Kathleen S. (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Walk Me Home Review
From the author of "Pay It Forward" comes a good read for a week at the beach. It is the story of two sisters whose Mother dies suddenly. The girls are trying to avoid foster care if they can locate an former friend of their Mom's. The trip the girls make is almost entirely on foot from Arizona to northern California. It seems sometimes too unbelievable to digest. The girls develop as independents though, and it is a good read.
Kristen K. (Atlanta, GA)
Walk Me Home
This is a coming of age story of two sisters under difficult circumstances. The story centers around the older sister. For most of the book I really did not like her character but the author did a good job of helping you understand her perspective and why she behaved like she did. Reading about how she was able to change was almost as painful for the reader as it was for her. I enjoyed reading about the girls travels and where they ended up. The book would provide many good discussion points for a book club and anyone who has ever raised a teenager can relate to the main character's journey.
Penny P. (Santa Barbara, CA)
A long walk
I didn't realize this book was for younger readers but I am happy I read it anyway. While it was hard to imagine girls this young out on their own it did speak to how resourceful and resilient people can be when necessary. It also showed that when life dosen't turn out as expected, we can move forward and find a new and different life. This book was an easy and quick read.
Martha L. (Warner, NH)
a journey home
Walk Me Home by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a novel that tugs at your heart strings and allows you to see the good in people. The main characters are two resilient girls; Jen (11 years old) and Carly (16 years old). They are sisters who live with their mom and whoever she happens to be living with at that time. Their mom works two jobs and seems to be less than "caring" according to Carly.
A series of incidents occur that leave Jen, Carly and their mom in an unsafe position with a volatile man in New Mexico. The man and the mother are killed in a car accident and the girls are left alone and vulnerable. They decide to hike back to where they have lived for a long time in California. Carly thinks that Ted (the last boyfriend) will take them in and care for them. Jen is less able to believe that he is a safe choice. Jen and Carly end up walking a long, long way keeping track of all the money they are going to owe people who they have borrowed or even stolen from.
It is a long journey for two young girls to Walk Me Home and a variety of people offer to help; some good, some bad. Jen is more able to accept help than Carly, which eventually causes a breech in their relationship.
The book is identified as a young adult's book grades nine and up. Catherine Ryan Hyde also wrote the book Pay it Forward. It is scheduled to be out on in a couple of weeks at the end of April.
The book allows the reader to see the good in a variety of people who offer to help, while allowing the main characters to struggle in their journey that is more than just miles on a road. The story line and the characterization of the book was good. It is an author I would choose to read again. It is a fast read that is difficult to put down as you become more entranced with the girls and how the story rolls out. Some journeys are more than just a move to a new place.
Paula K. (Cave Creek, AZ)
Walk Me Home is why I love Bookbrowse First Impressions. Otherwise, I would never have read this wonderful book or met its author whose earlier works I can't wait to read. I pretty much devoured Walk Me Home in one setting – aboard a 4-hour plane ride that felt like four minutes, and finished the rest in the car on the way home from the airport. Luckily I was not driving.
Walk Me Home begins with sisters Carly and Jen, ages 16 and 11, in the first of many crises. They are escaping by bicycle from an event that takes much of the book to unwind. Hyde perfectly captures the angst of youth with the push-pull of sisterhood. While some of their crises may lack perfect plausibility they do capture a terrific story which enjoys the magnificent setting of the western U.S.
Helen M. (Petaluma, CA)
A Journey of Discovery
This book was read in one weekend. I did not really expect to like it and the truth is I loved it. Walk Me Home is full of wonderful character development and they are lively and interesting people. They make you laugh and cry. We learn about Naive American reservations, we experience the bold and colorful Southwest. Love and forgiveness are recurring themes in the book. I am not talking about plot as I feel it should not be spoiled in any way. It unfolds and we are happy onlookers.
Valerie C. (Chico, CA)
Good young adult fiction without the vampires
It has been awhile since I've been so engrossed in a book to finish it in less than 24 hours. This book absorbed my interest from the opening page, and kept delivering. Walk Me Home touches on many important issues for young adults: abuse, mothers whose best is really not quite enough, sibling dynamics, and trust. I doubt readers will be disappointed.