Memorial Hall Library

Take a road trip with teen fiction

Summer vacation is ending but there's still time to enjoy a road trip. If you can't get out on the road yourself, live vicariously through these young adult novels. There's something for everyone in this list: funny, scary, and poignant. Take them for a test drive!


	The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue
The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue
by Mackenzi Lee

Two friends on a Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe stumble across a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt shaped by pirates, highwaymen and their growing attraction to one another. Simultaneous eBook. 40,000 first printing.

	The museum of intangible things
The museum of intangible things
by Wendy Wunder

Best friends Hannah and Zoe flee their disappointing adolescence and hit the road; along the way, Hannah tries to keep Zoe sane, and Zoe dares Hannah to celebrate concepts sadly missing from her life: audacity, karma, God and love—magnificent, intangible things with no practical purpose but when embraced, can change everything.

	The Disenchantments
The Disenchantments
by Nina LaCour

Colby's post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Beth would tour with her band then spend a year in Europe, but when she announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.

	Going bovine
Going bovine
by Libba Bray

Dealing with an illness that will soon result in his death, 16-year-old Cam is intrigued by the stories told by an eccentric girl named Dulcie and so is encouraged to go on a wild road trip across America where their search for a special cure will lead them to the strangest places on the map. Simultaneous.

	Kissing in America
Kissing in America
by Margo Rabb

Seeking comfort in romance novels and poetry after the death of her father, 16-year-old Eva forges a bond with Will and begins coming out of her shell until Will's sudden move to California forces her to confront painful realities. Simultaneous eBook. 75,000 first printing.

	Don't fail me now
Don't fail me now
by Una LaMarche

Meeting for the first time, interracial half-siblings Michelle, an impoverished African-American whose mother is in prison, and Leah, a white, middle-class college-prep student, embark on a cross-country road trip to confront their absentee father before he dies. Simultaneous eBook. 25,000 first printing.

	How Not to Disappear
How Not to Disappear
by Clare Furniss

In England, newly pregnant seventeen-year-old Hattie and her gin-drinking great-aunt Gloria, who is in the early stages of dementia, set out together on a road trip of self-discovery--Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are wiped from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future.

	In real life
In real life
by Jessica Love

When her senior year spring break plans are ruined by a rule-breaker, Hannah impulsively embarks on a road trip to Vegas to meet an online friend she's never met but with whom she has been communicating since she was in 8th grade, in order to declare her feelings for him. By the co-author of Push Girl. Simultaneous eBook.

	Catacomb
Catacomb
by Madeleine Roux

Embarking on a road trip to New Orleans after the events of their senior year, Dan, Abby and Jordan realize that they are being followed and photographed before Dan begins receiving messages from someone he believes is dead. Simultaneous eBook. 125,000 first printing.

	Jess, Chunk, and the road trip to infinity
Jess, Chunk, and the road trip to infinity
by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

A transgender teen who was a boy when she last saw her estranged father embarks on a road trip halfway across the country with her best friend to attend her father's wedding, an adventure that reveals personal truths about the traveling pair and their feelings for one another. By the award-winning author of Freakboy. Simultaneous eBook.