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States of Confusion: My 19,000-Mile Detour to Find Direction

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Hilarious, Touching Graduation Present

A heck of an adventure:)

I bought this book for my graduating brother, but once I read the first few pages I had to delay his gift for a few days until I had my turn. Jury has a way of putting into (hilarious) words the feelings so many of us when we're fresh out in...
A heck of an adventure:)

I bought this book for my graduating brother, but once I read the first few pages I had to delay his gift for a few days until I had my turn. Jury has a way of putting into (hilarious) words the feelings so many of us when we're fresh out into the real world, clueless, and wish we could just leave it all behind and drive to every corner of America.

Absolutely recommended.

posted by JoeVerde on June 5, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

No adventure just immaturity thinking it¿s an adventure

I did not really like this road trip documentary and, in fact, found it to be depressing. It showed me how bad the generation gap is between me and my grandchildren. I started this book only because I had made almost the same road trip in search of MY goals in life. I d...
I did not really like this road trip documentary and, in fact, found it to be depressing. It showed me how bad the generation gap is between me and my grandchildren. I started this book only because I had made almost the same road trip in search of MY goals in life. I did this in 1959 between semesters in college and time in the army. My trip did not include doing 48 States in 48 days. That would have been too hectic to think about my goals. I believe the author did this because it made a good title for his “adventure.” For a 23 year old college graduate he seemed very immature to me but you can judge this yourself by reading his own writing. He drove a known broken down car through some of the worse traveled roads in the western United States on limited money while having no respect for speed limits and other common sense factors, such as always putting and losing his car keys in a pocket that had a hole in it. Ok laugh, but read on and see what else his did, such as having plenty of money for beer but no money to wash his clothing. He seemed to think the problems he incurred were funny and I am sure that many of his peers would think so as well. He got himself into serious trouble several times, but each time it was his own fault. However he did make an “adventure” of this. Of course he was doing a blog at the time of his journey and had the advantage of a cell phone and laptop to get help when he needed it. He also had a very supportive family and girl friend and he took advantage of them all. A personal confront to me was his lack of appreciation for Highway 66, which I had travelled 13 times from Chicago to California. Yes, that highway is mostly an Interstate now but he was on the back roads. I hate to be the only one to give a low rating on this book, but I think what the author really did in writing this “journal” was to show how immature he was. Even as a documentary it was done badly. If anyone was planning a similar trip they would only get from it things that any bum knows. Sheesh, both cars he drove did not even have a working cigarette lighter to charge is cell phone. He finally proudly explains how to get free electricity from outside sockets of gas stations. But he DID learn this himself and not from a college course. Maybe there is hope for him yet!

posted by 12467721 on May 22, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    No adventure just immaturity thinking it¿s an adventure

    I did not really like this road trip documentary and, in fact, found it to be depressing. It showed me how bad the generation gap is between me and my grandchildren. I started this book only because I had made almost the same road trip in search of MY goals in life. I did this in 1959 between semesters in college and time in the army. My trip did not include doing 48 States in 48 days. That would have been too hectic to think about my goals. I believe the author did this because it made a good title for his “adventure.” For a 23 year old college graduate he seemed very immature to me but you can judge this yourself by reading his own writing. He drove a known broken down car through some of the worse traveled roads in the western United States on limited money while having no respect for speed limits and other common sense factors, such as always putting and losing his car keys in a pocket that had a hole in it. Ok laugh, but read on and see what else his did, such as having plenty of money for beer but no money to wash his clothing. He seemed to think the problems he incurred were funny and I am sure that many of his peers would think so as well. He got himself into serious trouble several times, but each time it was his own fault. However he did make an “adventure” of this. Of course he was doing a blog at the time of his journey and had the advantage of a cell phone and laptop to get help when he needed it. He also had a very supportive family and girl friend and he took advantage of them all. A personal confront to me was his lack of appreciation for Highway 66, which I had travelled 13 times from Chicago to California. Yes, that highway is mostly an Interstate now but he was on the back roads. I hate to be the only one to give a low rating on this book, but I think what the author really did in writing this “journal” was to show how immature he was. Even as a documentary it was done badly. If anyone was planning a similar trip they would only get from it things that any bum knows. Sheesh, both cars he drove did not even have a working cigarette lighter to charge is cell phone. He finally proudly explains how to get free electricity from outside sockets of gas stations. But he DID learn this himself and not from a college course. Maybe there is hope for him yet!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Hilarious, Touching Graduation Present

    A heck of an adventure:)

    I bought this book for my graduating brother, but once I read the first few pages I had to delay his gift for a few days until I had my turn. Jury has a way of putting into (hilarious) words the feelings so many of us when we're fresh out into the real world, clueless, and wish we could just leave it all behind and drive to every corner of America.

    Absolutely recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    Think I would let this one pass!

    Interesting scenerios in several of the states visited, but all in all, not the best for a high school "What I did on my summer Vacation" paper, but as a published book that someone has to pay for - dont think so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Hilarious and sweet

    Usually with a road trip book you get either "funny" (like the movie "Roadtrip") or "meaningful" (think Kerouac or Steinbeck). This book's some of both!

    More than just being thoroughly funny (which it is), Paul Jury's direction-finding journey through all all the States is also a story of someone trying to find where he belongs. Whether you're a recent grad or not, read this book. Your stomach will be sore from laughing, but the rest of you will thank you for it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Take a Road Trip!

    This was a great read. Good writing that doesn't take itself too seriously. I could have organized his trip a bit better but suspect that would have defeated the purpose and not resulted in such a funny book.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    48 states in 48 days

    This is coming of age story - true. Paul Jury decides to see 48 states in 48 days much to the chagrin of his girlfriend.

    Paul is to set out in an old VW bus to accomplish his goal. However, the VW breaks down & he is given his parent's Ford Tarus to start his journey.

    Each state has its own flavor. Finally the VW is repaired & he meets his mother to surrender the Ford & keep going in the VW. However, the VW has other ideas and continues to break down.

    Paul eventually makes it through all 48 states and discovers what he is really meant to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Stinks

    This book sounds stupid!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Great Graduation Present

    Loved this book! Hooked from the start, I felt like I went on a hilarious and honest adventure across the country. Filled with insight, clever wit, and hilarious observations, "States" is a ton of fun, and a great way to see the sites of America and learn something without wearing down your tires.

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