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Take Me With You Paperback – July 22, 2014
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Hyde’s followers, who love the warmth and inspiration they draw from her work (Walk Me Home, 2013, etc.), won’t be disappointed by this latest effort.
August is on his way to Yellowstone to go camping, but his RV has broken down, leaving him and his small part–Jack Russell terrier, Woody, stranded in a one-horse desert town. While the mechanic, Wes, works on the vehicle, the science teacher frets that he won’t have enough money to make it to the park. He’s not going for pleasure, although that was the original purpose of the trip; instead, he’s transporting some of his son’s ashes so he can sprinkle them around the park. He and Phillip, who was killed in the car accident that led to the breakup of August’s marriage, had planned the trip together. Now it seems as though the RV’s engine repairs will eat up most of his cash. Then Wes makes August an offer he can’t refuse: Finish your trip, but! take my two boys with you, and I won’t charge you anything. The boys, 12-year-old Seth, and Henry, 7, will go into the foster system if Wes, who's scheduled to serve 90 days in jail, can’t find an alternative. August refuses but finally relents, and what follows is a lifelong bond among a recovering alcoholic, a wise young boy who's been forced to play the grown-up since his mom walked out, and sweet but silent Henry. Hyde’s books can be almost relentlessly uplifting, but in her case, that’s not a bad thing. She does it well and manages to avoid bringing religion, schmaltz, or improbable outcomes into the mix, instead relying on crisp, clean prose and a straightforward method of storytelling that has its own unique appeal.
A story about good people doing their best to survive, combined with a message that will cause readers to close the book feeling a bit more hopeful about humanity.
“Bestseller Hyde’s (Pay it Forward) 24th book digs deeply into the ties of love, between both family and strangers...Hyde gives her characters great internal depth, and the book’s scope gives readers time to savor this memorable, moving journey.” —Publishers Weekly
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The plot is simple as you've probably already read. It's the characters and their personalities that make you believe they're real. They're not perfect, but they try to be good people. Makes you think ... just enough. There's so little plot it should be boring, but instead I couldn't put it down. There's no bombs, explosions, crime, drugs, aliens, politics or romance. What there is is people. All I can do is urge you to take a chance, except "I don't like to tell people what to do". Oh, and now I'm off to buy a camper ☺️
This book deals with several serious topics: Alcoholism; grief, less-than-perfect parenting; debilitating health issues. But in spite of (or maybe because of) dealing with these issues, lessons are learned, wonderful relationships are formed, and unforgettable memories created.
The book has a positive message, but sometimes it feels like the reader is being spoon-fed each "lesson". Often there's a whole page of stilted dialogue when a couple sentences would suffice. It's like, the reader is always ten steps ahead of the writer.
This is not a book for someone in a hurry. It's for someone who likes to saunter. It's not for someone who wants a book with lots of complicated plot twists or "graphic realism". It's definitely "PG rated" and you'll pretty much know where it's headed before it gets there. So just relax and enjoy the ride.
Take Me With You was totally Amazing!! This is one of those rare books you will want to Pre-Order or purchase the day it is released.
From the first page, this heartwarming story, grabs you and pulls you in, with a strong hold until the ending, and thereafter in your thoughts. My only issue was having to stop and finish work – and this is the type of book, you want to savor every word, as it will transform your life, as you cry and laugh with characters you learn to love and care for.
My favorite part was learning to “Just BE.” We all are guilty of rushing to arrive at our destination and do not enjoy the journey, and the experience of the present time.
This engaging story begins with a guy named August (a former alcoholic) divorced, school teacher, still grieving his teenage son Philip who died in a car accident. Now he is taking his motorhome, alone for the summer to visit the national parks, hike, and scatter his son’s ashes for his final goodbye.
However, fate steps in when he has problems with his RV and calls a towing company (man named Wes, also an alcoholic raising two small boys). Little does August know, while he is awaiting the repair of his RV, in order to get back on the road, this connection with this man and these two small boys, will change the course of his life forever, as well as the lives and destiny of these two small boys (Seth and Henry).
An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. This poignant novel reaches to the heart and soul with love, redemption, trust, transformation, and rediscovery, as the impact of this profound relationship will forever bond and shape the lives of two boys and a man, which nothing can break.
There are so many takeaways from this book, as would be ideal for book clubs or discussions. If you are a hiker, camper, or a nature lover you can appreciate this well researched book. If you are an alcoholic, a friend, parent, or family member involved, this book will give you much insight into the importance of support and mentors. (could see a sequel to followup with characters Seth and Henry, as they are too good to end)
I was blown away by this newfound author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, with her incredible attention to detail with places, moods, facial expressions, and rich character development. After I finished the book, discovered she actually hikes, kayaks, and visits national parks, as well as doing her research for Take Me With You, in her own 22’ motorhome. Wow, this made the book even more special, as her passion for nature is reflective throughout the book.
As an avid hiker and cycler, I have traveled most of the places in the book and can definitely appreciate the beauty of mountain areas and waterfalls (even though I have never taken up rock climbing). I have even stayed at a few of the campground cabins along a bike trail, which is quite relaxing—ah, this book was so for me. (I wanted to adopt these boys) and take a road trip.
I highly recommend Take Me With You, as an inspiring, compelling, and heartfelt story which will change your life. Catherine Ryan Hyde has been added to my favorite author list, and looking forward to reading more of her work!