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

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

by Paul Jury
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States of Confusion: My 19,000-Mile Detour to Find Direction 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
JoeVerde More than 1 year ago
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.
jimbo52 More than 1 year ago
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.
HillaryPlatte More than 1 year ago
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.
American_Burger More than 1 year ago
Please give this a read! Don't trust the 1-star reviews all that much, most of them are from bitter grannies complaining about "kids these days" and didn't even bother to learn about how this book was written. It's not the best book ever and it has flaws, sure, but it's actually a very amusing read! This memoir is about Paul Jury's travel across the contiguous 48 states with the sole goal of looking for his purpose. With the rather ridiculous goal of finishing his trip in 48 days, he comes across lots of misadventures, new friends, and different answers to the very question that fueled his need for direction. While this book mostly consists of comedic stories, there's a surprising amount of heart sprinkled here and there. While there are moments when you can't help but wonder why Jury had such ridiculous ideas (don't worry, he expresses this feeling too as he tells the story), more often than not you'll find most of his experiences highly amusing, and the book does a pretty good job at making you feel as if you were right there with him. The book includes lots of really good life advice that Jury recieved during his trip, and in my opinion, his personal conclusion was also pretty solid. At the start of the book, it's very clear that Jury had his life goals set very rigid, which caused him to lose direction when, and I quote, "Great Things couldn't give a crap". The lessons he learns across the book are ones that'd I really recommend to anyone who currently feels like he once did. In conclusion, this is a really good book that I'd definetly recommend to anyone who needs some humor and life advice in their prime years. Even if you don't really care much about Jury's adventures, I think the heart of the book is reason enough to give the book a shot. I wish the book was longer, but then again, I couldn't blame Jury for not remembering everything of a trip he took way back in 2003, because I certainly couldn't!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MaggzD More than 1 year ago
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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GeorgyPorgy More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sounds stupid!