Book Review: Vacation to Graceland by Philip Cornell

Today, I will be reviewing Vacation to Graceland on behalf of Online Book Club, and it was Book of the Day on May 18th!

About the Book

A man, his mother, his sister, his granny, his niece, and his nephew make a trip to Memphis Tennessee for a family reunion. During the course of the trip, the family encounter a series of circumstances that mold the trip into an unforgettable experience. Through the arguing and internal bickering within the group, they come together and strengthen the blood bond they share with each other. Reflecting on each and every situation encountered, the man realizes the trip is an overall social, emotional, and educational journey.


I didn't dislike this book, I just wish there had been more substance to it.

The thing is, the book is really short, and the vagueness of a lot of the important details left something to be desired. I enjoy reading powerful and meaningful stories with intricate storylines and a lot of moving parts, and this story was basically the exact opposite. It is about a road trip, a family reunion, and then getting home.

I actually found Crissy to be my favorite character in the story, in that the author spent less time and energy trying to make her circumstances humorous and ridiculous. It was nice just getting a chance to see someone who wasn't quite as over-the-top as the rest of the cast.

That isn't to say I didn't enjoy reading the story, and the fact that it was short and humorous really helped bring it together. I just wish there had been more of...well...everything. It was a good story and I will give it a 4 out of 5 star rating. People who like to read funny stories without a lot of substance will enjoy checking this one out.

Lincoln Cole

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

He has won multiple literary awards for his novels. He has also been a bestseller in multiple different categories.