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I Call Shotgun!

Hitting the road this weekend? Here're some must-have books for your packing list!

I Call Shotgun!

It's Memorial Day weekend, and what better way to kick off summer and enjoy a three-day weekend (or four, if you're lucky) than that time-honored American tradition, a road trip? We've got a bunch of books to get you in the mood. If you're celebrating Memorial Day with those other time-honored American traditions, heading to the nearest body of water with a case of beer, or grilling three cows in someone's backyard (with a case of beer), then grab a book and nurse your hangover and/or sunburn by taking a virtual road trip. The following selection only represents about 1/10000000th of the amazing road trip books out there, so make sure to share your faves!

In Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John, Luke goes on the road to promote his book of modern parables, and learns some lessons of his own from his irresponsible older brother Matt.

John Green's prescription for girl problems is a road trip, if Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines are any indication. Whether it's looking for the one who got away, or trying to forget the many who got away, road trips will cure all.

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness isn't a classic American road trip, since it's set on a distant planet, but I will never, EVER pass a chance to push these books on anyone who hasn't read it yet. Todd and Viola's journey makes The Hunger Games look like My Little Pony.

The swoontastic Saving June by Hannah Harrington follows Harper as she heads to California with Laney, her BFF, and Jake, a guy her sister tutored and whom she barely knows -- and her sister's ashes. Bonus: road trip playlists at the end!

Ashes by Ilsa Bick might make you want to cancel your road trip, what with the cannibals and creepy cults, but it's totally badass.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray is a great screwball adventure brought to you by Mad Cow Disease.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson will have you hankering for a European road (or rail) trip.

Three very different girls hit the road in How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, and Sarah Mlynowski, and will have you craving waffles.

If you haven't read The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?!?

The Moon by Night by Madeleine L'Engle was inspired by a real-life road trip taken by L'Engle and her family, although it's very nearly spoiled by the mere existence of Zachary Gray.

If graphic novels are your thing, check out Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and follow Yorick, the ... well, last man on a cross-country trip to discover how he survived the plague that killed all the other males on Earth.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman is one of my all-time favorites, and not just for the whirlwind tour of bizarre roadside attractions (Rock City is JUST LIKE the book says it is!).

The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell is a disgusting, disquieting Southern gothic zombie story -- the weirdly poignant love child of William Faulkner and Chuck Pahlaniuk.

What's on my reading list for the weekend? I haven't read Siobhan Dowd's Solace of the Road, about a timid girl who -- emboldened by the most perfect blonde wig -- leaves her foster family and hitches around Ireland in search of her mother, but if it's anything like Dowd's Bog Child, I know it's gotta be brilliant.

No road trip's complete without a kickass mixtape, but unfortunately I totally suck at making mixtapes. However! I'm sure you party people are totally awesome, so share a Spotify (or whoever) link to your best road trip playlist in the comments. Look out, Tucson, here we come!

Meghan Miller's photo About the Author: Meghan is an erstwhile librarian in exile from Texas and writer for Forever Young Adult. She loves books, cooking and homey things like knitting and vintage cocktails. Although she’s around books all the time, she doesn’t get to read as much as she’d like.