Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde (no spoilers)

Book: Allie and Bea
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
Publication: May 23, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Read: March 10-April 9, 2017
Summary (from goodreads):

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.

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *

My Thoughts:
The beginning of Allie and Bea is a mystery. We start off the book by meeting Bea and we have no idea how these two characters stories will connect. There is a lot of background information that the author goes over in the first part of the story. When we are introduced to Allie their stories are still completely separate. Allie's story in the beginning is very intense and heartbreaking. She goes through so many things that a child should never have to go through. Then fate brings Allie and Bea together. 

For me after they met is when the story started to make sense. I understand the title of the book after they meet. Then they started their adventure. Their adventure was really interesting at first, but it did have times that were boring. I really enjoyed getting to know these two characters better and how they connected over the course of the book. 

Hyde put in serious themes to Allie and Bea. These are situations that can happen to real people. Allie's situation weighed on my heart as a teacher because I have students that are in the foster system. Allie came from a good situation, but her parents got themselves in some deep trouble. I can't say I understand Bea's situation, but it is a good example of how people don't always choose to be homeless. Bea was barely making it by and after he money got stolen she had limited options. I think Allie and Bea is a great book. I really enjoyed learning about the characters and I think many other people would enjoy this book. The ending was a great conclusion to the story. I was happy for the characters and their future. 

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