A high school graduate, wannabe writer, and proud owner of a VW van, Haley decides to hit the road in search of good material Â— after, of course, getting her driverâ€™s license. Finally, license in hand, she concocts a story for her hapless, hippie dad and heads to California with her enemy-turned-friend, Izzy Archibaud. Along the way, they break down, get lost, end up in strange towns with even stranger people, and discover that "Life with a capital L" may be complicated, but itâ€™s never boring. Written as a shared travel diary, The Quirky Girls' Guide to Rest Stops and Road Trips is both a road novel and a coming-of-age story. As sheâ€™s forced to make her own decisions, Haleyâ€™s voice gradually shifts from that of a vain, anxious adolescent to a slightly-less-vain, slightly-less-anxious young woman. From realizing that her first boyfriend isnâ€™t the one to recognizing that her friends are beginning to have their own lives, Haleyâ€™s journey is one that resonates with young adult readers.