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States of Confusion: My 19,000-Mile Detour to Find Direction Hardcover – May 18, 2011
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I bought it for the student I mentor and he loved it, so I had to order a bunch more for his friends. A very uplifting story.
A book like this could easily be unreadable, especially from someone so....well, young. But Jury is a really good writer in that he describes perfectly what is going on in his head even when the reader knows he is fouling up. The inner dialouge is stellar, interesting and nicely-paced.
The angst felt by the author is typical for recent college graduates who have yet to fall into their careers. Made more difficult by a relationship with his girlfriend that he hasn't quite figured out, Jury is unabashedly honest to a fault. I can only imagine how the girlfriend felt reading the blog he updated as he drove on his madcap 48-state jaunt.
Jury encounters many frustrating events which turn into metaphors for learning examples: financial budgeting, relationship balancing, troubleshooting, time management and decision making. The books is chock full of humor and the author is skillful at making you feel as if you are riding shotgun on his enjoyable trip.
I won't ruin the final pages, but suffice to say that ultimately the author does finally make some long-delayed decisions. I recommend this book if you are looking for a low-key yet interesting adventure for a lazy weekend. As I said before, in the hands of a less-skilled writer this book could have been boring but I found myself pulling for the author to reach the goals he listed for himself prior to the drive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love reading about the authors adventures in each state, especially when I could relate because I had been there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Adams
This book is a must read for anyone who has not yet figured out what they want to do with their lives AND for those who thought they had it all figured out, but are not happy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dragonfly Magic
This book was terrible! How he managed to write an entire book about absolutely NOTHING amazes me. Nothing on this road trip was worth writing about. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Karla
It's a very fun and easy book to read even though the whole idea of a U.S roadtrip involving 48 states in 48 days sounds incredibly stupidPublished 24 months ago by Mme Pascale Viple
Overall, I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was. The authors discussion about his personal journey of finding himself and needing to explore the country makes it... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by nicktwolf
I brought this book 6 years ago and finally got around to reading it. I still appreciated it as 35 year old but think it would have impressed me more as a 29 year old. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Jeremiah Mills
My boyfriend and I are gearing up for a 4 week road trip from the east to the west coast and found this book inspiring for our travels! Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Colleen Shuda