Once Upon A Road Trip

Once Upon A Road Trip

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by Angela Blount

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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


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 -- and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends.

Aside from contracting mono and repeatedly getting herself lost, Angeli's adventure is mired by more unforeseen glitches -- like being detained by Canadian authorities, and a near-death experience at the hands of an overzealous amateur wrestler. Her odyssey is complicated further when she unwittingly earns the affections of two young men. One a privileged martial artist; the other a talented techie with a colorful past.

Bewildered by the emotions they stir, Angeli spurns the idea of a doomed long-distance relationship. But she is unprepared for the determination of her hopeful suitors. In the wake of her refusal, one man will betray her, and the other will prove himself worthy of a place in her future.

Angeli sets off in search of a better understanding of herself, the world, and her place in it. What she finds is an impractical love, with the potential to restore her faith in happy endings.

A true story with an unapologetically honest outlook on life, love, faith, and adventure -- Once Upon A Road Trip is a coming-of-age memoir.

Editorial Reviews

IndieReader Review - K.J. Pierce
"A powerful story of self-discovery."
San Francisco Book Review - Patti Varol
"All 6,000 miles of Angie's road trip make for an exceptional, un-mediocre story."
Portland Book Review - Elizabeth Franklin
"What a grand adventure! Angie deems her tale, 'running away from destiny, or headlong into it,' and takes the reader cross-country and into Canada on a charmingly wacky 6,000 mile jaunt." -- 5 Stars
RT Book Reviews - Sabrina Cooper
"Blount's debut coming-of-age tale is charming. Readers ride shotgun, gazing at the beautiful landscapes and meeting the interesting people Angeli discovers while traveling from Minnesota to New York and beyond."

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Meet the Author

Award-winning author Angela N. Blount is a Minnesota native, transplanted to the deep South-where she currently resides with her understanding husband, their two children, and a set of identity-confused cats. She is a former book reviewer for RT Book Reviews, a memoirist, freelance editor, sporadic poet, and webcomic artist.

In her spare time, Angela enjoys reading, coffee shop loitering, questionable attempts at horticulture, and all things geeky.

