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The Road Trip Dialogues - Book Review

The Road Trip Dialogues Book Review

2 / 5 stars ⋆⋆

The Road Trip Dialogues is a story of two old friends who haven’t met for twenty years who meet and catch up after Rev offers Dylan to ride with her to see the fireworks in Montreal. This was an interesting concept as there was very little action and, as the title suggests, mostly dialogue.

Rev features as a force to be reckoned with, abiding by her own laws in her mission to change the world and teach rational thinking, refusing to be tied down with an organisation’s rules. Rev’s philosophical tangents were fodder for an overthinker such as me, particularly with her argument about starving children in the world. I had a barrage of thoughts often starting with the words ‘why’, ‘how’, and ‘what if’. I almost wanted to tell this character to slow down so we could dissect what she was saying further.

As a comedy, there are moments where it ambles and chats in a very light manner. However, the tone changes between a normal, slightly comedically forced, conversation and a deep philosophical protest was difficult to keep up with.

I do hesitate to call The Road Trip Dialogues ‘philosophical’, however. The more I read, the more I was left with the distinct impression that several arguments were being made arguing one point of view without discussing the other perspectives, which proved frustrating, particularly at the student debt chapter.

There is a certain set up in this chapter that makes students appear freeloading, partying drunkards, inarticulate, and confused about what they want, but there is no real in-depth discussion into their perspectives or intentions. I cannot speak for all university students, but from my time at university campuses, many of the students were intelligent, compassionate, fiercely political, and happy to debate and discuss. This type of student was, perhaps conveniently, not included or acknowledged.

The scenarios in which the two characters find themselves is convenient in which it provides ample opportunity to start Rev’s opinions on certain subjects. But when philosophy is one-sided and with no real plot attached to it, that philosophy turns into opinions, and I felt as if I was stuck at a bar with a drunk man who was ranting about everything wrong with the world, who preferred to be listened to rather than spoken to or responded to. It would be harsh not to acknowledge Dylan’s brief lines of opposition, but his easy-going nature means after a line or two he caves quickly and ends up agreeing with Rev’s views. This, combined with the tone change between light-hearted conversation and heated views about serious subjects, made the purpose of this book not entirely clear to me.

I’m afraid this was the very first book in my life I DNF (did not finish), as there was a distinct lack of plot, aside from the characters driving to see fireworks. I apologise if there is a plot later on, but at the 88 page mark out of 278 pages I really did not see myself reading much further to find one. As readers, there are many times we are placed as ‘flies-on-the-wall’, observing from an outsider’s perspective the goings on of a story. Still, even in that context, we manage to be immersed. Unfortunately, this time, the ‘fly-on-the-wall’ set up did not grip me. If you approach this book from a comedy perspective, you might be left feeling confused by the heavy tone changes. If you approach this book from an introspective point of view, you might find more luck, though personally I would have liked to delve a little deeper and discuss these perspectives a little more.

This all being said, it is not written badly, it just lacks direction. Still, perhaps that is what defines life itself! To constantly be caught between the heavy and the light, to make the best of it and make out voices known, whatever they might say, on this journey of life, unaware of where it may take us.

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