Readers who enjoyed Smile will be happy to have another Telgemeier story in the same autobiographical style. This time around Raina, her sister Amara, brother Will, and her mother are driving from their home in San Francisco to Colorado Springs for a family reunion. Raina's father is staying at home to go to work all week, then flying out to meet them. The events of the trip are interspersed with flashbacks to other family memories like Raina begging her parents for a sister (something she seems to be regretting during this trip). There are plenty of laughs, many of them revolving around a pet snake. And there are also some tense moments when the sisters discuss the possibility of their parents splitting up.
Anyone who has ever done a long-distance car trip with siblings will be nodding and thinking, "Oh yeah, I went through the same thing." The appeal of the story is that it deals with real life and we can identify with it, but the events are at enough of a personal distance from us that we can see the humor much more easily than we could if we were actually living it. This is another success by Telgemeier and I am looking forward to what will come next.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It will be published August 26, 2014.
Update (9/19/2014) - We just added this title to the library through our Scholastic Book Fair.