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Once Upon A Road Trip 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jaimie Hope for Readers' Favorite In Once Upon a Road Trip by Angela N. Blount, Angeli is about to graduate high school and she couldn’t be happier about it. Sure, she’s smart, taking college courses already and has a best friend, but she’s never really fitted in among her peers. In fact, she’s never even had a date. As happy as she is to be leaving the cliques and bullying of high school, Angeli is anxious about the future. She has no clue what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She’s never been much of a risk-taker, but since it is the summer of her eighteenth year, Angeli decides it's time she went on an adventure. She will be embarking on a two-month, cross country trip to meet with her online friends face to face. Her family and best friend think she’s crazy for taking such a trip. If truth be told, Angeli thinks she might be as well. However, she knows the only way to discover who she is and what she wants out of life means she needs to step out of her comfort zone. Of course, she has no clue just how far out of her comfort zone she will go. Getting lost, being detained by the Canadian police, and being assaulted are just some of the things she’ll deal with during her unforgettable summer journey. This was a nice weekend read. The writing was easy to read and at a good pace. The plot was easy to get into, though a bit predictable. The characters were very well written and so dimensional that I was able to see them perfectly in my mind. Overall, this is a good Young Adult read if you’re looking for a weekend book to take you out of your head for a while.
WonderlandPrincess More than 1 year ago
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 adventurous. It's insane to think she went through all of that and is able to write about it. I have major respect for her. I know that I will be remembering this for a long time. She may be an author I've never met but this is advice that comes from a close friend or relative and I will keep it in mind.
JeannieWalker More than 1 year ago
It is great to have a loving husband who supports us in many ways. I think it is wonderful of Angela to write this memoir so her children will know how she met their father.I know what it is to have no success at finding a date. Maybe some men are intimidated like good looks. And, I am sure we have all had at least one disastrous night on a date. One thing I know for sure - it is hard to bare our soul when we are writing a true story.   It is not always easy to have a happy ending, but Angela wrote her honest outlook on life, love, faith and about her daring to set out on an adventure. I hope everyone takes time to read this coming-of-age memoir. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "Forever in My Heart" - A True Story of Coincidence and Destiny
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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 had the guts to try shark or snails, and driving thousands of miles would have gotten old for me. The storyline in this was mainly about Angie’s journey, and the people she met and things she did along the way. She visited friends and her relationships with them changed, some for the better and some for the worse, and she made sure to try new things and see places she wanted to see whilst on her journey. There was a bit of romance in this, as the author explains, this book tells the story of how she met her husband! There were a few kisses with different boys in this book though, which kind-of kept the reader in the dark a bit as to which man would be the right one. The ending to this was hopeful, and it did seem like Angie had decided which guy it was that was the right guy for her. I wasn’t really expecting the situation that she found herself in with one of her suitors though. Overall; interesting road-trip story, 6.25 out of 10
TaiAdebisi More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an ARC copy from the author for an honest review! I must honestly say that this was a great book, great storytelling and great ending! I loved this book and the fact that you felt like you were traveling alongside Angeli and experiencing her adventures with all of the people she encountered. I also liked the fact that she was serious about her religious beliefs but not overbearing with it. Two thumbs up from me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In [Once Upon A Road Trip] [Angela N. Blount] tells of a coming of age/finding yourself journey for the internet age. Angeli at the age of 18 has no idea what she wants to do. She would like to be a writer or even a minister. Her desire to figure it all out takes her on a journey through the US stopping and staying with people she has met on the internet. Before you all get like all the adults and say she is crazy, understand she had a plan. Also it was families she was staying with not wierdos. I loved most of the style and voice of this book. In fact I plan to recommended to a few former students who are going through similar angst. The ending was predictable though. Perhaps I should not have read the dedication first.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Once Upon A Road Trip by Angela N. Blount  Angeli, eighteen just out of school decides she wants to take a road trip around America to visit her friends she met on the internet. Along the way she learns the truth of her friends, some are just what she thought they would be, others are not. She also starts to discover who she is , and what she may possibly want out of her life (her future). She does meet a few young men she likes and ponders the idea of a possible long distance relationship. An intriguing memoir of real life, love , faith, trust and self discovery. I recommend to those who like memoirs and coming-of-age stories. A great read!
gmfuhlman More than 1 year ago
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 this story has their own problems they face and have to deal with. I feel that not only with just Angeli, the readers will relate to Angeli, but there are times when everyone might feel some type of a connection with her. Angeli faces a lot of her own struggles before the journey and as she times goes on she is coming into her own. I feel that this story absolutely proves that life is what you make it. This was a very unique and a very refreshing way of storytelling. I am sure that after the readers get their hands on this coming of age novel, they won’t want to put it now until the end.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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 drive to various places throughout the U.S. and Canada where she will stay with a number of the people whom she has befriended through an internet chat-room. Along the way she encounters obstacles, heartache and betrayal. Once Upon A Road Trip is an engaging read with lots of interesting developments that keep the reader hinged to see what will happen next. Blount tactfully addresses a multitude of subjects that young people often tend to encounter. Young Angie has a beautiful soul and a strong faith which helps guide her through some challenging situations. The undercurrent of her faith is a big part of what makes this book unique. Angie's weaknesses and insecurities are no match for her faith which seems to keep her grounded. Blount has done a terrific job of exposing Angie's vulnerabilities all the while highlighting her journey towards a deeper understanding of herself and the people in her life. As the story progresses she slowly sheds some of her youthful naiveté and learns who she can and cannot trust --and ultimately lets go of her insecurities and allows herself to love and to be loved.
