By ELIZABETH MORALES
If you think road trips are about going from city to city seeing tourist attractions, think again. Road trips are about freedom, spontaneity, and finding yourself by embracing nature or at least, that is how road trips are described in Evan Kenward’s self-published novel The Young Wanderlust.
In the novel, right after graduating college, Evan decides to take his two best friends (Gill and Wallace) on a roadtrip which allows them to enjoy the freedom of travelling across the country. From natural landscapes (like Yosemite) to cities like Seattle, the book is full of rich description of the places that they visit.
These young travelers face different obstacles, and yet they are capable of adapting, being spontaneous, and most importantly of all getting the opportunity of embracing the excitement of being alive. But there is more to this book than just a detailed account of road trip that lasted 28 days.
Their trip starts in Massachusetts heading west. During the journey, Evan is not just looking for adventure, he is looking for his own identity; wondering what the future will bring and what kind of person he is to become. In the book there is insight into the way the character feels about life. “Life is not about perfection, it is about balance,” says Evan.
Yet Evan is struggling to find that balance in his own life because he does not want to repress his desire to be free, so he can get a job and survive. He is at a turning point in his life. Any young person that just graduated college can understand the way the main character feels.
Regardless, of the length of the book (476 pages), it never feels too long as constantly unexpected things are happening. And there is humor that keeps the reader entertained. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn a thing or two about taking a really memorable road trip and about finding your own path in life.