Marley McMann grew up on a farm in New York and still is a country girl at heart even after spending the last four years in California. When her father and brother arrive on her doorstep proposing that they take a trip in the old family RV along the Mother Road (Route 66) that their mother had planned before she passed away from cancer years before, how could Marley turn them down. Paul is getting married soon and Marley being so far away this could be their last family bonding moment not only spending time together but remembering their mother.
Little did Marley know that Paul had invited along his best friend Porter Smith. Porter grew up living next to the McCann’s and was like a son and brother to this family. Somewhere along the way though Marley began to see Porter as more than another brother and began to fall in love with him. Porter however broke Marley’s heart when he refused their relationship so seeing him again is not what Marley wanted for this trip.
I think what drew me into being interested in reading The Mother Road was simply the trip along good old Route 66. This is something that I’d love to do myself but never had but the thought of a family heading to all the wacky touristy sites along the way was just so appealing and the fact that others were saying how they laughed so hard reading this I just had to check it out for myself, I am so glad that I did. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Mother Road but something drew me in and didn’t let me go until the end.
The book is completely full of over the top juvenile humor that starting off I thought that it would probably end up annoying me. Boy was I ever wrong. There were moments during reading that I couldn’t even keep reading the words I was laughing so hard that tears would start falling down my face. I never really pegged myself to be a fan of penis and poop jokes but this hilarious family proved me wrong. Marley and Paul picked up their childhood feuding the minute the trip starts and it didn’t take long at all before it became hilarious. Their father, Bernie, could jump in at any moment and add to the hilarity or he could immediately diffuse whatever situation from just a raise of the eyebrow.
All of the humor aside though, somewhere along route 66 I began to fall in love with this family and particularly Marley and Porter and their renewed relationship. I’m not even quite sure where it happened as I must have missed it between all the laughter during the early pages. By the end of this story though the sentimental sucker that I am I was grabbing my tissues for a completely opposite reaction, there’s a couple of moments at the end that will truly touch your heart.
Overall, I highly recommend checking out this hilarious tale of family bonding, I would warn though there is some foul language and a ton of crude humor. I hadn’t read Meghan Quinn before but I would certainly love to again sometime after reading this book.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.