Leaving Blythe River: A Novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ethan’s life is turned upside down when his mother sends him to live with his father near the Blythe River National Wilderness. Although he is seventeen years old, he is very small for his age and had recently undergone a mugging in New York City. Ethan is in the middle of nowhere and has only met a couple of neighbors when his father goes missing during a run in the wilderness. The rangers stop the search and rescue after just a couple of days, but Ethan cannot shake the feeling that his father is hurt and alive, waiting for rescue. Will Ethan and his new neighbors be able to do what the rangers could not?
Leaving Blythe River is a coming of age story with a wonderful adventure weaved within. Hyde has created a tale that slowly pulls the reader in until they understand that there is no escape except to finish. The ending gives the reader satisfaction without feeling forced and the pages seem to turn themselves as each character is unpacked and their strengths begin to complement the weaknesses of the others. A great read that should be added to everyone’s TBR list.
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