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When I Hit the Road

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Girl's road trip with grandma is fast, fun, meaningful.

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age 2+

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age 2+


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In this fun and mostly lighthearted story, Sam is likable even when she's wallowing in self-pity, because she has an awareness that she's wallowing. She knows when she's thinking or acting selfishly, and she owns up to it. When I Hit the Road is a little slow to start, and Sam's narration is a bit clunky at first, but the pace picks up and the writing smooths out quickly, making for a fast, fun read with tons of heart. Sam's attempt to shield her controlling mother from more stress shows just how this age group struggles to jump between being a child and an adult -- and how often adults expect these kids to know when to take on more responsibility and when to step back and let "real" adults make the decisions.

Sam has tons of self-doubt but soon discovers she's not alone with those feelings, and this road-trip adventure is filled with both life lessons and lots of laughs.

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