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If you love Susan Mallery, you won’t want to miss this novel of three high school friends who find themselves emotionally fractured when tragedy strikes, so they go on a road trip they’ll never forget and rediscover what made them “best friends forever.” It was the road trip of their lives . . . and they did it without a map. When they posed for a photo at their high school If you love Susan Mallery, you won’t want to miss this novel of three high school friends who find themselves emotionally fractured when tragedy strikes, so they go on a road trip they’ll never forget and rediscover what made them “best friends forever.” It was the road trip of their lives . . . and they did it without a map. When they posed for a photo at their high school graduation, they vowed they’d be friends forever, but teenage promises are so easily broken, and now, thirty years later, they’re practically strangers. Cici—stuck in a rut, married to a cheating husband. Genie—caring for her ailing father but never getting any thanks. Kate—everyone knows people who look perfect on Instagram are not. And Laurie—the most successful of them all—now tragically gone. So, to celebrate Laurie’s life,  three former friends in a 1962 red Lincoln Continental convertible take the road trip of their lives—encountering male strippers, a boy band that has seen better days, crazy motel rooms, adopting a so-ugly-it’s-cute stray dog…and discovering that it’s never too late to live the wild life. Because, sometimes, to find yourself you have to get away. 


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If you love Susan Mallery, you won’t want to miss this novel of three high school friends who find themselves emotionally fractured when tragedy strikes, so they go on a road trip they’ll never forget and rediscover what made them “best friends forever.” It was the road trip of their lives . . . and they did it without a map. When they posed for a photo at their high school If you love Susan Mallery, you won’t want to miss this novel of three high school friends who find themselves emotionally fractured when tragedy strikes, so they go on a road trip they’ll never forget and rediscover what made them “best friends forever.” It was the road trip of their lives . . . and they did it without a map. When they posed for a photo at their high school graduation, they vowed they’d be friends forever, but teenage promises are so easily broken, and now, thirty years later, they’re practically strangers. Cici—stuck in a rut, married to a cheating husband. Genie—caring for her ailing father but never getting any thanks. Kate—everyone knows people who look perfect on Instagram are not. And Laurie—the most successful of them all—now tragically gone. So, to celebrate Laurie’s life,  three former friends in a 1962 red Lincoln Continental convertible take the road trip of their lives—encountering male strippers, a boy band that has seen better days, crazy motel rooms, adopting a so-ugly-it’s-cute stray dog…and discovering that it’s never too late to live the wild life. Because, sometimes, to find yourself you have to get away. 

