Wow. I will be honest- from the first time that I heard about this book, I knew that it would be amazing. But, after listening to person after person after person rave about it, I started getting a little bit worried. After all, what if the hype caused Open Road Summer to be overrated? Because of this, I delayed reading this book for months. It was beckoning to me and calling my name, but I ignored it. Until…one day, I saw that The Reader’s Lounge aka the book club that I’m a part of, had picked ORS to be their June novel. It was at that point when I realized…there was no going back. I was going to read this book. And I did! (Sure, it was on June 30th at 9:30at night, but hey, it still got done! 😉
Now, with that long paragraph out of the way, I am THRILLED beyond belief to say that Open Road Summer not only met my expectations, but exceeded them! It was incredible- absolutely incredible! If you’re looking for a cute, YA contemporary with music, romance, best friends, and an awesome road trip, you’ll love Open Road Summer.
I think that the reason why I loved ORS so much was because of Reagan. I absolutely loved her- she was sarcastic, blunt, smart, funny, and loyal. What more could you want from a main character? But, even with all of her great qualities, she wasn’t a Mary Sue. She was far from it- her background was deep, dark, and not pretty. The fact that she was able to turn her past around and become who she was in the novel was extremely inspiring. There’s actually a quote that I’d like to share with you that detailed exactly who Reagan was, and how she managed to move past her battle wounds.
“You are the only person who can build emotional barriers, but you’re also the only person who can topple them. Other people can’t knock down the walls you’ve built, no matter how much they love you. You have to tear them down yourself because there’s something worth seeing on the other side.”
Also, THE ROMANCE. Oh. My. Goodness. I just want to take Matt Finch, bottle him up, and keep him forever. Well…that sounds creepier than expected. But in all seriousness, Matt Finch is tied for my Number One book boyfriend. And now you might be asking-how was he so amazing? Well, let me explain. Matt was the type of person who didn’t care about drama; he would rather focus on the little things in life. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, but at the same time, he knew when to pick his battles, and when to keep his mouth shut. But, the top two characteristics that made me love him? Those would be loyalty and stubbornness. When one of his friends or family members was in trouble, he would do anything and everything to help them. He didn’t care if people told him it was a bad idea- he would stick to his guns and help out his friends.
Overall, I ADORED this book and highly recommend it. I give it 5/5stars.