Rated of 5
by 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.