Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Paperback, 350 pages
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

My Thoughts…

Allie and Bea started slow for me.   I felt like it was kind of a pity party for Bea.   Poor her…having her accounts wiped clean, losing her husband, not being able to pay rent…nothing was going her way.     Then she went shady and ran.    I wasn’t sure of her.    Then there was Allie.   Her folks get arrested and she is taken to a group home where she has to run.     There was no fault on Allie’s part but I feel like she was living in a dream world with how she thought her life would end up.    Maybe it was due to her age but I have a 15 year old and I hope she would be less naïve that Allie and know that life can be tough and sometimes you have to put on your big girl pants and figure out how to get along with different people.  

My favorite part of the book is the travelling and the scenes they saw.   The coast, the lighthouse, the beaches, and the towns they visited captured my attention and had me dreaming of a fun vacation.     It was fun that Allie and Bea winged their trip for the most part.     They decided where to stop, where to eat, and which direction to head based on recommendations from locals, how much gas and money they had, and where they were at the time.     I think travelling this way would be fun.

Hyde  wrote a fun book.      I didn’t have to think a lot and could just fall into the story and follow along on their journey.     

Thanks to Lake Union  for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.   

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