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Linda Penner, author of, A Hitman Is Cheaper Than Divorce!
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Book!
Reviewed in Canada on November 29, 2016
Nice fast read and what a helluva ride - I could relate to most every mile of the journey! I highly recommend it for everyone who likes a book that grabs you and doesn't let go - with a blindside or two thrown it for good measure!
4.0 out of 5 starsHe becomes best friends with Meredith
Reviewed in Canada on April 9, 2017
Eleven-year-old Tucker Malone and his mother, Gina, were born in Paris, Ontario. She was a teenage unwed mother who has been traveling back and forth across the country since he was born looking for work as an exotic dancer or escort. In the early 1990s, they head across the country from British Columbia to Niagara Falls, ON, where she hears there is lots of work.
Gina has narcolepsy and is hit by a car one night after falling asleep on the road. Tucker has no family or friends and can't stay at the Niagara Motel, their home, alone so is put in a group home for older teens. He becomes best friends with Meredith, a pregnant 16-year-old hooker. His mother has never told him who his father is and he has always assumed it was Sam Malone from the TV show, Cheers. He convinces Meredith to take him to Boston so he can find Sam, who will instantly realize that Tucker is his son, perhaps marry Gina, and they will all live happily ever after. Unfortunately things don't turn out has he hoped.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. Tucker knew wasn't deal with the best of hands in life but he went along because he this was his life as he knew it. It was obvious that he and Gina had a strong relationship and really cared about each other. Tucker believes that the only thing missing from his life is his father. It is written in first person perspective in Tucker's voice. I sometimes find children in books annoying but Tucker wasn't. I liked the writing style and could definitely hear Tucker's voice. As a head's up, there is swearing.
As Tucker and Meredith hitchhike across the USA, they are picked up by strangers. It wasn't until the end when he is picked up by a infamous Canadian couple that I thought maybe the strangers in the States weren't actual strangers but I didn't get the references (and I didn't go back to Google them when I was done). Tucker and Meredith get caught up in the violence right after the Rodney King beating and the author didn't sugar-coat it.
the beginning of the novel was excellent and the characters were great. I really enjoyed the son and his mothers relationship. As I was enjoying the novel it suddenly got very violent and dark. I likely would not have read it had I known this.
I loved this book right from the start. The story made me laugh and cry and always kept me interested to see what was going to happen next. I would love the author to write a sequel to this book. I feel like I got to know the characters so well and want to read another story about them.