Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea

by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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ISBN-13: 9781477819715
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 52,375
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.
Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.

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Allie and Bea 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Two people who are basically polar opposites end up in a car together with no plan and no agenda. Bea has lost everything from a scam and decides to get in her van and drive away. Allie has lost everything because of her parents and their issues, she "runs" into Bea and together they will repair each other and carve a new path.
Irene Olson More than 1 year ago
I love stories about intergenerational relationships. Thank you, Catherine, for this absolutely grand read!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
When I was offered Allie and Bea to read for a review I didn't hesitate for a minute. Pay It Forward, the author's previous book, changed my life, and how I look at life, and to have the chance to be part of this virtual tour for Allie and Bea is an honor that I humbly accepted. And the journey Allie and Bea take, both mentally and physically, astonished me with the realistic and sober look at life, and how easy it is to shatter the frames of the life we live, rarely with a little care or thought for tomorrow. This is not one of those stories that you read through one night, write a review, and move on with your life. To fully grasp the life-changing potential of the story, I needed to let it sit for a little while, and ponder about it. The blurb sets the scene for the story in an excellent way. Both Allie and Bea end up homeless, living together in a van, depending on each other to survive. Either of them is fully responsible for their own predicament, how their lives end being what it is today. But they don't have the luxury of blaming others or share the responsibility with someone else. They are on their own and often at the mercy of the strangers that they meet during their journey. The story mesmerized my mind, it was not possible to stay as an observer looking at these two women at the opposite stages of life, trying to make it for one more day. The author dissect the human nature in a brilliant way, showing how easy it is to slip from the main flow of life, and how fast your morals, your ethics, your sense of right and wrong changes, when it comes to your own survival, when you are hungry, penniless, and in a need of place to sleep. When your basic needs have not been met the compromises can come effortlessly. The 'truths' we often take as a necessity, because that's just how things are, are put into a question in the story and shown in a new light. The way most people look at homelessness, and people living off from their cars, change because, in reality, they are just like you and me. How fragile is our lifestyle? How secure are we with our financial situation? How many hits can my own economy take before I'm living on the streets? It doesn't necessarily take a storm to blow away the house of cards we have built, the privileges we take as self-evident rights. Every person Allie and Bea meet end up making an impact on them, whether a good or bad. Sometimes it is an act of kindness that makes a change to their desired destination, sometimes just a word that makes them reflect on their own actions. I was left wondering how little it can take from me, in my interactions with others, to actually make a life-changing difference to someone else. Be careful what you say or do, you never know what kind of ripple effect it has on your environment and the world at large. Both Allie and Bea change and grow as human beings and women through their time together. They share their lives, their life stories, their hopes, and their disappointments. Allie and Bea decide to look at their trip as an adventure, something positive and exciting to look forward to, instead of an escape from the realities they left behind, to that place where home used to be. Until it comes the time to face it all again. Allie and Bea is a beautiful story of survival, friendship, and kindred hearts. It is an honest and raw look at the human mind, the fragility of the western lifestyle and the standards we have created over the years and decades.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Bea's husband hasn't left her much money and the Social Security check she receives every month isn't enough to cover her costs. She's almost run out of money and loses everything she has left to pay her bills with because of a telephone scam. Bea now only has her van and as she can't pay the rent of her trailer anymore she's homeless. She takes her cat and decides to make the most of her days by driving along the Pacific Coast. The only problem is that she doesn't have money for food or gas, so she has to be creative to make others pay for even her most basic needs. Allie's parents have been arrested for tax fraud. Allie doesn't have any family she can stay with and her parents don't have close friends who can take her in either. This means Allie is being sent to a group home. Allie is afraid, because her roommate is a dangerous girl who's threatened to harm her. She tries to escape, but once she's on the streets more danger awaits her. Allie doesn't have anyone left and nowhere to go, until she meets Bea. Bea reluctantly agrees to take Allie with her, but traveling with a fifteen-year-old is the last thing she thinks she wants. However, when the days go by Bea and Allie