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5.0 out of 5 starsOn The Road
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2014
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a great fan of Ms. Collison's writing. Her books of nautical fiction are riveting, so it was with some interest that I picked up her most recent opus that has nothing whatsoever to do with the sea. I was not to be disappointed. Her story of three young Americans of considrably different backgrounds who team up in Cheyenne, Wyoming to travel through the West and Southwest in search of the father of one of the characters is one I had trouble putting down. Jack Kerouac's famous novel came often to mind as I read the pages, as did Hemmingway's lost generation in The Sun Also Rises along with Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot--about a man who never shows up. Throw in the movie Easy Rider and you begin to get the picture of a fun read that contains considerable depth, poignancy,and relevance. Highly recommended to readers from Young Adult to Old Adult.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2013
Linda Collison takes on a tough assignment, setting out to write an adults’ book about teenagers, and she carries it off well. Three runaway teens meet by chance and join forces, as each seeks his/her Holy Grail. For one, it’s to find the father he never knew, for another it is to be “discovered” as a singer, and for the third it’s to see some of the country. And, what makes them book-worthy is that all three are open to the experiences they encounter. They let the experiences affect them and teach them, rather than fighting them, as teenagers are likely to do. After just a few days of this odyssey, they are changed people, and the reader finds this totally believable.
5.0 out of 5 starsFasten Your Seatbelt For An Amazing Ride!
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2014
LOOKING FOR REDFEATHER is an engaging story about three teens on a road trip in pursuit of adventure, dreams, and escape. Author Linda Collison, an accomplished wordsmith whose prose flows as smooth as butter, takes readers on an entertaining, colorful, and, at times, heartbreaking journey, capturing all the vibrancy and pathos of the teenage years. Collison adeptly tells her tale through vivid imagery, characterization, and dialogue. It was a joy to read, and makes me want to read more from this talented author. So grab your sunglasses and jump into Chas' 1960 Cadillac Eldorado. This is a road trip that you don't want to miss!
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderfully written coming of age/road trip story. Loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2017
This book is fantastic! One of the best books I've read this year. The coming of age/road trip story features three truly memorable characters, Ramie Redfeather, Chas Sweeney, and Mae B. Laroux, as they meet up with one another on the road and travel together in search of the mystical musician (and possibly Ramie's father) Redfeather.
I laughed out loud at some of the antics and conversations between these three characters. The way the author gets inside the mind of teenage boys, I was surprised to realize it is a female author. Her perception and spot on teen male attitude is reminiscent of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. Very well done. I love Ramie's laid back, serious attitude, and the always entertaining, often irritating Chas is just as endearing.
The word usage and bits of knowledge spouted by all three characters is amazing. It really held me captive. At one point, Chas is described as having "a word arsenal and he's not afraid to use it." This, to me, describes this fantastic author. I can't wait to read more of her stories.
I listened to the audio version of this book and narrator, Aaron Landon, did a wonderful job. I felt like I was there, riding in the car with these characters.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2017
I recently listened to Linda Collison's novel Water Ghosts and instantly fell in love with the author's writing style. I was not disappointed to then read another of her novels, Looking for Redfeather. This is a wonderful coming-of-age tale, sure to capture your heart. When 3 rag-tag teens meet by chance and set out on the open road in a 1960 Cadillac, unexpected things happen. They each have a mission... one wants to follow her dream of making music, one wants to find his long lost father, and one wants desperately to escape what's happening to his mother back home. I highly recommend this novel!