New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.
Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he's barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it's up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he's his father's only hope.
With the help of three locals - a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills - he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan's world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he's been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.
From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature - the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father - if he finds him alive.
©2016 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
A good story. Not great, but it kept moving and was entertaining. I liked the characters. This author's characters are always realistic, flawed people, which makes the story more believable.
Good but the ending fell short for me. I liked the main character a lot.
Ryan Hyde- I don't know what to do with her. As an author, she walks the contemporary fiction tightrope and often falls into the Chic-Lit sea.Then, she delivers with novels like "Take Me With You" and now, "Leaving Blythe." She reminds me of Jodi Piccoult.. a great author when she doesn't let drama drive her writing.
This adventure is a coming of age story about a 17- year-old boy looks 12, and becomes a giant of a man.
Will Ropp does a fine job with narration.
Leaving Blythe is an easy read, but a great story, and well written. It has a young adult feel, but is well written and has depth. Hyde walks the tightrope and makes it across to the other side.
Let me count the ways. First, if this was meant for young adults, it would have sufficed but it was not labeled YA. If meant for adults, write like an adult. Second, Every second word does not need an expanded explanation. Don't bog down the story with lots of unnecessary words between every action event. Third, in lieu of endless expansions of every second word, work on better descriptions of the landscape. Fourth, develop the characters, especially the main characters.
No, for all the reasons above.
Read for youths
Disappointment. I didn't read Pay It Forward, only saw the movie, but expected something better than this. Perhaps the movie covered up the terrible writing.
This really needs to be marked for YA so other adults are not as disappointed and aggravated as I was. Wasted a credit on this.
This is a poignant coming of age story. The flawed parents ( aren't we all!) and the angst of the boy read true. It was satisfying to see truth revealed and the boy's climb to maturity in the wilderness setting.
I'm left feeling undecided about this book. The story line was good but I didn't walk away loving it. It did spark an interest in Blythe River range though.
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