are actually starting to enjoy themselves. Will they be okay in each other's company? Allie and Bea is a fantastic story about the incredibly journey of an old lady and a young girl. Allie and Bea meet by chance and find out they are both struggling with the same issue, they don't have a place to stay and they don't have any money. Allie is quite naïve and Bea hasn't seen much of the world. They learn from each other and become equals, which is something I loved about their story. Allie has to grow up quickly and she's surprisingly wise for a girl her age. Bea is a clever lady and together they manage to eat and find places to stay. Their journey is unusual and while seeing the beautiful Pacific Coast they're forming a terrific interesting connection. Catherine Ryan Hyde writes about a unique bond between two people who couldn't be more different from each other. Allie is young and grew up in a wealthy environment and Bea is old and has been poor her entire life, but they do find things they have in common, which is something I really enjoyed about their story. I love the way Catherine Ryan Hyde describes what they're going through, she does this with warmth, empathy and honesty. It was easy to connect with the main characters and their adventures sometimes brought tears to my eyes, but they also made me smile on a regular basis. I loved this story from beginning to end and highly recommend it. Allie and Bea are very special main characters and their story is absolutely brilliant.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Bea's husband hasn't left her much money and the Social Security check she receives every month isn't enough to cover her costs. She's almost run out of money and loses everything she has left to pay her bills with because of a telephone scam. Bea now only has her van and as she can't pay the rent of her trailer anymore she's homeless. She takes her cat and decides to make the most of her days by driving along the Pacific Coast. The only problem is that she doesn't have money for food or gas, so she has to be creative to make others pay for even her most basic needs. Allie's parents have been arrested for tax fraud. Allie doesn't have any family she can stay with and her parents don't have close friends who can take her in either. This means Allie is being sent to a group home. Allie is afraid, because her roommate is a dangerous girl who's threatened to harm her. She tries to escape, but once she's on the streets more danger awaits her. Allie doesn't have anyone left and nowhere to go, until she meets Bea. Bea reluctantly agrees to take Allie with her, but traveling with a fifteen-year-old is the last thing she thinks she wants. However, when the days go by Bea and Allie are actually starting to enjoy themselves. Will they be okay in each other's company? Allie and Bea is a fantastic story about the incredibly journey of an old lady and a young girl. Allie and Bea meet by chance and find out they are both struggling with the same issue, they don't have a place to stay and they don't have any money. Allie is quite naïve and Bea hasn't seen much of the world. They learn from each other and become equals, which is something I loved about their story. Allie has to grow up quickly and she's surprisingly wise for a girl her age. Bea is a clever lady and together they manage to eat and find places to stay. Their journey is unusual and while seeing the beautiful Pacific Coast they're forming a terrific interesting connection. Catherine Ryan Hyde writes about a unique bond between two people who couldn't be more different from each other. Allie is young and grew up in a wealthy environment and Bea is old and has been poor her entire life, but they do find things they have in common, which is something I really enjoyed about their story. I love the way Catherine Ryan Hyde describes what they're going through, she does this with warmth, empathy and honesty. It was easy to connect with the main characters and their adventures sometimes brought tears to my eyes, but they also made me smile on a regular basis. I loved this story from beginning to end and highly recommend it. Allie and Bea are very special main characters and their story is absolutely brilliant.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
3.5 STARS Allie and Bea started slow for me. I felt like it was kind of a pity party for Bea. Poor her…having her accounts wiped clean, losing her husband, not being able to pay rent…nothing was going her way. Then she went shady and ran. I wasn’t sure of her. Then there was Allie. Her folks get arrested and she is taken to a group home where she has to run. There was no fault on Allie’s part but I feel like she was living in a dream world with how she thought her life would end up. Maybe it was due to her age but I have a 15 year old and I hope she would be less naïve that Allie and know that life can be tough and sometimes you have to put on your big girl pants and figure out how to get along with different people. My favorite part of the book is the travelling and the scenes they saw. The coast, the lighthouse, the beaches, and the towns they visited captured my attention and had me dreaming of a fun vacation. It was fun that Allie and Bea winged their trip for the most part. They decided where to stop, where to eat, and which direction to head based on recommendations from locals, how much gas and money they had, and where they were at the time. I think travelling this way would be fun. Hyde wrote a fun book. I didn’t have to think a lot and could just fall into the story and follow along on their journey. Thanks to Lake Union for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I have