Teen Road Trip Novels!

road trip book cover by Jim and Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, J.

A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy.

This One Time with Julia book coverThis One Time With Julia by David Lampson

YA LAMPSON, D.

Joe’s twin brother has disappeared, and his brother’s girlfriend, Julia, takes eighteen-year-old Joe on a road trip that changes his life.

Kissing In America book coverKissing in America by Margo Rabb

YA RABB, M.

When she falls for a boy who moves to California without any warning, sixteen-year-old Eva and her best friend, Annie, set off on a road trip to the West Coast to see him again, confronting the complex truth about love along the way.

16things#16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler

YA GURTLER, J.

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, she takes a road trip with her friends to find her real dad.

DamagedDamaged by Amy Reed

YA REED, A.

Numb after the death of her best friend, Camille, Kinsey starts to shut down but Hunter, Camille’s mysterious boyfriend, has other ideas and whisks Kinsey off on a multi-state road trip to forget the ghosts of their pasts and their own fears.

Man Made Boy book coverMan Made Boy by Jon Skovron

YA SF SKOVRON, J.

Tired of being sheltered from humans, seventeen-year-old Boy, son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride of Frankenstein, runs away from home and embarks on a wild road trip that takes him across the country and deep into the heart of America.

 

 

HoneyBabySweetheartHoney, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

YA CALETTI, D.

In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about “the real ties that bind” people to one another.

 

HittheRoadHit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney

YA COONEY, C.

Sixteen-year-old Brittany acts as chauffeur for her grandmother and three other eighty-plus-year-old women going to what is supposedly their college reunion, on a long drive that involves lies, theft, and kidnappings.

 

 

CarTroubleCar Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau

YA DUPRAU, J.

Early one August morning, seventeen-year-old computer “nerd” Duff Pringle leaves Richmond, Virginia, in a newly-acquired used car and begins an unexpectedly convoluted journey to San Jose, California, and the job that awaits him there.

 

 

InSearchMockingbirdIn Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth

YA ELLSWORTH, L.

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Erin receives her long-dead mother’s diary, which reveals that she too revered Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and wanted to be a writer, and Erin impulsively decides to take the Greyhound bus from St. Paul, Minnesota to Monroeville, Alabama, to visit the reclusive author.

 

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines book cover by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

 

BecomingChloeBecoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde

YA HYDE, C.

A gay teenage boy and a fragile teenage girl meet while living on the streets of New York City and eventually decide to take a road trip across America to discover whether or not the world is a beautiful place.

HowtoBeBadHow to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle

YA LOCKHART, E.

Told in alternating voices, Jesse, Vicks, and Mel, hoping to leave all their worries and woes behind, escape their small town by taking a road trip to Miami.

 

ZigZagZigZag by Ellen Wittlinger

YA WITTLINGER, E.

A high-school junior makes a trip with her aunt and two cousins, discovering places she did not know existed and strengths she did not know she had.