KathywithaK27 More than 1 year ago
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 and meet some of the people she considers friends in this community that she loves so much. This book has so many ups and downs that just make it seems like she is never going to complete her journey that it really tugs at your heart many times. Between a near-death experience and possibly falling in love, you can see the change in Angeli as every situation unfolds. Going on this experience with her, really gave me some perspective on things that I am doing, right now. Obviously I have a blog, and I am actively involved in the online world of books (hence writing this review to begin with) and I can understand what is going on her head because I live it. I have people that I interact with online that I would call friends that I have never met, and probably will never meet. The idea that I don't fit in, is very real. Angeli, however, doesn't take this lying down and goes out and does something about the feelings that she is struggling with, which is more than I can say I will ever do. I will live vicariously through her in this book though because she took life by the horns and really took control over her future. The romance in the story felt real and natural, versus many manufactured or forced romance that you see in so many books. The flow of the book seemed natural as well, which really kept the whole story together and down the Earth, which I really enjoyed. I loved that this is a memoir because there is a real person behind a seemingly real story, which is not easily found. Taking into account that it was also beautifully written, I would recommend picking this book up for a refreshing read that will take you on an adventure but might just inspire your own along the way
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
**The author provided me with a copy of this book for an honest review, and I thank her for this opportunity.** In this memoir Angie is traveling on a two month trip through the USA, and even into Canada, right after graduation.  She visits her online friends at various locations and has a very organized schedule of each stop, and important sights she would like to see.  She keeps a journal throughout her trip that she shares with the reader. This is a well written memoir that read very quickly.  I read this book thinking she was both brave and very trusting of these people she had never met in person before, so also naive at times.  I would think she sounded mature but then all of a sudden think she was acting her age a few pages later.  The one thing that makes me have to put this book at 4 stars instead of 5 is the fact that I feel she made so little contact with her parents throughout the book.  Yes she does check in with various people along the way but as a parent now I have to say I wish the author had some real discussions with her mother, who was wary of the trip, along the way.   Could I have done what Angie did at that age?  Absolutely not!  I was so nervous for her at times!  I wanted her to move quickly through certain stops because her description of her host would concern me with his intentions, since they were all young men/boys!  I enjoyed the romance(s) along the way, and also that she grew as a person even though she obviously could not have all the answers at the end of her trip about life.  Her religion and her thoughts on life also had an effect on those she met along the way. This is definitely a worthwhile read and I recommend it for the YA readers!
BonnyBonBon More than 1 year ago
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 this book originally because I myself have always dreamed of traveling, just get in my car and go but unfortunately having 3 young children that dream has been postponed. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw the blurb for this book. I loved every aspect of this book for instance the cover, all the humour, the fact that Angeli and all the characters weren't perfect and never claimed to be and that everyone that Angeli visited had there own issues/ problems they were trying to deal with. She had a dream and no matter how many people told her to reconsider it she decided to take life by the scruff of the neck and experience it. I love, love, loved the tally at the end and thought it was a good touch. As was the journal entries throughout the story. I have never read a coming-of-age memoir or any memoir for that matter but if they are anything like this one I'll be reading a lot more of them. Now in saying that. I have no idea if memoirs have epilogues but I am a BIG fan of them and would have loved to have seen one at the end of this book just to put my very curious mind to rest. I know, I know curiosity killed the cat and if I was one I would have died a long time ago. In saying this there is a little epilogue that fit perfectly with the story but being greedy I would have liked a did Angeli and (whomever she chose - go buy the book and see)relationship last, what did she decide to study at college. I know curious right! I would have also have loved to have seen a couple of pictures of Angela N. Blount's journey but my imagination will just have to conjure up the images. Now that I have mentioned all the great things I found in this book I have to mention the one thing that annoyed me which was the naivety of Angeli to stay with Steven after "the incident" (yes I'm dubbing it the incident so as not to give any spoilers away). I even found myself yelling things out at Angeli only to realize I was drawing curious looks of the other patrons of the shop where I was when I just so happened to be reading this particular part and had to make a hasty get away before I was escorted out for being a crazy loon. Anyway as I was saying, once I relocated I started to also reassure Angeli that the betrayals of others had nothing to do with it being her fault and that she shouldn't lay the blame of herself. Every time I think about this book I second guess my self as to giving it a 4 or 5 and at the time I thought 4 was suffice but now I have let the idea stew I've decided to give it a 5. Because this story is one that will stick with you long after and because I love the idea that love and happy endings are real and not just in books or in movies and even if they are unexpected you should let yourself be open to new things because life is full of surprises as Angela N. Blount's found in her awe-inspiring journey. If you are reading this thank you for sticking with me and ill leave you on a quote I loved from this book "Everybody’s damaged. It’s just a question of how badly, and whether you’re healing or still bleeding"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My time is my most valuable asset and reading this book was a great investment! I thoroughly enjoyed going along on the author's journey toward adventure and self discovery. The story is even more compelling as it is based on her actual life experiences the summer after her high school graduation. Beautifully written with emotion, humor and a bit of sarcasm mixed in  for good measure! Truth really can be stranger than fiction!