Hit the Road

Hit the Road

by Caroline B. Cooney

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Overview

Brit has had her driver’s license only 11 days when her parents drop her off to stay at her grandmother’s house for two weeks while they go on vacation. Little do they know Brit is headed for a three-state road trip with Nannie to pick up her college roommates, Florence, Aurelia, and Daisy, and bring them to their alma mater for their 65th—and most likely final—reunion.

A reluctant recruit at first, Brit is anxious as well as annoyed when she finds herself responsible for her fragile passengers. But things change as she sits behind the wheel up front and listens to “the girls” in the backseat laugh and reminisce about their 65 years of friendship. Inspired by their lifelong loyalty, Brit is willing to do whatever it takes to get the former college roommates to their reunion safely.

From bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, a heartwarming look at friendship, both young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440229292
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of Goddess of Yesterday (an ALA Notable Children’s Book); The Ransom of Mercy Carter; and The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA–CBC Children’s Choice). She lives in Westbrook, CT.

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Hit the Road 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
DF1A_SarinaZ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brittany is forced to stay with her grandmother while her parents go on a trip to Alaska. However, when her grandmother plans to go to her reunion and kidnap one of the "Buttermeres," Brittany begins to think it's a bit too much. Not to mention how she's illegally driving a renting car down dangerously fast highways.I liked how the "Buttermeres" always had something up their sleeves. The pace was a bit slow at times, though, while others were really fast in contrast.
red_dianthus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Britney is recruited by her elderly grandmother to drive across country and 'kidnap' a college friend who claims to have been forced into a home against her will. I enjoyed this book with the exception of the ending which felt rushed, as if the author suddenly remembered she only had 180 pages and had to end the story. Many issues were left unresolved and the interesting themes of teens gaining their independence while the elders lost theirs was basicly tossed aside while the adults and the boy she had a crush on suddenly appear to make the rescue. A great start with a disappointing end.
DeirdreHarris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This adventure book is about how newly-licensed Brittany, a sixteen year-old, is forced to drive her grandmother, Nannie, and her two former college roommates across country so that they can attend their sixty-fifth college reunion. The happily-ever-after ending is somewhat hare to swallow, but the bravery and spunk of the older characters, especially Nannie, keeps the book humorous and interesting for those reluctant readers. This is an effective book to use in the classroom to examine inter-generational relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HIT THE ROAD was a good book. Nothing really truly special. The book is about the four Buttermere girls: Nannie Rawlings, Florence "Flo" Mirsky, Aurelia Alan, Daisy Ferrer and Nannie's 16-year-old granddaughter with a drivers license as of 11 days ago: Brittney Anne Bowman. Poor Brit has been sent to stay with Nannie for two weeks while her parents go on a cruise in Alaska. Unbeknownst to them Brit ends up driving illegally across New England to get the four girls to reunion. This entails driving a gaint bronze Safari on the highway and kiddnapping Aurelia from her retirement home that her greedy son Aston 3 has put her. The whole book was very good. Me being 13 and all of my grandparents in their sixties and fully competent and able to drive, I couldn't relate to Brit personally. But it was funny and touching all the same. My one complaint was the end. There was not enough at the end. I wanted more, and not in a good way. You never even met Daisy...
DoctormomTX More than 1 year ago
THis is a wonderful book. It should be read by parents, children and grandchildren. My daughter recommended it since she and her "mother/daughter book club" read and enjoyed it. It is funny and gives you an inside look at the elderly and teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hit The Road is amazing. I think the book is different from others because, it talks a bout this 16 year old girl named Brit l that is stuck watching her grandmother for two weeks. Only because her parents took a vacation to Alaska. For Nanny (86 years old ) is nearly helpless without Brit. It's crazy how Nanny (Grandmother) is willing to kidnap her past college friends by the help of her granddaughter, because Nanny is to old. Brit who is illegally driving has a difficult time on the road. What I enjoyed the most was how Brit showed that she loved grandmother so much, by putting her future and trust of her parents at risk. Reading this book has made me realize how much Brit loved her grandmother. You should read this because it is full of problems that has to me solved, supence and mostly humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geek Squad-B Hit the road is about this girl who goes on this adventure all over the unted states with her grandma. Lots of exciting things happens. The part of the book i enjoyed the most was how the grandma was expecting to drive to a reunion when she couldnt drive. You should read this book because it is a great adventure from the beggining of the book to the end. Great Book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hit The Road" is about a girl named Brittany is on summer vacation and she is dropped off at her grandma's house. Little does she know she is going on an adventure. Nannie (the grandmother) is an old woman who cant see or hear that well, she is not allowed to drive because of Brit's mother cutting her drivers license in half . Nannie gets herself a rental car to go to a reunion but since she doesn't have her drivers license so Brit has to drive. Brit has only had her license for eleven days. Brit decided to drive for her. Brit didn't know where she was going and they were supposed to pickup three of Nannie's friends and one of them was going to have to be a kidnapping. The Aurelia they had to kidnap was in a nursing home and they had to find a way to sneak her out to the reunion. The part of this book I enjoyed the most was when they were doing the kidnapping because it was suspenseful. The part of this book I least liked was when Ashton keyed his own car to frame Brit, but then Rupert and Cooper videoed Ash keying his own car so he got caught trying to frame Brit. You should read this book because it is full of suspense and it is really funny and just a good book to read all around, There are a lot of instances were there is suspense like when Brit doesn't know what road to take and Nannie is paying attention so she is panicking and worried about what road to take and she does not want to get lost on the highway.
2dancers More than 1 year ago
"Hit The Road" was originally purchased as a gift for my 11 year old granddaughter. I always read the books which I purchase to be gifts before I give them as a gift. However, I think this book is a little too mature for my granddaughter. As a senior citizen, I must say that I found it humourous and enjoyed the strong feelings that were felt by the senior women in this story. It was adventuous and it also gave great insights to some of the changes in life styles that happen to all of us as we mature. For teenagers, this book would be fun to read, especially if they are blessed with an elderly grandmother that they have shared many past happy memories with. I didn't want to put this book down and finished reading it in two days, and was pleased with the sentiments and the ending of this book.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
If you want to read one of the most hilarious books of the summer, then you definitely need to pick up a copy of HIT THE ROAD by Caroline B. Cooney. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard, or so often, while reading a book. If you've always believed that people over the age of eighty are nothing but dried up old husks of their former selves, then you need to meet the Buttermeres: Nannie Rawlings, Florence Mirsky, Aurelia Alan, and Daisy Ferrer. And the girl destined to either make an entire carload of new friends, or go crazy in the process, Brittany Anne Bowman.

