Four for the Road by K.J. Reily

5+ stars Fiction YA

  “We’re all just trying really hard to cling to something we’re not entirely sure can hold us up.”

I read this book over 2 months ago yet as I think about these characters and their story, I am reliving every moment of this fantastic book! It’s only been 12 months, 3 weeks, 1 day, 6 hours, and 14 minutes since Asher’s mother died. As the thick smoke fills the house and makes seeing the television screen impossible, Asher continues watching the television as the fire consumes his home. In the hospital, the support groups that Asher initially walks into provides more than just support for him.

Asher meets a variety of individuals and I loved every single one of them.  With unique personalities and stories, these individuals have so much to offer while still dealing with their own issues.  

  “We’re all just trying really hard to cling to something we’re not entirely sure can hold us up.”

As the groups gathers, Asher hears his own struggles and pain coming from the mouths of those around him.  These individuals know the battles and scars that he has, he’s not walking alone.

       “I’m not completely alone in my head with this monster.”

Asher needs closure so he can move on and these individuals are there for him. With a list of questions, Asher decides to find the answers.  It’s a road trip and Asher is not going alone. The new friends that he includes in this ride are perfect.  I was smiling, laughing, and enjoying this car trip so much.  What a ride!  The group does more than just get answers to Asher’s questions, they have an adventure.   Everyone benefits from this excursion.    

With short chapters, fun and entertaining characters, this was one book that I couldn’t put down.  I enjoyed the author’s use of language as there were many great passages inside this book.  I thought the author did a great job handling the topics covered inside this book.  One of the best books I read this year.  I highly recommend it!!! 5+ stars

   “Then I start thinking about how many grieving groups they would need to have just for the 10,262 people killed last year by drunk drivers and how there just aren’t enough days in the week to take care of that many people with dead family members so I just sit down on the garage steps and think about hammers and baseball bats and then my dad sits down next to me.”

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