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This stand-alone is easy to follow. No editing errors or violence. Family dysfunction, no drag-you-down drama.
It starts off rather slow, most of the focus is on family dysfunction. It soon picks up speed and the reader joins Ray on his search for the meaning of life and ownership of the trailer park.
Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-Provoking, memorable and humorous dialogue.
“Tell me about yourself,” he asks in a quiet voice. “What are you good at?”
"I’m okay at school, when I want to be, but it’s boring so I don’t try very hard. I don’t know any other languages or nothing. Never really got into sports.”
"You’re listing excuses and weaknesses,” he says. “What are you good at?”
“The American Dream worked when the government was handing out land, and the dream was to have a good life with a family. It worked when your only other option was to be a priest or a soldier. That’s not now. Now you have to find your niche, you have to dig deeper into that niche and be the best of what you can be. Not the best at anything. Not the best at everything.”
'Comparison is poison. The poison is available at any time. It detracts from very real accomplishments and it hides all the steps and hardships required along the way to any achievement, even the hard work required from a prodigy. The trick is to look inward. Did you do your best, did you beat your own best time? Do you understand your math? Be your own pond.”
'Measurements are like grades, degrees, money in the bank: all of it is for people who do not control their destinies. They are controlled by those around them.'
No desire to re-read this story. I may be interested in other works by this author.
Ray is a 17-year-old boy who lives at a trailer park owned by his grandmother. We only meet Grandma after her demise, but she still plays an important role in the book. To the chagrin of his wildly dysfunctional family, Grandma's will leaves the trailer park to Ray - but only if he can tell the estate's executor the meaning of life, as dictated by Grandma, in 30 days.
Ray doesn't know the meaning of life. Is it to become a massively popular gamer with a huge following? Is it Tina, the girl he's mooned over from afar for a while now? What is it? Enter Dalen Anders, self-help guru. He takes a break from his celebrity makeovers to help Ray, even when Ray might not really want the help.
I'm not going to tell you the story. That's the author's job, and he does it just fine. But I'm telling you, read this book. I laughed. I wanted to bop some characters over the head and hug others. There are ATVs and monster trucks and Unicorn Farts and so much more. This was definitely worth the read, and I look forward to reading more from the author.
I look forward to reading more from this author. He is so talented.
Ray is young, but he isn’t too young to be responsible. His mother is pretty horrible and so is his sister. But his grandmother has coddled him a bit and allowed him to live in the trailer park and game to his heart’s content while his mother and sister do the bulk of the work to run the park. Then suddenly his grandmother dies and leaves him the park. He has 30 days to find the meaning of life or the park goes back to his mother - and it is worth a lot.
Ray engages a famous motivational speaker to help him, and at first it’s just madness. But as Ray is at first forced to become accountable and engage in life, he comes to realize how the cogs fit together and how the people themselves are not as one dimensional as he first believed.
The imagery of this book is so vivid you kind of feel dirty all the time, sort of muddied and mosquito bitten and a little depressed. Like Ray. At first it’s a difficult to keep reading because you dislike the feeling. But then you realize that every life in the park has meaning, that there is value even in things we may not fully understand at first. Things might seem muddy and difficult and confusing at first - but that doesn’t take away from their inherent value.
We all want to know the meaning of life, and we all hope we can find it wherever we are. Can Ray really find it in a dirty trailer park that seems like it’s at the end of the world with no way out?