This book reminded me a lot of John Green’s Paper Towns because part of the story is wrapped up in a guy thinking he knows everything about the girl he’s in love with only to find out he’s completely wrong. Also, it’s a roadtrip book which I always love! But Lacour is able to go a little deeper and her writing has a different introspective style. And the music theme running throughout this book is so good! The characters make references to the punk Riot Grrrl movement from the 90s as Bev is a huge Sleater Kinney fan, Meg is in love with the girl bands from the 50s and 60s like The Supremes, and Colby grew up around music because his dad and Uncle Pete were in a band. At one point, Alexa discovers the band Heart and falls in love with their power ballad anthems. As someone who wore out Heart's self titled cassette in junior high, I loved Alexa getting emotional over the synths and harmonies and the sisterhood Heart represents.
As they drive from town to town in a vintage VW bus, Colby struggles to figure out his next move and reconcile his feelings for Bev. This book isn’t a typical romance book, and is more of a story about self discovery and friend discovery. It’s about the space between beginnings and endings, and what that means for each of the characters as they try to navigate the world. I love this book so much I made a playlist to go along with it! Check it out here!