Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Gap Life

Gap Life Gap Life by John Coy
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Cray doesn't want to follow the path his father has chosen for him. Dad wants Cray to be a doctor, like him, and has all the pieces in place to make that happen. The announcement of a gap year, by Cray, does not go over well. Cray has even ignored a deadline to get into the college of his father's choice. So dad decides Cray must find a job, not an easy feat in early summer, pay rent at home, oh and...goodbye graduation car. He manages to get a job in a group home as a substitute overnight assistant. He comes to care for the people there, learning things about them and himself.

Cray has been coasting, doing everything that's expected of him, but in reality he has no plans for after high school graduation. He's adrift and if feels like he's rebelling against his dad, but has no real plan, and no intention of getting one. He hides from family, avoiding confrontation, by staying out all night, spending the nights at his friend's house before he gets the job. HIs job comes from a recommendation from Rayne, a girl he knew from school. He falls for Rayne, but she has a boyfriend and real plans of her own to travel in the fall. Cray attaches himself to her but still doesn't have any new ideas, he just modifies hers. So--all in all--Cray does grow, a tiny bit, thanks to his job, but he still has a long way to go. I guess that is real life, but I wanted more making this book just "meh" for me.

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