We Ate the Road Like Vultures – book review

We Ate the Road Like Vultures

We Ate the Road like Vultures is a novel filled with madness and mayhem, written by Lynnette Lounsbury.

We Ate the Road like Vultures is what happens when Lulu, a girl from down-under, discovers Jack Kerouac alive and living Mexico with a bloke called Chicco, meets the sexy angel back-packer, Adolf and they all dust off the Hummer in the garage…

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When a lovely publicist from Noble Words contacted me and asked if I’d like to read and review a new book by Lynnette Lounsbury, I was beyond thrilled. I quite liked her other book, Afterworld, and I was keen to see what else she’d written. So when I received We Ate the Road Like Vultures in the mail, I immediately started reading. It sounded really enthralling and while this is technically an Adult Fiction novel, the main character is sixteen and from New South Wales, so I thought that there would be quite a few YA elements in it. This novel revolved around a girl who hitch-hiked to Mexico to hunt down Kerouac and his muse who have gone into hiding and are pretending to be dead. Probably my favourite thing about this book was the mad adventures our characters went on. As the title would suggest, these people are on the road, experiencing everything you could possibly imagine. But what was most poignant about this novel wasn’t the actual act of the road trip, it was the philosophies behind them and the deep metaphors buried in the tales that our characters both lived and told.

However, the first few chapters were particularly difficult to get past. We seemed to be introduced to a large number of characters quite early on and I found myself getting confused as I tried to keep track of all of them. The narrative set-up seemed quite clunky and I didn’t really connect to our protagonist until later on in the novel. It would have been great to receive a bit more information about our protagonist before being expected to learn the lives and personalities of those around her. I don’t know about you, but my brain kind-of fries if we get introduced to too many people early on. Though, I did find the second half of this novel more enjoyable and I gained a lot of emotional depth through forming a deeper connection with our main characters.

Something that I love about books like We Ate the Road Like Vultures is that inspires me to head out into the world to see and experience things I’d never done before, like our protagonist was doing. These mad and hilarious adventures almost compelled me to run to my family car and take off on a journey with nothing but a creased old map and endless blue skies in front of me… before I remembered that I don’t have my driver’s license. But hey, a girl can dream. One day I’ll fulfil that dream of mine to head out, unburdened, into a land of infinite possibilities.

As I began to lose myself in this book, picked up and swept away into this far-away land of madness and uncertainty, I realised just how excellent Lounsbury’s writing truly is. She invited me into this wondrous adventure, never failing to impress me with the way she stringed words together to create breathtaking similes that so often encapsulated the same feeling I felt while reading about the landscape and the people we met. It was as though the author herself plucked my unspoken, unconscious thoughts about these things and weaved them into poetic sentences. In that way, I definitely felt a deeper connection to both our gifted author and this piece of literature. Even though the beginning of this book is a little tough to get through, it’s worth pushing on purely for the beautiful writing and the eloquent descriptions. I’d give We Ate the Road Like Vultures a score of 7 out of 10. I’d be interested to see what Lynnette Lounsbury writes next!

Thanks to Emma from Noble Words Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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