30 review for Maps for the Getaway

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Road trip story! I loved this book so much! Three women who have been friends since Jr. High set out on a road trip to honor their friend Laurie whom has just passed away. They are headed to Vegas to see their favorite boy band from high school in a classic Lincoln convertible. Along the way they encounter a bus full of male strippers, pick up a dog who is handicapped, learn about how each of them is facing huge life changes and so much more. This book had me laughing, crying and cheering them on Road trip story! I loved this book so much! Three women who have been friends since Jr. High set out on a road trip to honor their friend Laurie whom has just passed away. They are headed to Vegas to see their favorite boy band from high school in a classic Lincoln convertible. Along the way they encounter a bus full of male strippers, pick up a dog who is handicapped, learn about how each of them is facing huge life changes and so much more. This book had me laughing, crying and cheering them on. I loved all the main characters and enjoyed their adventures together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a book I chose based on the cover and the title...Three women in a car on a road trip? Yes, please. I typically love those books because they are so much fun...throw in a little growth and you have a great book. This one did not disappoint at all. There WERE four friends back in high school but they have lost one along the way...and they also did not keep in touch with each other as best frien Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a book I chose based on the cover and the title...Three women in a car on a road trip? Yes, please. I typically love those books because they are so much fun...throw in a little growth and you have a great book. This one did not disappoint at all. There WERE four friends back in high school but they have lost one along the way...and they also did not keep in touch with each other as best friends should. The funeral brings that back together and the choice they make afterwards REALLY brings them back together. They decide to drive to Vegas to see their favorite boy band from high school. I mean, really, are they still called boy bands at that age? lol...I absolutely loved this book. I wanted to hang out with those girls myself a time or two. Throw in that I was picturing Jane from Jane the Virgin as Genie and the Backstreet Boys as the boy band and it was an amazing adventure. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    My Review of MAPS FOR THE GETAWAY By Annie England Noblin Gifted & Published by WilliamMorrowBooks On Sale: 6/15/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio ****** This is your ultimate friend book looking at and making you remembering your high school days and the difficulties that come with it. The Author portrays the 4 main protagonists in each their own way, the popular girl, the cheerleader, the unpopular girl but speaks up for herself and the outcast. I loved how the Author brought them together and knitted a My Review of MAPS FOR THE GETAWAY By Annie England Noblin Gifted & Published by WilliamMorrowBooks On Sale: 6/15/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio ****** This is your ultimate friend book looking at and making you remembering your high school days and the difficulties that come with it. The Author portrays the 4 main protagonists in each their own way, the popular girl, the cheerleader, the unpopular girl but speaks up for herself and the outcast. I loved how the Author brought them together and knitted a friendship together from the things they had in common. Reading in alternating POV’s, you get to see all sides and thoughts of how important this friendship was to each of them. Fast forward twenty years and as time and life often does; the women lose their promise to never fall away from one another. Now each woman going through heartache, divorce, cheating husbands has had a profound affect on them all. Miserable in their own right, things can only get worse when one of the women, now a famous writer, dies and ultimately bring the remaining women back together. The women find solace in their nostalgic friendship and are hesitant about sharing their Instagram perfect lives. Because in real life it’s anything but perfect. The girls decide to celebrate their lost friend’s life by taking a girls trip to see a band in Las Vegas. What happens is a rowdy ride and full of fun with friendships rekindled. And having that bond amongst themselves again brings out the truth to what each one has been holding back. ***** This is the ultimate road trip, with a feel good vibe that makes you relive the times you experienced and went a little wild. Want to go on a getaway without leaving your house? This book will have you feeling as if you are in the middle of all the action.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I would have given this 4 stars if it had been edited better. This story was overall pretty good and I really enjoyed the relationship and the journey these 3 friends took. It started with a few stereotypical characterizations I wasn’t sure I would like - oh, the overweight girl is the only single one? The one who got married out of high school has marriage problems? Really? But, it turned out really good - if not a bit cheesy. Editing: there was a major chronological error (regarding Genie’s da I would have given this 4 stars if it had been edited better. This story was overall pretty good and I really enjoyed the relationship and the journey these 3 friends took. It started with a few stereotypical characterizations I wasn’t sure I would like - oh, the overweight girl is the only single one? The one who got married out of high school has marriage problems? Really? But, it turned out really good - if not a bit cheesy. Editing: there was a major chronological error (regarding Genie’s dad teaching at the high school for 36 years - not possible with the storyline about him not teaching until she was 10, and had retired 5 years prior. She’s only 38 in the story. So 10 years to 33 years is 23 years teaching). Genie is written Gene once. And CiCi’s daughter Lily is called by the younger daughters name, Sophie, at the end of the book. Also, better editing would have helped with flow and storyline. Excellent premise - execution could have been better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    Cross-country road trip in a classic Lincoln convertible. Three best friends from high school, each facing a crossroads in her life as they approach the end of their 30's, driving from Missouri to Las Vegas to see a reunion concert of their favorite boy band from their teens in honor of their fourth bestie who unexpectedly died two weeks earlier. I didn't want to put this book down. It's filled with laugh-out-loud humor, poignant, heart-tugging emotion, self-reflection, growth, more than a few s Cross-country road trip in a classic Lincoln convertible. Three best friends from high school, each facing a crossroads in her life as they approach the end of their 30's, driving from Missouri to Las Vegas to see a reunion concert of their favorite boy band from their teens in honor of their fourth bestie who unexpectedly died two weeks earlier. I didn't want to put this book down. It's filled with laugh-out-loud humor, poignant, heart-tugging emotion, self-reflection, growth, more than a few surprises, hope for the future, and bonds of youthful friendship that may fray over the years but with care and understanding can strengthen and hold solid for a lifetime. This was my first book by Annie England Noblin. Won't be my last. Add this one to your summer reading list. It has my enthusiastic recommendation. *ARC received for fair and unbiased review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Maps for the Getaway by Annie England Noblin is a wonderful novel of friendship, new beginnings and self-discovery. Although they have very different family lives, Cici, Genie, Kate and Laurie are best friends from the moment they meet.  