“In the moments when I feel like being truly happy is an impossible puzzle, one I’m not meant to figure out but if you have a best friend you can laugh with and a few good songs, you’re more than halfway there.”
Open Road Summer is non-cliché-ish and almost everything I didn’t expect. One, it’s told by Reagan, the bad-ass, supposedly “bitchy” best friend who is trying to make a new start by tagging along on her best friend Dee’s concert tour.
Both are nursing a broken heart but I really appreciate that for the most part of the plot, Reagan tells Dee’s story- the story behind Dee’s childhood sweetheart, Jimmy, her rise to fame, her performances on stage, her interviews and basically Dee’s life as a celebrity, its ups and downs and at the same time how Reagan looks up to her almost perfect friend who has always been grounded and has remained humble despite her popularity and who has stuck by her no matter her delinquencies.
And Reagan tells the story with open honesty that other readers might misconstrue as her being jealous and heartless which she just might be but at least she’s very open about it. I actually find her very real. She can be infuriating but it’s understandable considering where she is coming from. I guess not all girls can be as outwardly good and wholesome as Dee but we can’t all go judging them so quickly just because of their words or actions, can we? Because really, it could all be just a mask, a defense or a manifestation of her own insecurities.
It’s only up to the point when Matt, Dee’s fellow popular singer and whom every girl will probably adore appears in the story that Reagan finally tries to make the story about her. She tries to appear indifferent, stubborn and independent when all this time, she’s honestly just trying to hold all her pain in and in truth, she really cares as much as her best friend does about basically almost everything.
The element of music is wonderful, the friendship really beautiful and the ending makes perfect sense. Both girls get to mend their broken hearts in the most unexpected ways. After all, the concert tour was meant for exactly that purpose. Plus, it’s nice reading a chapter from Dee’s perspective, a bonus content from the book.