Things are about to get rocky for Dean Wentworth and Willow Wade.
Willow Wade is used to living in the spotlight, with her father a famous drummer in the band Willow Creek—her namesake—it’s been a lot to live up to and oftentimes she doesn’t feel she’s enough. But there has always been one person she could turn to.
Dean Wentworth knows a thing or two about how crippling a name can be. His family is worth billions after all. But Dean’s always been content to do his own thing. Play his guitar. Work on cars. And geek out to his various “nerdoms”.
But when Willow turns up unexpectedly, he realizes maybe there is more in life he wants.
Review: I've always said I love the whole "friend to more" trope in books, however recently every one I have read I've seemed to be really disappointed in. The Road That Leads to Us started out very promising. it was a little cheesey at first, but then it started getting really good.
I loved the road trip, it was very "Amy and Roger's Epic Detour" esque. They even named their journal "Willow and Deans Epic Road Trip" so I was thinking that was a bit... coincidental?
The characters were funny, they had a really good relationship with each other and it was just enjoyable to read. But then, they got together, and I now understand why the characters normally get together at the end of the book, not at the start. Because after Dean and Willow got together at about half way, the whole book became one big stack of cheese. It was so cheesey it was cringe-worthy at times and I just couldn't. I mean I did, because I finished the book but I couldn't handle the cheesey-ness.
There was one part that I found to be particularly cringe-worthy where Dean and Willow are at a laundromat and they forgot to get washing powder, so Willow asks some random old man to borrow some of his and she gives him a kiss on the cheek?! Like what even? WHy? That was weird. But then he started telling her his god damn life story and they all ended up going out to dinner together and exchanging phone numbers and.. I just... no. That's weird.
I also found the book to be very repetitive. The amount of times Dean and at times Dean and Willow's voices were kind of similar. I liked that it was alternate P.O.V as I think it helped add to the story though.
It was a little bit insta-lovey type, as they were "in -love" only a week into the road trip. However, they have been friends for like 19 years so I let that slide.
My other issue is with the characters, particularly Willow because she was so immature! They are meant to be 19 (Willow) and 21 (Dean), but I would have thought they were still in high school. I don't like when characters put up a persona and can't be serious for 5 minutes without trying to lighten the mood, and Willow was the perfect example of this. I don't think she even developed at all, besides for figuring out what she wanted to do with college and such.
So overall, not the best book I have read. it was a decent road trip book and I liked how spontaneous and adventurous it was, but having said that, the characters were kind of annoying, and the book was way too cheesy in the second half. I do think it would have been AWESOME if it included receipts and photos and such in the book,
Would I recommend? If you want a really cheesy road trip romance, yes.
For fans of: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Overall Rating: 3/5
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