New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.
Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it’s up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he’s his father’s only hope.
With the help of three locals—a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills—he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan’s world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he’s been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.
From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature—the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father—if he finds him alive.
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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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Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review. I love Catherine Ryan Hyde’s books, she’s one of my favorite “found via Kindle” authors, and this book was no exception. This is a bit of a condensed coming-of-age story, only covering a short period of time. But young Ethan has to grow up very quickly after an series of difficult events leads up to a race against time to find his father. Ethan has to face a lot of his fears and overcome his natural inclinations (not to mention his extremely conflicted feelings about his father) to undertake the search. The vivid descriptions of the fictional Blythe River Wilderness left me wishing that it were a real place. (Perhaps I should visit the Wind River Range in Wyoming, upon which she’s said it’s very loosely based.) But as with the other books I’ve read by Hyde, the characters are the real stars of the story - flawed, well-drawn and fully developed. She’s delivered another satisfying read, and hasn’t disappointed me yet. Happily, I haven’t read all of her books, so anticipate more enjoyable reads from Ms. Hyde.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings First, I don't read a ton of adventurie stories with hiking and bears and wilderness and I don't read a lot of books with males or even younger males as the lead. This was a departure from my usual, but with an author that I have read and loved! I loved how it was formatted. I loved how the story lets you know from the beginning that Ethan's father is going to go missing, but we need to start before he does to set the foundation. I am so glad we meet Ethan and his parents before his move to Wyoming and before his dad's disappearance, so we the reader are somewhat informed.
"Leaving Blythe River" isn't your typical missing persons story. The book starts before Ethan's father disappears, when his life changes (he and his mother discover his father is having an affair with Jennifer, his secretary whom Ethan is in love with). This sets off a series of events which lands Ethan alone with his father in a small, country town bordering a national park, complete with bears. It isn't long before his father fails to return home one day, presumably after a run When his father goes missing, Ethan still hasn't forgiven him or started to mend things. Despite everyone official giving up on the search, assuming his father ran away after breaking up with a different young woman, Ethan continues with his neighbors, Jone and Sam (and Marcus for a while). This is the brunt and strength of the story. Ethan really comes into his own, learning about himself on this journey. Jone and Sam are amazing people who are not perfect but give Sam the support and love he needs to grow. It's really an incredible journey the three of them take. Ethan learns a lot about himself and how and why he feels about his parents, what he wants out of life and builds up courage, personality, and strength. I won't spoil the end of the journey, but it's a captivating read. Please note that I received this book through goodreads giveaways.
Ethan Underwood’s story as told by Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book, Leaving Blythe River, is many things: realistic, painful, frightening, coming of age, truthful, and authentic in every way. Catherine Ryan Hyde has the ability to draw her characters, especially Ethan, as if she steps into their skin and becomes them. A 17-year old boy, son of athletic parents, finds himself under-developed in the eyes of family and some friends. Ethan is scrawny in build, doesn’t like athletics of any kind, and he’d rather be anywhere than with his dad, the obsessive runner of all time. Yet Ethan’s summer turns upside down and he ends up with his dad staying near the Blythe River National Wilderness Area. In keeping with his dad’s running regimen, one morning Ethan’s father leaves home for his run but never returns. New to the area and the people who live nearby, Ethan forms his own search team and takes off to find his dad. Ethan puts his life on the line to save his dad. When others are ready to give up, he knows he has seen something and despite his fears, he climbs into a dangerous area to continue his search. A story of personal courage and bravery for a young man who didn’t believe he had it in him. Ethan comes away having grown exponentially from his experiences, and his parents see him in a new light. Good family reading for youth and young adults in a similar personal situation of less than average growth progress both physically and mentally with respect to being ready for anything. I highly recommend Catherine Ryan Hyde’s writing to all readers who love being treated to a feast with each new book. FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
I had a hard time at the beginning of this book getting into it. The teenage angst was going full stream and I was considering putting it down. That kid was seriously getting on my nerves. I have read this author's books before and have never had a problem with them. Nonetheless, I continued onward and I'm glad that I did. It turned out to be a really good read. I even actually ended up liking the daggone teenager. While I can say, it's not my favorite of hers, it's still definitely entertaining and enjoyable. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book. As I said, not her best, but I've read much worse. I think it's worth recommending.