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Published by Macmillan Children's Books on 10th June 2014
A funny, uplifting debut about running, romance—and dealing with college rejection and other hurdles
On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges—including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love—and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined.
Sometimes I go through a lot of ups and downs with a book as I read it. I never know how I truly feel about the book until it’s over and that is exactly how I feel with On the Road to Find Out.
Let me get one thing clear: I did not like Alice. As a character, I found her rude, selfish and extremely ungrateful. So she got rejected from college. So what? A lot of people do. A lot of people deal with a lot more crap at 18 than getting rejected from a college. She was so out of order, particularly with the way she treated her parents and her ‘best friend’ Jenni. Particularly her mother, who just tried her best to be there for Alice, even when Alice pushed her away. I’ve never known a character to get under my skin as much as she did. But maybe that’s because I saw more of myself in Alice than I really wanted to.
However, I did like the journey Alice went on. The running storyline and how she improved gave me something positive to focus on, and almost almost inspired me into taking on my own challenge. (I’m not quite convinced, but to get me thinking about it again is impressive.) The way Alice’s running developed was so important and the better she got, the nicer a person she seemed to become.
The romance was a bit meh for me, I could take it or leave it if I’m honest. The great thing about it was that it wasn’t the main story. The romance could’ve been taken away from the entire book and the story would have still remained and I commend Toor for that.
I would recommend giving On the Road to Find Out a go, purely because it’s unheard of for me to hate the main character in a book but still enjoy the book overall. Something about this book kept me reading it every spare moment I got, but it also meant it was over far too quickly for my liking!