And yet, twenty years after their high school graduation, their only communication is the occasional text. But when they learn of Laurie’s unexpected death, they reunite for their dear friend’s funeral.  Afterward, they make an impetuous decision to take a road t Maps for the Getaway by Annie England Noblin is a wonderful novel of friendship, new beginnings and self-discovery. Although they have very different family lives, Cici, Genie, Kate and Laurie are best friends from the moment they meet.  And yet, twenty years after their high school graduation, their only communication is the occasional text. But when they learn of Laurie’s unexpected death, they reunite for their dear friend’s funeral.  Afterward, they make an impetuous decision to take a road trip to Las Vegas to attend their favorite teenage boy band’s reunion concert. Cici, Genie and Kate learn each other’s secrets as they laugh, cry and sometimes get angry, during their journey. Kate is a lawyer whose long hours away from home have led to her recent divorce. Although not surprised, she is hurt their sons decided to live with their father.  Kate has always projected a happy home life, so she has kept quiet about her divorce. Will she tell Cici and Genie that she is now single? Cici is married to her high school sweetheart and the mother of two teenage daughters. Up until now, she has turned a blind eye to her husbands philandering. But when she sees him with his latest girlfriend, Cici reacts in a very unexpected and public way that goes viral in their small town. Genie is a kindergarten teacher and she lives in her childhood home. Until recently, she was taking care of father who has Alzheimer’s. But when his condition worsens, Genie has no choice but to move him to an Alzheimer’s unit. Their relationship has always been fraught, but Genie does not let this get in the way of continuing to care for him. Although Laurie is now gone, she is with her friends in spirit as they make their way from MO to Las Vegas. Genie is a planner who presents a strict schedule for them to follow on their road trip. Unused to taking time off, Kate is a little surprised that she is able to leave work behind. Cici tries to use the time away to come to terms with the end of her marriage. During their trip, they end up in some laugh out loud situations as well as poignant discussions about their lives past and present. With chapters alternating between different points of view, Maps for the Getaway is a marvelous friendship novel that will resonate with readers. The characters are well-developed but it takes a little time for their individual voices to become distinct. The road trip is interesting with Cici, Genie and Kate finding themselves in some very unusual but funny situations as they unexpectedly meet unique people along the way. Annie England Noblin brings this heartwarming novel to a very uplifting conclusion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This book is about three friends who decide to go on a road trip after the funeral of the 4th friend in their group and, well, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. On one hand, I bought it as a beach read, a book I didn't have to work too hard at, and that is just what I got. But, darn it, I wanted just a little bit more. I mean, this is about three friends whose best friend has just DIED. Yet, they don't seem to spend a lot of their time grieving or even reminiscing about her; no, their ro This book is about three friends who decide to go on a road trip after the funeral of the 4th friend in their group and, well, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. On one hand, I bought it as a beach read, a book I didn't have to work too hard at, and that is just what I got. But, darn it, I wanted just a little bit more. I mean, this is about three friends whose best friend has just DIED. Yet, they don't seem to spend a lot of their time grieving or even reminiscing about her; no, their road trip is more about the car they're driving, and a boy band, not to mention the literal BUSLOAD of male strippers they just happen to meet up with. Each story line ends in just a perfect way...in fact, just the way I guessed they would since the early pages of the book. Be warned: there are no plot twists, no surprises in the story. Just a cutesy little story tied up with a much too convenient bow. Yawn.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This book was nestled in a display of "summer escapist" reads in one of my area bookstores. I'd read (and liked) many of the other titles on display, so decided to give this a try. Not for me though. Three women, once friends in high school and now approaching 40, embark on a road trip to see a boys' band reunion concert in the wake of a mutual friend's unexpected death. Mayhem and merriment follow. Personally, I thought the characters were shallow, borderline stereotypes. The plot and language This book was nestled in a display of "summer escapist" reads in one of my area bookstores. I'd read (and liked) many of the other titles on display, so decided to give this a try. Not for me though. Three women, once friends in high school and now approaching 40, embark on a road trip to see a boys' band reunion concert in the wake of a mutual friend's unexpected death. Mayhem and merriment follow. Personally, I thought the characters were shallow, borderline stereotypes. The plot and language were homespun and occasionally shamltzy. Also, I never really bought into the friendship - nothing in the story really helped me understand the connection between these women. The aspect that really bugged me though was that the book felt anachronistic. Aside from the prologue, the book is set in 2020. The entire time I was reading it though, I felt everything seemed closer to 1988 or thereabouts. Also, these women are approaching 40 but treat their life and situations as if they were approaching 50. Trust me, I've been through both life stages and know the difference. Maps for the Getaway is intended as a feel good book. I dislike writing negative reviews for a feel good novel (somehow it's easier to be critical of other genres!) but again, this one simply didn't work for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Huey

