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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

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

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Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave: 07/09/16

Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White

Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White was inspired by the author's own experience of accidentally being left behind at a gas station by her parents. She decided to turn that moment in her life into a what-if novel.

Liberty and Billie had been living with their mother but after her sudden death, they've been handed over to their absent father. He's a photographer and spends most of his time living out of an RV. He let them out to use the bathroom at a convenience store in Arizona and drove off with out them.

Maybe it's the heat or maybe it's something else, but Liberty decides going to the police isn't the best option. She wants to get in contact with their neighbor from San Diego, a close family friend who is like a surrogate aunt. She's not answering her phone and the girls can't stay out here in the heat.

So they make the decision to get home on their own by becoming stowaways. Most of the book covers their zig-zagging in the high dessert trying to get back to San Diego.

I chose this book originally for the what-if set up but continued reading as it was an interesting narrative for my road narrative project. Road trips are usually focused on people in control — people of means.

This is a story of vulnerable, scared, and grieving children. They make some stupid decisions in a desperate push to get back to the only place that feels like home to them. What this book shows is just how large and dangerous the open road can be. Not dangerous from the people driving, but from the elements themselves.

Five stars

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