Published by Self-Published on 1/12/16
Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.
It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.
What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.
I really had high hopes for this one. I read The Virgin Romance Novelist last year and I loved it. While it had its moments of being over the top and ridiculous, it was nowhere near the level of The Mother Road.
I actually quite liked it in the beginning. It was entertaining and engaging, especially the tension between Marley and Porter. The first half certainly had moments that made me shake my head or scrunch up my face in disgust, but not nearly as bad as the last half. I felt so disgusted so many times that I felt that it went way beyond the point of being funny. I felt like Meghan was trying her best to be funny with a shock factor and it just fell completely flat for me.
I tend to have a pretty dirty sense of humor and it was way over the top for me. I felt like so many things that Marley and her brother Paul did to each other, and even some of the things her dad said, weren’t things that anybody would actually do or say. It came off very unrealistic. She just seemed to be trying way too hard to be funny and gross.
I think this one just wasn’t meant to work for me. There were moments when I enjoyed it and even once I remember laughing out loud pretty hard, but it got to the point where I had to skim and I wasn’t invested in the characters or story anymore. I’m really bummed because I was hoping this was the sort of lighthearted romance that I was looking for but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
I think if you can appreciate an insane amount of toilet humor, family road trip shenanigans and need something to escape for a while then maybe you’d enjoy this book. Sadly, it wasn’t my favorite.