Book Review: The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

Title: The Mother Road
Author: Meghan Quinn
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 273
Rating: 5 stars

Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.

Michelle's Review

Listen up ladies and gentlemen, if ever you are ever in a reading funk, or finished a twisted story and need a few laughs to break up the reading monotony, read The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn, it will have you laughing out loud at the most inappropriate times.  Take it from me, I was reading this book during my commute to and from work, and I could not help myself with the outburst of laughter every so often whenever someone from the McCann clan would say or do something hysterical, that I looked like a crazy person laughing to myself.  Ok, I digress, but you get the picture, right?

Let me give you a little backstory, Marley McCann lives in California and is a beauty blogger, she either can make or break someone’s fashion and/or beauty dreams come true.  When her dad and her brother Paul show up in the family RV for one last road trip. Mama McCann who passed away many years ago, loved going on road trips especially to go try out hot dogs.  Since Paul is getting married in a few weeks, why not take that last trip through Route 66 all the way to Chicago for their last hurrah.  Can I just say I loved and adored Marley’s dad Bernie?  I just wanted to hug him and his President swearing self, he’s so John F. Kennedy adorable!  Marley and Paul are your typical siblings that love arguing and busting each other’s chops, but you know they truly love each other.  Oh but the road trip was going to get really interesting, you see, Paul’s best man, Porter Smith was also joining the McCann clan.  It’s been 4 years since Marley has seen Porter, he was her first crush and he broke her heart. Marley was pretty hostile towards Porter in the beginning, understandably so, but things got very interesting for the couple.  Porter is so swoony ladies!

This road trip was memorable, between the poop situation that Marley had going on, the Funyan game, Bernie’s eyebrows and President swearing, Paul being a major drama queen, and Marley and Porter airing out their differences, this book had me in stitches from beginning to end.  I loved how they made sure to make Mama McCann’s dream come true. The unnecessary lack of communication those four years ago could have been avoided, but I understood where Porter was coming from.  I would definitely go on a road trip with these crazy bunch, I just don’t know about that old RV they were riding on.  I could re-read this book again and again and still laugh out loud.

– Michelle

*An ARC was received via NetGalley for an honest review.



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