Allie and Bea, or what could also be titled When Bad Things Happen to Good People, is Catherine Ryan Hyde’s newest release. If you have not read her before, get yourself immediately to a bookstore or library to pick up some of her novels. You might know her as the woman who wrote the book Pay it Forward, in which the movie starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt was based.
This new book tells the story of Bea, a woman who had been easily making do living in her trailer since the death of her husband. She lives on very little and is used to her lifestyle until one telephone call ends it all.
Allie is a teenager from a wealthy household who always has the newest gadgets and doesn’t need to beg for anything. When her life is turned upside down, she is thrust out into the “real world” without any preparation.
Neither of them were prepared for an adventure or companionship, but it turns out they needed each other more than they expected. I noticed myself smiling in many spots as I was reading this book. It was such a joy for these two to experience new surroundings with each other. But I was so impressed how they each taught each other to have a different outlook.
This novel is over 350 pages but I was quickly flipping pages to find out what was going to happen next on their journey. After several thrillers, this was such a warm-hearted story, filled with two characters that I learned from. Hyde easily writes two completely different age groups perfectly.
I’m eager to see what she writes next. In the meantime, if you need a fast-paced story that will put a smile on your face, be sure to pick this one up.
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