    As I started reading Annie England Noblin's book Maps for the Getaway, I couldn't help but see parallels to the 1996 movie starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton The First Wive's Club, which starts off with a similar premise. Four high school friends (in Noblin's story, college friends in the movie) vow to be friends forever, yet life allows them to grow apart until one of them dies unexpectedly, bringing the other three back together to face this shared crisis (as well as individu As I started reading Annie England Noblin's book Maps for the Getaway, I couldn't help but see parallels to the 1996 movie starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton The First Wive's Club, which starts off with a similar premise. Four high school friends (in Noblin's story, college friends in the movie) vow to be friends forever, yet life allows them to grow apart until one of them dies unexpectedly, bringing the other three back together to face this shared crisis (as well as individual crises) enabling them to bring their lives to some sort of satisfactory resolution. Noblin does a fascinating job allowing Cici, Genie, and Kate to provide individual points of view in alternating chapters as the readers join them on an epic road trip from Missouri to Las Vegas, traveling in the red convertible that belongs to Genie's father to see the favorite boy band from their youth. The version of the book Harper Collins sent me comes complete with playlists for the road for each of the characters and discussion questions for book clubs, who will definitely enjoy discussing this book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is a perfect book for summer reading, where you can sit and just get lost in the storyline. Road trip with your high school girlfriends - 20 years later? Yes, please! You have such dreams of your future as you step into life, diploma in hand. Whose life really turns out that way? We find three friends still the same in some respects, but now wiser and unfortunately broken in some ways by the hardships and realities of life. To honor the fourth member of their group who died unexpectedly the This is a perfect book for summer reading, where you can sit and just get lost in the storyline. Road trip with your high school girlfriends - 20 years later? Yes, please! You have such dreams of your future as you step into life, diploma in hand. Whose life really turns out that way? We find three friends still the same in some respects, but now wiser and unfortunately broken in some ways by the hardships and realities of life. To honor the fourth member of their group who died unexpectedly they decide to go see the boy band they loved from high school but never got to see. The concert is in Las Vegas so they head out in a boat of a car, a vintage Lincoln Continental convertible. The trip will involve drugs, sex, and rock and roll, but written in a way you could share it with your grandmother. Did I mention Frank Sinatra? You will laugh, you will cheer, you will cry a little. This book is the quintessential getaway for summer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diana N.