Forced into her grandmother's care for two weeks while her parents cruise around Alaska, neither Brit nor Nannie particularly want to be babysat. After her own daughter cut her driver's license in half, took away her car, and left her to gather dust, Nannie Rawlings isn't in the best of moods. She's already missed out on last year's Reunion with her three best friends, but this year is number sixty-five, and she has no intention of not attending. So she gets a new license (through less than noble means), rents a car, and sets off with her granddaughter to pick up her friends. Brit soon realizes that if she wants to make it to the Reunion alive and in one piece, she's going to have to be the driver/chaueffer. Which isn't that bad except for situations like this:

"Nannie!" she yelled. "Read the signs! Tell me what to do! Do we want the Cross Island Parkway? Two-ninety-five? Four-ninety-five? The Van Wyck? The L.I.E.? The Long Island Expressway?"

"Those two are the same road."

"But do we want them?" Brit shrieked.

Thus begins a road trip that no one involved is likely to ever forget. Between convincing her parents via cell phone that they're at Nannie's house watching loud television, and convincing the "girls" that no one at the nursing home will realize they're gone, to avoiding the ruthless, money-hungry son of one of their own, HIT THE ROAD is a laugh-out-loud, nonstop story that will have you turning pages long into the night. A winning read that is as emotional as it is funny, Ms. Cooney has penned a definite winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brittany Anne Bowman¿s life sucks, and currently she has no prospects that it is going to get any better. Her parents leave for a vacation to Alaska (clear across the country), and she is left in the clutches of Nannie, her eighty-six year old grandma. Brit¿s mother has cut up Nannie¿s license and has sold Nannie¿s car because Nannie just isn¿t capable of caring for herself any more. That¿s when Nannie emotionally blackmails Brit into driving (highly illegally) a rental car across New England to pick up ¿the girls.¿ The girls are Nannie¿s college chums and they are going to spring Aurelia from the nursing home where her evil doctor of a son is holding her hostage. It¿s raining, cold, Brit is living in fear of never being allowed to drive again, and is trying to work through the demise of a crush that she had very much wanted to keep. This story has all of the plot twists that you would expect from the author of The Face on the Milk Carton, and Ms. Cooney doesn¿t disappoint. With an adept hand she reveals both the frustration of a teenager trying to find herself as well as the plight of the elderly. Our culture frequently discounts its elderly, and this poignantly written book does an excellent job of bridging the generations in a way that readers of any age can appreciate. Given the aging population of our country, this would be a wonderful discussion tool for Sociology, Health, or CWP courses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to read one of the most hilarious books of the summer, then you definitely need to pick up a copy of HIT THE ROAD by Caroline B. Cooney. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard, or so often, while reading a book. If you've always believed that people over the age of eighty are nothing but dried up old husks of their former selves, then you need to meet the Buttermeres: Nannie Rawlings, Florence Mirsky, Aurelia Alan, and Daisy Ferrer. And the girl destined to either make an entire carload of new friends, or go crazy in the process, Brittany Anne Bowman. Forced into her grandmother's care for two weeks while her parents cruise around Alaska, neither Brit nor Nannie particularly want to be babysat. After her own daughter cut her driver's license in half, took away her car, and left her to gather dust, Nannie Rawlings isn't in the best of moods. She's already missed out on last year's Reunion with her three best friends, but this year is number sixty-five, and she has no intention of not attending. So she gets a new license (through less than noble means), rents a car, and sets off with her granddaughter to pick up her friends. Brit soon realizes that if she wants to make it to the Reunion alive and in one piece, she's going to have to be the driver/chaueffer. Which isn't that bad except for situations like this: 'Nannie!' she yelled. 'Read the signs! Tell me what to do! Do we want the Cross Island Parkway? Two-ninety-five? Four-ninety-five? The Van Wyck? The L.I.E.? The Long Island Expressway?' 'Those two are the same road.' 'But do we want them?' Brit shrieked. Thus begins a road trip that no one involved is likely to ever forget. Between convincing her parents via cell phone that they're at Nannie's house watching loud television, and convincing the 'girls' that no one at the nursing home will realize they're gone, to avoiding the ruthless, money-hungry son of one of their own, HIT THE ROAD is a laugh-out-loud, nonstop story that will have you turning pages long into the night. A winning read that is as emotional as it is funny, Ms. Cooney has penned a definite winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was about grandmothers and kidnapping. Brit takes her grandmother to her reunion while also pulling off a kidnapping. They pick up her grandmother's friend to help with the kidnapping. Some surprise characters come in too. The best part of the book was the ending. Everything else in the book was boring. If you really like books that gets good at the end, this is for you. Give it a try!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It just didn't grab me. It wasn't one of those books that you can't put down. I mean, I'd stop in the middle of a chapter because it was boring. I'd recomend it, but it wasn't anything special.