The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn
Romantic Comedy, Humor
Published: January 12, 2016
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.
This is by far the FUNNIEST book I have ever read in my entire life. OMG. I found myself laughing out loud so many times with tears streaming down my face… Geez, this was good! So far, this is my FAVORITE book of 2016. I just cannot get over how good it was. Not only did it incorporate the best humor that you typically only find with comedians, but there were some really sweet moments too. Gah, this is amazing. If you haven’t read it yet you really need to!
So this book centers around a road trip between three family members (and a friend of the family-Porter) as they are living out their mother’s memory. This one last hurrah before Marley’s brother, Paul, gets hitched. Within each leg of the road trip, something funny goes down. We’ve got hilarious sibling pranks, some pretty awkward and cringe worthy moments, and a bit of a romance. You see, Marley has been in love with her brother’s best friend Porter since they were kids. And as he is their guest on the trip, old flames begin to ignite. But with all the embarrassing stuff going on, and a long run hatred for the way they left things back at prom, it’s hard to give into those flames. Also, that moment where Marley gets explosive diarrhea in the RV (without a working toilet) doesn’t help the situation…
The entire plot is fun, filled with humor, and very sweet once you get to the root of Marley and Porter’s problems. While I found myself LOL’ing through most of the book, I have to admit there were some teary moments as well. Yes, the book does have a serious side and it’s what lays under the humor that will really touch your heart.
Marley is the best female lead in a book that I have ever met. She is fun, flirty, has a badass attitude, and knows how to pull of the best pranks ever. She also has a sweet and sensitive side and you can see this through her interaction with her father, Bernie. Marley’s character is what makes this book whole and without her in it, it would not be the same. She is the perfect mixture of sass and fun.
Porter is the friend of the family. He and Paul (Marley’s brother) have been friends forever (since they were kids anyway) and he is the best man at Paul’s wedding. He is tall, dark, and handsome. He has the perfect V…. AND a beard. DELICIOUS. He is also very sweet and charming and I totally swooned for him. Really, there need to be more Porter’s in the world. While some readers may not forgive Porter for leaving Marley on her prom night, it should be known that he has a very specific and understandable reason for doing so. I know this may turn people off, but I promise you, he is honestly the best male role in a long time and has a strong heart. I loved him,
Along with these two, there is Paul (Marley’s brother). If I didn’t know any better, I would have assumed he was gay due to the way he carries himself. He is also a total drama queen, screams like a teenage girl on her period, and is deathly afraid of spiders. No one (including readers) can quite understand how this man was ever in the army or how he was ever able to get a girl to marry him. He is by far the funniest character in the story. I loved him to pieces and REALLY would love to see a story that revolves around him and his wife Savannah!
I don’t usually write super long reviews because it’s not always helpful to readers who just want a quick YAY or NAY on a book. But this one deserved it. This book has so many amazing qualities and I think readers need to know what they are getting themselves into before diving into this one. It is literally pee-your-pants funny and by far the BEST comedy I have EVER read. If I could rate this book 6 stars or above, I would. That is simply how amazing this one is. Finally, just because I mention all of the humor in this book, don’t let it fool you. There is a romance aspect of this book and it is GOOD. So, like I said, if you haven’t picked up this book yet I strongly suggest doing so. It. Is. Simply. Amazing.