Jamie Ortega
SYNOPSIS:Robin can't believe it when her boyfriend, Chris, tells her that his parents have enrolled him in a summer program in Rome. It's their last summer together before he goes away to college, and now they won't even have that time together. It feels like the worst thing that's ever happened to her.Since Chris is leaving, Robin agrees to join her aunt and cousins on a cross-country road trip, in spite of her reservations — she and her younger cousins have never really gotten along, and since their father's death they've become even more problematic than before.

Soon the four of them are zigzagging through the West on an eye-opening journey. They explore parts of the country Robin never dreamed existed — and she discovers inner resources she never imagined she had.

I came across this book when I was still in Los Baños. I bought it in BOOK SALE where books are dirt cheap and I was first drawn to the cover design. Sadly it's still at my aunt's place in Los Baños along with atleast 20 more books boxed up.

I was really able to relate with it being seventeen and inlove and staying with relatives and just being in that stage where change is inevitable. The characters are colorful, the scenes are picturesque and the drama is all you can ask for. ;) The girl, Robin, is honestly such a needy somewhat immature in the beginning but she transforms quite beautifully.

I will always hate myself for leaving those books behind especially this one. This has a special place in my heart.

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Jamie Ortega