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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.
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By Jennifer on 05-31-16
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Jan on 05-30-16
A Boy Becomes More Than His Parents Ever Will Be
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.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful