Reagan didn’t have the best upbringing, and consequently she let that affect who she chose in men to date. A lot of them were scumbags, and the latest one pushed her limits on how low she would treat herself. She resolves to turn her life around and start respecting herself and she couldn’t have done it without her best friends help. Known to the rest of the world as Lilah Montgomery, to Reagan she is simply Dee, the girl she grew up with and relies on even if she doesn’t want to admit it.
Reagan and Dee had the kind of friendship that most girls could only hope for. They were closer than sisters and where one would fall short, the other would help her up. It was the kind of friendship that I wish I saw more in YA lit, inspiring and absolutely beautiful.
They spend the summer together on Dee’s tour bus as they jet across the United States for Dee’s tour. Reagan takes pictures of fans conspicuously, watches as Dee and the swooooooony Matt collaborate on music together, and facing some serious difficulties that test their friendship along the way.
I lovedlovedloved the romance in Open Road Summer. It was adorable but understated, rocky and clear as day how perfect they were for each other. But the best yet, was that the boy didn’t “fix” the screwed up girl, like an overdone trope in YA that we all know of. Reagan grew throughout the novel, with the help of her best friend, a boy who genuinely cared for her and an environment that allowed her to get some perspective on things. It was eventual and not altogether easy for her to get past somethings, and I loved the way things turned out.
Open Road Summer is a beautiful story of a friendship with incredibly strong bonds, a sweet romance that lit up the pages and a summer that opened up the eyes of a girl quite possibly too stubborn to see her own worth. Pick this book up as soon as you can.