Hey, bookish friends! Today I’ve got another book review for you. Lately I’ve been enjoying YA contemporaries so I thought I’d finally give my review for my absolute favorite YA contemporary— Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston!
This book is amazing! I read it last August and fell love with it. The entire trilogy is awesome. In fact I’ve got a review of the entire trilogy right here on my blog but I decided to leave my review for each individual book. They definitely deserve it!
I wrote this review right after I finished the book so my feelings and thoughts for it were fresh.
Emily Curtis is used to dealing with her problems while under the hood of an old Chevy, but when her mom dies, Emily’s world seems shaken beyond repair. Driven from home by hospital bills they can’t pay, Emily and her dad move in with his wealthy sister, who intends to make her niece more feminine—in other words, just like Whitney, Emily’s perfect cousin. But when Emily hears the engine of a 1970 Dodge Challenger, and sees the cute gearhead, Zander, next door, things seem to be looking up. But even working alongside Zander can’t completely fix the hole in Emily’s life. Ever since her mom died, Emily hasn’t been able to pray, and no one—not even Zander—seems to understand. But sometimes the help you need can come from the person you least expect.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars
I loved this book more than I ever thought I would. I finished it in a day and that rarely happens with me. There’s so much I loved about it. Honestly, it was the book I needed at the moment and those always are so special to me.
I related to Emily on so many different levels. She was one of those characters that I feel kindred spirits with. She’s a big introvert, she’s different from other girls her age, and she has her insecurities. She’s not perfect. She has her doubts and her struggles. She feels misunderstood, like no one “gets her”. She feels like a misfit and unknown. Sometimes she just needs her time alone to sort things out and realize how she’s feeling. And I felt that a lot! My heart went out to her and I sympathized her so much because I honestly can’t imagine what that would be like to go what she went through. I just really liked that Emily isn’t perfect but she’s flawed. It was feels so good to be able to relate!
The side characters really captured my heart too— Zander was such a great guy. Plus I really like his name!. At the surface you think he’s just one of those popular guys but he’s so much more than that. He was so sweet. Chelsea was such a fun, caring character and a really good friend. She reached out to Emily and really went out of her way to show how much she cared. Whitney was a character that I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like at the beginning but as the story progressed, I really started to like her and see her in a different light. She became one of my favorites!
There’s a lot of aspects to the story that I liked a whole lot. Zander and Emily’s love story was my favorite kind, best friends to falling in love. 🙂 Their relationship was so good. It wasn’t shallow but was meaningful while also really fun. I also really like that the romance isn’t what the entire story revolves around. There’s a lot more to it. It’s the perfect balance.
For me, this was just the story I needed right now. Just a story about a seventeen year old girl trying to find her way in the world and figure out what it’s all about. Being a teenager can be really confusing and hard at times and this story really captures that. I could relate in so many ways and the whole message really touched me in a way I didn’t know it would. God is there even when we don’t realize it or feel His presence. “There Was Jesus” by Zach Williams is a really good song for this book.
This story really impacted and inspired me. It also made me think a lot. I teared up not just once but many, many times in this book because a lot of stuff hit me. But, I also found myself smiling and snickering a lot too. I think it’s just really cool how you never know which books will speak to you. You never know whenever you pick up a book that it might just be something in it that will touch you. You may read a dozen or more books and not feel or think much about it but then you’ll randomly pick up a book and it’ll become special to you because it spoke to you in that time in your life. And one book might touch one person but another person won’t think anything about it. We’re all on our own journeys, facing different things, on different walks of life. I just find it neat. 🙂
Anyways, I’ve rambled long enough!! I loved this book and I wanted to document these late night thoughts before I forget them. I also want to remember how I connected with this book!
I recommend this book completely, especially to teen girls!!! It’s clean and inspiring. We need more books like this in the Christian YA genre. 🙂
I read this trilogy a year ago and I still think about it so often. The characters and story have really stuck with me.
One of the reasons I love writing book reviews is because I love looking back at them every now and then just so I can remember how I felt the first time I read the book, and what stood out to me. That’s why so many of my reviews include my fangirl gushing. I love remembering those feelings. Ya know, my blog is a lot like my bookish diary! 😂
Thanks for taking time to stop by! I hope you enjoyed your visit. And I hope I inspired you to read this book! It’s an absolute favorite of mine.
I hope you have a great day, friends!