It’s July, which means it’s ripe time for literary teens to be hopping in their beat-up minivans and hitting the road with nothing but their friends and their parent’s disapproval. In honor of the season of rebellious driving that will no doubt bring them all closer as friends and maybe even closer, I’ve collected a list of some of the best, and some of my favorite, road trip novels. Buckle your seatbelts (sorry), it’s gonna be awesome.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray: A weird and wacky exploration of the teenage brain that will make you want to slowly descend into madness. A slightly psychedelic journey that any true YA fan has to read.
Mariam Shama Hits the Road by Sheba Karim: A newer book that lives up to teen lit’s strong tradition of the road trip. Fun and fresh, a diverse group of friends heads to New Orleans to escape their worries. You. Will. Fall. In. Love. With. It.
Paper Towns by John Green: To be totally honest, I’ve never read this book or seen the movie. But, I know it is an amazing book, and that there is a road trip. As a testament to its greatness, every time I see this book on my sister’s shelf, I feel instantly guilty for not reading it.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold: One of the first YA novels I ever read, and what a way to get into the genre. In David Arnold style, this book will make you laugh, make you cry, blah blah blah. It’s a good read and is a young adult classic.