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Thou Shalt Not Road Trip [Kindle Edition]

Antony John
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the award-winning author of Five Flavors of Dumb comes a novel featuring one crazy road trip full of rejection, redemption, and romance. Perfect for fans of John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, or Sara Zarr’s Once Was Lost.
Sixteen-year-old Luke’s self-help book Hallelujah has become a national bestseller and his publisher is sending him on a cross-country book tour along the historic Route 66. Unfortunately for Luke, his irresponsible older brother Matt is coming along as chauffeur. When Matt offers to drive Luke’s ex-crush, Fran, across the country too, things really get crazy. In this journey of self-discovery, Luke has to loosen up and discover what it truly means to have faith to win the girl he loves.

"A highly readable balance of humor, heart, self-discovery, and shenanigans."—BCCB
"Christian values are conveyed with humor, devoid of potentially preachy pitfalls."—School Library Journal
"Features multifaceted teens whose faith is integrated with their thinking but doesn't define them completely . . . [A]n upbeat read with a unique premise, great settings, and just a little more."—Booklist

Editorial Reviews


"A highly readable balance of humor, heart, self-discovery, and shenanigans." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Christian values are conveyed with humor, devoid of potentially preachy pitfalls." — School Library Journal

"Features multifaceted teens whose faith is integrated with their thinking but doesn't define them completely . . . [A]n upbeat read with a unique premise, great settings, and just a little more." — Booklist

About the Author

Antony John won the Schneider Family Book Award for his novel Five Flavors of Dumb. As a choirboy in England, he got to hear a whole lot of confusing theological discussions. Throw in a spiritual connection with Route 66, and you get Thou Shalt Not Road Trip. He lives with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.

Product Details

  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (April 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Because I loved his first book, Five Flavors of Dumb, I asked the author for an ARC of his new book, Thou Shalt Not Road Trip, and he graciously complied. This does not bias my review.

This book is about a boy named Luke who writes a best-seller Hallelujah at Bible camp, and because of his growing fame, goes on book tour. He's piloted by his older brother Matt, who just happens to bring his girlfriend, Alex, and her sister, Fran. Luke has a complicated history with Fran, and this trip just magnifies how far they've grown apart.

I'll admit I had a love and hate relationship with this book. Antony John's strength lies in developing characters who are real and very flawed. Because of this, they are allowed to grow and change throughout the book. To me, Luke is not a very likeable guy. He's holier-than-thou, whiny, and almost embarrassingly naive. But when I dug into my own soul, I have known teenagers like him. And part of the reason I felt such a strong dislike for him is because I used to be him, once. So I should allow him grow as I have grown. While Luke was not likeable at the beginning, at the end, I could see glimpses of the adult that he might be.

There were other wonderful aspects of this book. Fran was a beautiful character who we learn to love more and more as the story progresses. Another character that I was completely surprised by was Colin, his agent. To me, his conversation near the end with Luke was probably one of the most true and poignant passages in the whole book.

I did have one significant issue with this book. To me, the passages of Luke's book were not that compelling. I couldn't fathom how it became a bestseller. Part of the problem is that the rest of the book is so well written. I feel that dichotomy worked against the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of ChickLovesLit . com June 19, 2012
By S Day
Antony John's FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB was a great, great contemporary, especially because the protagonist was a girl in a unique situation (deaf). Naturally seeing another book by the same author got me excited.

I had a lot of fun reading THOU SHALT NOT ROAD TRIP. It wasn't the same kind of book as FIVE FLAVORS was for me, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

Luke has had a book published from journal entries he wrote while at a church camp. This vaults him to instant popularity, as the masses absolutely love his book - so his publicist sends him on a book tour that requires him to drive across the country.

Actually doing the driving is Luke's brother Matt, and the dynamic between the brothers is fun - Matt is the irresponsible type, making Luke late for signings, using the publicists charge card to the max, and inviting his girlfriend on the trip (for obvious personal reasons). And Luke has to try to deal with it. His exasperation was entertaining, and added to the humor Antony John wrote throughout the book.

One of my favorite parts of THOU was the publishing/publicist storyline, probably because I'm interested in that in real life as well. Luke's publicist was a publicist from a distance, communicating via phone, and reading about Luke balancing his publicist and brother was a riot.

Though perhaps not 100% obvious from the title and synopsis, THOU SHALT NOT ROAD TRIP does have a religious slant, as Luke wrote a book about Christianity. I didn't find it to be overpowering, but it is definitely a theme in the book, especially as Luke tries to find himself and what he believes.

A solid book from John, THOU SHALT NOT ROAD TRIP entertained me. It didn't connect with me in the way that FIVE FLAVORS did, but it's still one that I would recommend for fans of road trips, or those who may be amused with the book publishing aspect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good! April 22, 2012
By Jude
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
~4/5 (Maybe 4.5/5)
I was hoping, even expecting, to really like this, especially because of how much I enjoyed John's second book, but then I was nervous when I found out that it was religious (which I didn't find out until I read another review, since I completely ignored the title. I was just like, Antony John['s new book]? WANT, and pre-ordered). (Which might not be surprising, if you've read this one review of mine...) I'm not too big on religion, so I was wary, and then I was surprised by how easily I got sucked into the book. Now, after reading it, I'm glad with how much I liked it, and am debating on its rating...
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip is about Luke, a boy who has written and published a book while still in high school, a book that he now, about a year later, feels very disconnected to. The book takes place when Luke goes on the tour for his book, a little over a week, with his brother Matt, his brother's girlfriend Alex, and Luke's old best friend and crush Fran. And during it all, he's kind of trying to find himself and deal with what happened around the time he wrote the book and after it got published.
So, I liked Luke. Mostly. Kind of. Well, he's sweet and I want to give him a hug, but at the same time, he's kind of self-centered and closed-minded and oblivious and I just want to shake him. But he's trying to get over those things, and he's getting better by the end of the book, so I feel that things are looking up for him, and I'm glad. 'cause even when he bothered me, (and probably because of how well-written he was,) I enjoyed being in his head.
We get to know Matt pretty well, and I wasn't a big fan of his. He's kind of a... um, jerk (douche, I feel, is a better word, but I don't like that word, and so am refraining from using it).
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Antony John was born in England and raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips, obscure British comedies, and ABBA's Greatest Hits. In a fit of teenage rebellion, he decided to pursue a career in classical music, culminating in a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Duke University. Along the way, he worked as an ice cream seller on a freezing English beach, a tour guide in the Netherlands, a chauffeur in Switzerland, a barista in Seattle, and a university professor. Writing by night, he spends his days as a stay-at-home dad--the only job that allows him to wear his favorite pair of sweatpants all the time. He lives in St. Louis with his family.

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