only recently discovered Catherine Ryan Hyde. However, since that discovery, I have read about four of her books. I have not been disappointed by any of them. This book reaches right up there with the others. I loved these characters. Bea so grouchy and pissed at the world, her deceased husband and how she has ended up at her age with really nothing. And then there's Allie, so young and innocent, honest and trustworthy. Allie literally runs into Bea while she is driving her van and just jumps into the van. Bea is frantically trying to push her out thinking she's about to be carjacked while Allie is telling her that a man is after her and that Bea needs to drive away and do it fast. This is the beginning of the Allie and Bea story. This was such a great story, I absolutely loved it. Their bickering and fighting over what little money they have together as they decide to travel up the coast of California to the Puget Sound. You will definitely need tissues for this! And I guarantee you will love these characters at the end of the book. I know I did and was not even close to being ready to leave them when I read the last page. I want an Allie and Bea series! HA!! Huge thanks to Lake Union Publishing for approving my request to read this book and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Allie and Bea is a charming novel of determination in the face of unexpected circumstances as two completely different people find adventure. Catherine Ryan Hyde makes readers believe in the goodness of human nature. Bea and Allie's stories are told in alternating chunks throughout the novel. When Bea finds herself living in her van followed by Allie's world crumbling around her, I had no idea how their two stories would merge. Their stories finally converge and the overall picture becomes grander. At this point, readers are taken on a wild adventure along with our leading ladies! Bea and Allie make the unlikeliest of partners as they take on the Californian coast. Each new town provides a lesson in opening up, growing up, and even finding the courage to explore. I highly recommend Allie and Bea to readers who want a humorous, feel-good story! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
Bea is in her 70's living alone and barely making ends meet when she is the victim of a telephone scam. She packs up her belongings and loads up her van and starts driving. Allie is 15 when both her parents are arrested for tax fraud and she is sent to a group home. Her roommate is violent and threatens Allie so she runs away with another girl. Allie runs away from a very dangerous situation and right into Bea! They end up driving together along the West Coast. At first things are a bit tricky but they soon fall into friends and helping each other. This is a story of family and what makes a family. It shows you that you don't have to be blood related to be family and love and support each other. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Allie and Bea is a compelling, heartfelt novel that touches the soul. This book lingered in my thoughts long after I finished the last page. It’s a story about love, friendship, oppression, and survival.  Bea is an elderly homeless woman, traveling in a van with her cat. Allie is a fifteen-year-old-naive girl who had a privileged, happy life until her parents went to prison. Allie was put into foster care, where she feared for her life and ran away.  Bea never imagined that she would be the type of person who would manipulate unsuspecting individuals for money. But, being homeless forced her to do just that. She was surviving alone with her cat when a frightened teen, Allie, leaped into her van and changed Bea’s life forever. After a stormy start, Bea and Allie started to enjoy one another’s company. They stayed in campgrounds and parking lots and began to discover that people were generally kind; something that Bea found, remarkable. While hiding from the authorities, Allie and Bea learned valuable lessons. They would also develop a strong, unbreakable bond. I love finding new favorite authors and Catherine Ryan Hyde is now one of them. I loved this book and will definitely read more by this talented writer. Don’t miss this extraordinary novel. I highly recommend giving it a read. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Last updated on 12 May 2017 I would like to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Catherine Ryan Hyde for the ARC of "Allie and Bea" by Catherine Ryan Hyde for my honest review. The Genres of this novel are General Fiction(Adult) and Women's Fiction. I love the way that Catherine Ryan Hyde describes the scenic Pacific coastline, beaches and quaint resting places. The characters are described as complex and complicated. The two main characters are portrayed as "victims" of rules set in place that are not working for their benefit. As a result, they are running away from their circumstances. The two character have some similarities, but many more differences. Bea is an over seventy year old widow who has been victimized in a scam and has lost all her money. She leaves with her 18 year old cat in an old van, with a sour outlook on life. Allie is a young 15 year old teenager, who is taken by social services, when her affluent parents are put in jail for tax fraud. Allie meets with difficulties, and runs away. Allie is frank, honest, naive, and feels lost. The unlikely duo meet and form an mixed friendship to survive. They go on adventures and both learn many things on their travels together. I love the way the author writes about family, friends, trust, betrayal, loyalty, love and hope. This is such a charming and endearing read, and I recommend this high