Summer is in full swing, and so is your PTO! And what better way to spend your time off than a long car ride to wherever the heck isn’t home – accompanied by an audiobook of course. These listens will have you enthralled in adventure, romance, and life lessons that will make the middle seat a little less miserable.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Have you ever wondered what happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? Well, now you have. When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young English royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House PR staff. There’s only one problem: Alex has actual beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. When the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. This listen will take you through every emotion and distract you from the never-ending car ride to the beach.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Now, what else will have you at the edge of the middle seat like this mystery of a missing girl on a journey of revenge? Growing up on her own, Sadie has been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world comes crashing down until she begins the journey to bring her sister justice. When a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Uncovering the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child, Jacqueline Woodson’s storytelling will take you mile by mile to your destination. On the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody’s coming of age ceremony in her grandparents’ Brooklyn brownstone, she wears a special custom-made dress. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody’s mother, for her own ceremony— a celebration that ultimately never took place.
Red at the Bone takes you through the thought process and decision-making of young people, showing their perspective where they must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives, well before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be. This heartfelt, and at times gut-wrenching listen, will never leave you bored, staring out the window.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
What better story to listen to than one all about where you are headed: vacation and the people there. Poppy and Alex have nothing in common. She has incurable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book (or an audiobook). Yet somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together. Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. After much time apart, they agreed on one more shot. Now she has a week to fix everything, but only if she can finally get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their ~seemingly~ perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
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