    This is the fun friendship book I needed! No better way to celebrate a friend than taking a cross country road trip with friends to remember her. Genie, CiCi, and Kate all had messy parts of their lives that were discussed throughout the book, but you could really feel their friendship bonds shine through. I really liked the characters in this book and felt like it would have been fun to be part of their adventure. They had fun with every unpredictable turn of events. A little dog, strippers, a This is the fun friendship book I needed! No better way to celebrate a friend than taking a cross country road trip with friends to remember her. Genie, CiCi, and Kate all had messy parts of their lives that were discussed throughout the book, but you could really feel their friendship bonds shine through. I really liked the characters in this book and felt like it would have been fun to be part of their adventure. They had fun with every unpredictable turn of events. A little dog, strippers, a boy band, a wigwam, and an interesting road trip car, kept my interest to see what crazy event would unfold next. Once I got close to halfway through the book, I couldn't put it down and finished the rest in one night! This book would be a fun book club read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    *Disclaimer: I won this book from a Goodreads first-reads giveaway This was such a heartwarming story about a group of friends who reunite for a road trip after one of their best friends dies unexpectedly. Laurie, Cici, Kate and Genie became inseparable friends in Junior High. After high school they drifted but still remained close. After Laurie dies unexpectedly, the other three decide to take a road trip from their home town in Missouri to Las Vegas to seethe boy band they always loved as young *Disclaimer: I won this book from a Goodreads first-reads giveaway This was such a heartwarming story about a group of friends who reunite for a road trip after one of their best friends dies unexpectedly. Laurie, Cici, Kate and Genie became inseparable friends in Junior High. After high school they drifted but still remained close. After Laurie dies unexpectedly, the other three decide to take a road trip from their home town in Missouri to Las Vegas to seethe boy band they always loved as young guirls. They have wild adventures on the way including crazy hotel rooms, a busload of male strippers, an adorable rescue dog and even casino prison! Great, fun and easy read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura • lauralovestoread

    What a sweet trip down memory lane! I graduated high school in 2001, so all the early ‘00 references were so fun, and I really enjoyed the bonus playlist for each character at the end, and seeing what songs they would have added. I loved the theme of friendship, and seeing each POV through alternating chapters as high school friends reconnect and decide to take a road trip to see an old boy band to honor their friend who just passed. *many thanks to William Morrow for the gifted copy. All opinions What a sweet trip down memory lane! I graduated high school in 2001, so all the early ‘00 references were so fun, and I really enjoyed the bonus playlist for each character at the end, and seeing what songs they would have added. I loved the theme of friendship, and seeing each POV through alternating chapters as high school friends reconnect and decide to take a road trip to see an old boy band to honor their friend who just passed. *many thanks to William Morrow for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. It is the first book I couldn’t stop reading this year. It is such a great feel good book. It brings back such great memories of my friends throughout the years but especially those from high school even though that was 50 years ago. The humor and feeling in this book is incredible. The characters are so well developed I felt like I knew each of them after the first few pages. Will definitely look for more from this very talented author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This was a lovely listen. Old friendships matter the most and should be the friends we share all with. And yet, we don’t and tend to let them slip away when we don’t want anyone to know that life isn’t all Insta-perfect. When a tragedy brings together high school friends, they lay it all bare and discover what really matters. Themselves and their happily ever after..for now.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Trista

    I got this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway, and I'm so glad I did. It was a beautiful story of friendships that span decades and dealing with all the things life can throw at you. No matter what happens, death, divorce or teenagers, these women have each other to lean on, even when they're fighting with each other. I got this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway, and I'm so glad I did. It was a beautiful story of friendships that span decades and dealing with all the things life can throw at you. No matter what happens, death, divorce or teenagers, these women have each other to lean on, even when they're fighting with each other.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maike

