August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.
What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together.
©2014 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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I just loved this story about summers traveling in an RV visiting National Parks. It was positive in the face of troubles and full of taking life's heartaches and disappointments in stride. Uplifting and really poignant. I particularly liked the depiction of the idea of enjoying and savoring "just being" and not rushing through life. Beautifully read and totally engaging. A recommended listen.
Oh geez, everything. Watching August's life change for the better and the worse was captivating, as was listening to the boys analyze situations and learn to adjust to what life threw at them.
Probably August as he was such a caring, thoughtful person. It's always nice to see a book where the person caring for children and having a positive impact on their lives is a man.
The ending, but I don't want to say why as I don't want to provide spoilers. I will say it left me satisfied with how things turned out. It can be hard to write a good ending but Catherine Hyde succeeded.
August. He's probably in my age range and I think he'd be a fine catch. Ummm, that was the meaning behind the question, yes?
The book focuses on the relationship between August and two boys (Seth and Henry), as well as the relationship between the boys and their alcoholic father. The story progresses through various phases of these relationships and shows how the characters change over time. Much of this change is due to the interactions between the four people, and by the time I was well into the third part of the book it felt as though I'd known these characters for many years. Some of the dialogue is of the mundane everyday chitchat you might have with a family member, but there were many parts of the book where I stopped whatever I was doing just to better take in the scene. The wide variety of conversations gave the book a more realistic feeling, as though I was actually on the road with August, Seth, and Henry. I thought the book had several slow points in the first 2 hours or so, and I had debated whether it was worth continuing, but having listened to the entire thing I'm incredibly glad I stayed with it. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed and was touched by the story.
Say something about yourself!
Sentimental, but deeply so. This is not just the easy overly sweet sentimentality of some of my other selections in the last month. August and the boys, even Wes are all three dimensional characters with strengths and weaknesses. They seem to be more people than a overly idealized product of the author's imagination.
There was also the circular nature of the two summers; eight years apart, and how much the two resemble each other only a rotation has occurred over time in the roles they all play. Wes is a highly flawed man; he's an alcoholic with a tenuous sense of parental responsibility. His limitations make the difference between him August all too apparent to his sons and seeing it reflected in their feelings and actions leave him unable to accept the relationship between the interloper and his sons. Though he's flawed he's not evil; just a little too cavalier, a little too careless when it comes to being a parent.
Sometimes it seems that I'm a stamp tramp (a How I Met Your Mother reference) and I occasionally give five stars a bit too easily but if I could, I'd give this one six stars. This selection has led me to check out other CRH audios and I'll get another one soon. I hope that at some point the author picks up the narrative again with a story that features Henry and/ or Seth. Don't miss this one.
What an uplifting book! The story was engaging and thought provoking without being a downer. The narration was excellent but a little slow for me, so I bumped it up to 1.25 speed which was perfect.
This was well worth reading and just might do it again....serious this is a heart filled book and you just might shed a tear or two
A thoroughly engaging story of self-discovery for all involved, well, almost all. There is a considerable attention given to the plight of older but still underage children who must live with an uncovered alcoholic parent; but an equal amount given to the benefits of a dedicated sober alcoholic who is now responsible. It was for that reason, a bit preachy for my tastes, but the overall effect is still a gripping and heartwarming tale that will not disappoint and just flew by quickly. The narration was spot on!
My problem with the narration was the character of Seth, who is supposed to be 12 years old at the beginning of the story. Before I realized he was supposed to be 12, I was relating him to my 4 year old. Or maybe it was the way it was written... I just know that I kept thinking that they would have used a different narrator for that character, it just wasn't connecting with me, which sometimes happens with audiobooks.
It seems like it should be a memoir but is a very well-written novel and tugs at your heartstrings. I like that it wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be when I first started it. My first from this author and I will check out more.
This is a happy, somewhat unbelievable, story to share on a trip without worrying about offending passengers riding with you. Characters are interesting, story holds your interest and from start to finish holds together. I usually pick murder, crime, etc., but this was a nice break.
I find this book to be unrealistic. Therefore, it is fiction, HAHAHA It did play to the unreal about the kids. Kids do forget you. I had a kid I borrowed for 12 years, and he has become a typical teen. I never hear from him anymore, he has bowed to peer pressure.
I only wish life was like that though
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