Book Title: The Mother Road
Author: Meghan Quinn
Point of View: Double (Marley McMann & Porter Smith)
Writing Style: First Person
Setting: Mostly Route 66.
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Comedy Romance
HEA: SPOILER Yes
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“Marley, put the axe down and step away from the flannels,” Porter says, hands extended, as if he wants to help. “You’re not in a good frame of mind. This is not who you are. You’re not an axe wielding psychopath looking to make a pile of long sleeved cotton into your very own plaid colored mulch,” Paul tries to convince me. “Buttons, please put the axe down. We can talk about whatever is bothering you. Please don’t chop up Daddy’s Americana flannel shirt.”
Are you looking for a light, laugh out loud contemporary? Want a bit of road trip action and some hilarious family moments? If you answered yes then the tale of ‘The Three Beards and the Mascara Brush’ is definitely one to pick up! That quote up above is what initially convinced me to pick up this book and boy did I not regret it at all. I plowed through this book and I loved every second.
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’ve never read any of Quinn’s previous works but I’ll definitely be on the lookout from now on, she writes with such a blunt humourous style and I couldn’t get enough. I felt such a longing when reading the pranks and antics between Marley and Paul, they have such an amazing connection for siblings – or maybe it’s normal to anyone who doesn’t have an Autistic brother? – I honestly could have read an entire book about pranks those two played on one another, and the bet that Marley won? The one that made Porter do something so obscenely stupidly hilarious? Oh this books was just such a hit for me. I don’t think I’ve laughed that much because of a book in such a long time. I loved Marley’s break down, I loved how her and Porter’s relationship evolved, I loved everything except maybe the whale story (scared for life!)?
I was especially happy that Quinn didn’t just say that Marley was a Beauty Blogger than leave it there. She included it in the plot line of the story and made sure she continued working throughout the roadtrip, which made the book feel believable. I know that doesn’t sound very important but there are so many contemporary novels where a character has a job, and a family, but they’re basically never brought up after the initial introduction of them, so I liked that the job was included. Also it made me want to go and grab my foundation and mascara and doll myself up; however it was 10:30 pm and the only bathroom we had in the hotel was connected to my parents bedroom so that wasn’t going to happen.
Quinn wrote with wit, humour and spunk that I adored. The story captures a wonderfully dysfunctional family, I loved the little ‘things’ they did. Such as the mooning, the polaroid pictures, the hot dogs, the naming inanimate things; it just made the characters that much more interestings. The writing style was one I was easily able to grab onto and the plot was strong enough with the dialogue that I couldn’t put it down and I finished it in one sitting.
Overall I highly recommend this book, I don’t normally find ‘comedy’ books funny – I have a weird sense of humour – and I usually read more dramatic (well this book has drama but a very different kind of drama) contemporaries that deal with ‘real life problems’ such as abuse, illness or just an antagonist in general. But I found The Mother Road to be extremely funny and perfectly light and dramatic without having an antagonist. In this regard I found The Mother Road to be extremely refreshing in regards to my contemporary reading and I plan on reading it again, maybe I’ll use it as a palette cleanser between all the paranormal and fantasy? Whatever the case this book was superb, I’ve been recommending it to everyone even my mother who freaked out at the swearing in the first few pages (which was hilarious because we were on a plane and people were looking at her funny) and my male non-reading math nerd friends.
Thank you Meghan Quinn for writing such a wonderful book!
As a side note, I really want to go on a roadtrip now…..
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Please note, as usual, I have not proofread or edited this review.