Sunday, August 06, 2006

Hit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney

On the first day of Brit's summer vacation, her parents leave for an Alaskan cruise. They entrust Brit's care to Nannie (or rather Nannie's care to Brit). Nannie has recently lost her driver's license and her car because Brit's mother feels Nannie has become senile. Nannie fights back by renting a large van and attempting to take her old college roomates to their 65th reunion. When Nannie discovers her inability to drive the large van, Brit must take over, only having her license for a short time. Along the way, Nannie and Brit must stage a kidnapping of Auriela, Nannie's former roomate being kept in a nursing home against her will by her contrary son Aston the Third.

I found the book incredibly entertaining, but a little cliched and over-the-top. There are several subplots in the book that make it much more interesting and complex. The characters brighten up the story for me, especially the "girls" (Nannie's former college roomates). I think it ended rather abruptly, with many untied ends. Parts of the book were laugh-out-loud funny, while others were a bit overextended. Certainly an entertaining summer read.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8
Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Skopje, N/A Macedonia

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