Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn't "fit in." She's never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness - and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends.
Aside from contracting mono and repeatedly getting herself lost, Angeli's adventure is mired by more unforeseen glitches - like being detained by Canadian authorities, and a near-death experience at the hands of an overzealous amateur wrestler. Her odyssey is complicated further when she unwittingly earns the affections of two young men. One a privileged martial artist; the other a talented techie with a colorful past.
Bewildered by the emotions they stir, Angeli spurns the idea of a doomed long-distance relationship. But she is unprepared for the determination of her hopeful suitors. In the wake of her refusal, one man will betray her, and the other will prove himself worthy of a place in her future.
Angeli sets off in search of a better understanding of herself, the world, and her place in it. What she finds is an impractical love, with the potential to restore her faith in happy endings.
A true story with an unapologetically honest outlook on life, love, faith, and adventure - Once Upon A Road Trip is a coming-of-age memoir.
"A true coming-of-age memoir, and a fabulous read."
"Once Upon A Road Trip is an engaging read with lots of interesting developments that keep the reader hinged to see what will happen next."
"What a grand adventure! Angie deems her tale, 'running away from destiny, or headlong into it,' and takes the reader cross-country and into Canada on a charmingly wacky 6,000 mile jaunt."
"Blount's debut coming-of-age tale is charming. Readers ride shotgun, gazing at the beautiful landscapes and meeting the interesting people Angeli discovers while traveling from Minnesota to New York and beyond."