    Easy summer/vacation/staycation read. 3 girl friends in their late 30th going on a road trip to see 'their' boy band in a rivival concert. The events they experience are very common on one side (relationship trouble/family tragics) and VERY phantastic (stripper group). It reminds a bit of 'first wives club' with the dead friend and the scholarship. I laught and I cried - that's enough for a 👍🏻 Easy summer/vacation/staycation read. 3 girl friends in their late 30th going on a road trip to see 'their' boy band in a rivival concert. The events they experience are very common on one side (relationship trouble/family tragics) and VERY phantastic (stripper group). It reminds a bit of 'first wives club' with the dead friend and the scholarship. I laught and I cried - that's enough for a 👍🏻

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Annie England Noblin does a fabulous job bringing me into the story and keeping me there. I could relate to the takes of friendship brought forth in this journey across the country. I was reminded of my own adventures with my life long BFF as I read. I always love the stories Annie tells and I cannot wait to read the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Salvaggio

    I won this book and I'm extremely grateful I did. While this book made me cry at times it also made me laugh. It made me think of my friends and hope that one day we will have this adventure of our life as well. I won this book and I'm extremely grateful I did. While this book made me cry at times it also made me laugh. It made me think of my friends and hope that one day we will have this adventure of our life as well.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    told from the point of view of the 3 main characters, both in the past and in the present. What a road trip these three have after the death of a friend. wish it had been a chapter or two longer, to wrap up the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Overall a quick and easy read. Not much depth to be found in this story and although the adventures the friends go on are humorous, I did not like the way it ended with a big red bow and everyone's life now being completed with a man. The best part to me was Pat Sajak and Frank Sinatra! Overall a quick and easy read. Not much depth to be found in this story and although the adventures the friends go on are humorous, I did not like the way it ended with a big red bow and everyone's life now being completed with a man. The best part to me was Pat Sajak and Frank Sinatra!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rafael Sifuentes

    left me teary eyed towards the end really liked it, although I wished for some more backstory about one character It was a fun and enjoyable read

  23. 5 out of 5

    KarnagesMistress

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is a fun read! Three best friends on a road trip mourning the loss of another best friend and having some adventures along the way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I really loved the idea of this book, but it didn’t quite reach its potential. It felt rushed, and underdeveloped.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Penny Gray

    A good chick flick of a book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    I enjoyed this book, it was sweet and funny.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Authentikate

    A simple, uncomplicated diversion. Nothing too deep here folks. No major twists or surprises. Just sort of a Point A to B plot with some friends. It was okay.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Won this book in a goodreads giveaway. Didn’t care for this book muck. Guess it isn’t my type of book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Olson

    This was an emotional book! There were parts that were truly hilarious, then the next minute you’re contemplating life and thinking about rescuing a dog from a gas station. The road trip CiCi, Kate and Genie go on is filled with excitement, male strippers, arguments, Frank Sinatra and a unique car that may or may not make it til the end. After their friend Laurie tragically passes away, they go on this road trip to Vegas to see their teenage boy band crush in their reunion tour. Each woman is de This was an emotional book! There were parts that were truly hilarious, then the next minute you’re contemplating life and thinking about rescuing a dog from a gas station. The road trip CiCi, Kate and Genie go on is filled with excitement, male strippers, arguments, Frank Sinatra and a unique car that may or may not make it til the end. After their friend Laurie tragically passes away, they go on this road trip to Vegas to see their teenage boy band crush in their reunion tour. Each woman is dealing with their own struggles and the story is told from each of their perspectives which added a whole other layer to the book. I really enjoyed the growth each woman showed and found myself rooting for each of them. Grief is a beast and each woman handles it differently but the way they all come together to honor their friend Laurie was beautiful.

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