmm. The question if a road trip has to be realistic fiction is somthing everyone has to decide for him- or herself, I think. Therefore I left the Tolkien books be and added "Blood Red Road" and "Released" to my own list. But I take out all the books that have no longer joutrney or trip in their description or their tags. lean towards deleting "City of Bones". I've read it years ago and I do not remember someone going on a trip that lasted longer then the short movement from point A to point B. But maybe I remember wrong. Do you remember the plot well?


message 23: by Teccc (new)

Teccc I would say: Delete The Hunger Games and City of Bones. I mean, honestly, if you ask 100 readers: 'What is The Hunger Games about?' How many would answer 'A Road Trip' ?

The problem is, that there is no exact definition of a road trip novel. I for example would probably remove The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Graceling and every book that does not include a group of people traveling by car for a larger part of the story.


message 24: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks I don't believe it has to be by car to count. My personal definition of the road to be travelled is less strict. But journeys of the mind or stuff like that is not what belongs on this list.Therefore I am really angry about the new additions by Grisham and about Obama.... There isn't even a faint connection to the subject.


message 25: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks What about Hero by Perry Moore , Rainbow Road (Rainbow Trilogy, #3) by Alex Sanchez , Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Trilogy, #1) by Alex Sanchez First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky , Ice in My Veins by Kelli Sullivan , Island of Tory by Regina M. Geither and Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony . Has someone read one of these novels and detected a road-trip or at least a trip that happens not prior to the story but in the story? If not I would like to delete them.


message 26: by Katlyn (new)

Katlyn I just started a young adult book club on here. We're currently looking for new members. We're also taking suggestions for our September books (we read two per month), and since we haven't read anything yet. You're free to suggest anything. We'd really like to have you as a member!
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/7...


message 27: by Maddison (new)

Maddison SO B.IT IS THE BEST YOU MUST READ IT AS WELL MAO'S LAST DANCER (BUT MAO'S LAST DANCER IS BETTER


message 28: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Maddison, I deleted it. Shouting doesn't help if the book doesn't fit the description.


message 29: by Athira (new)

Athira 'The Fault in our stars' By John Green is not a road trip book!!And 211 people have voted for this book?
I don't get it!!


message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

I know right, but there are other books that aren't remotely based of any kind of road trip. for example The Hunger Games,The Book Thief, On the Jellicoe Road, My Sister's Keeper. These are only from the books I have read.

And this The Edge of Never isn't exactly a young adult book.


message 31: by Athira (new)

Athira Tanvir Hossain wrote: "I know right, but there are other books that aren't remotely based of any kind of road trip. for example The Hunger Games,The Book Thief, On the Jellicoe Road, My Sister's Keeper. These are only fr..."
Yeah, I have noticed.
Then why they are adding these books to the group which clearly say it only allows 'road trip books'?


message 32: by oliviasbooks (last edited May 26, 2013 01:29AM) (new)

oliviasbooks Uhohoh. I havn't cleaned up in here for a long time, it seems. A lot of people only read 'vote for your favorites'. And somehow they do. Without thinking. Or they click on titles others added randomly. I expected more web literacy from readers, too. But by and by my illusions have faded.
I am grateful for every hint and will weed out the next time I am using a computer.


message 33: by Athira (new)

Athira oliviasbooks wrote: "Uhohoh. I havn't cleaned up in here for a long time, it seems. A lot of people only read 'vote for your favorites'. And somehow they do. Without thinking. Or they click on titles others added rando..."

:-) Thanks for the reply :)


message 34: by Cleo (new)

Cleo I love The Fault in Our Stars and it's one of my favorite books, but there is no road trip in it. There's a trip, but it's not a road trip. How does one delete books?


message 35: by Teccc (last edited Jun 08, 2013 12:06AM) (new)

Teccc Cleo, you have to be a goodreads-librarian to delete books from lists. To become a librarian you have to apply here (http://www.goodreads.com/help/show/15...).

I deleted The Fault in Our Stars from this list.


message 36: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Thank you, Teccc! I have been checking GR mostly via phone lately. Cleaning up lists on an Android browser is pretty difficult.


message 37: by Ninja Neko (new)

Ninja Neko I removed The Hunger Games, it's not a road trip book...


message 38: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart oliviasbooks wrote: "What about Hero by Perry Moore, Rainbow Road (Rainbow Trilogy, #3) by Alex Sanchez,Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Trilogy, #1) by Alex SanchezFirst Comes Love (First Comes Love, #1) by Katie Kacvinsky, Ice in My Veins by Kelli Sullivan, [bookcover:Island of To..."

Rainbow Road absolutely has a road trip! That's the whole book. The one that should be removed from the list is Rainbow Boys. There's no road trip in that.


message 39: by Kate (last edited May 03, 2014 09:33AM) (new)

Kate Removed several books toward the bottom of the list that have no road trip connections whatsoever - namely the Cassandra Clare titles, The Fault In Our Stars, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Nineteen Minutes, My Sister's Keeper, and Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank). If I wasn't familiar enough with a book to know if it had any road trip/"journey" connections, I didn't delete it.

I also removed Rainbow Boys per Rainbowheart's suggestion.


message 40: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Thank you!


message 41: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks Kate wrote: "Removed several books toward the bottom of the list that have no road trip connections whatsoever - namely the Cassandra Clare titles, The Fault In Our Stars, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web..."

You are right: There has been a lot of random favorite stuff been added since the last time I weeded out. I took some adult thrillers, some short story collections and some classics off the list, but I am sure there is more that doesn't belong. It takes time to take a closer look, though. I still do not get it why people do not respect the themes of listopia lists.


message 42: by Katie (new)

Katie Lawson My sister got the book "Amy and Rogers Epic Detour" and i took it from her because it looked cool,but i didn't think it would be good but it is an AMAZING book! I rated it and gave it 5 stars! I love it how both people change during this one little epic detour. I recommend the book "Amy and Rogers Epic Detour."


Hailley Dawn--✖ When you love somebody, they'll always leave too soon ✖ Athira wrote: "'The Fault in our stars' By John Green is not a road trip book!!And 211 people have voted for this book?
I don't get it!!"


That's so weird


message 44: by Joanna (last edited Apr 09, 2015 12:26PM) (new)

Joanna Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone, by Morgan Matson


message 45: by JulianaVC (last edited Aug 17, 2015 08:37AM) (new)

JulianaVC I read I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is amazing


message 46: by Kristan (new)

Kristan Does anyone remember a road trip book about a girl who its a tradition in her family that once they are a senior they get to take this refurbished school bus on a road trip & pick like i think 3 girls and 4 guys? &theres this big celebration when they send them off. &the main girl ends up getting with one of the guys she chose that she didnt know very well. and the other friend gets with their guy friend& almost gets pregnant. They get in a bunch of trouble at some fireworks show for fourth of july too i think.


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