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Across the Continent by The Lincoln Highway by Effie Price Gladding
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by Maurice Leblanc
Baby Driver: A Story About Myself by Jan Kerouac
Blackwork by Monica Ferris
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
The Colossus of Roads: Myth and Symbol Along the American Highway by Karal Ann Marling
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
Far from Fair by Elana K. Arnold
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught
The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
The Isle by Jordana Frankel Jem and The Holograms 1 by Kelly Thompson
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
The Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson
Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie
Painting with a Lens by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann
Photography of Natural Things by Freeman Patterson
Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton
Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Umbrella by Taro Yashima The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
The Ward by Jordana Frankel
The Woman-Haters by Joseph C. Lincoln

Miscellaneous
My life as a teenage book addict, or, Sarah becomes a reader
Playing Pokémon Go as a parent
The terrible previews before Ghostbusters

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Kissing in America: 07/10/16

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb is about embracing the road trip when being afraid to travel. Eva and her mother are still reeling two years after her father was on a plane that went missing over the Atlantic.

Eva though has met the teenage son of the local bakery. He drives the bakery van and is learning how to write poetry. It seems like the perfect romance until he's forced to move across the country.

So now she has a boyfriend on the other side of the continent and no easy way to get there. Her salvation seems to be a game show. Not her, but her best friend with Eva as the life line.

In terms of the road trip narrative, this is a transcontinental bus trip, one where the trip is a means of escape (the confines of the big city), a means of facing one's fears (death by transportation), and a quest (true love).

But there's just so much going on here — too many threads. First there's the grieving over the father's death. That all by itself is a big chunk of emotional baggage. That by itself could have been a book.

Then there's the boyfriend who doesn't do the internet and only wants to write letters. The move from friendship to love to planning a cross country trip under uncertain circumstances seems incredibly rushed.

Ultimately the book felt like a grab bag of plot twists, character types, and circumstances. It was too much of a hodgepodge for me.

Two stars

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