Meet Jordy. He's on his own in New York City. Nobody to depend on; nobody depending on him. And it's been working fine.
Until this girl comes along. She's 18 and blond and pretty her world should be perfect. But she's seen things no one should ever see in their whole life the kind of things that break a person. She doesn t seem broken, though. She seems . . . innocent. Like she doesn t know a whole lot. Only sometimes she does.
The one thing she knows for sure is that the world is an ugly place. Now her life may depend on Jordy proving her wrong. So they hit the road to discover the truth and there's no going back from what they find out.
This deeply felt, redemptive novel reveals both the dark corners and hidden joys of life's journey and the remarkable resilience of the human soul.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Born in Buffalo, New York, Catherine Ryan Hyde moved to New York City shortly after graduating from high school. With a plan to do something other than writing something that might provide a steadier paycheck Hyde worked as a baker, pastry chef, auto mechanic, dog trainer, and tour guide. Hyde moved to a small town on California s Central Coast in the mid-1980s. After coming to terms with alcohol and drug addiction, she realized she needed to write and hunkered down. She s been clean and sober for over twenty-five years and is the author of thirty books and numerous short stories, which have won literary accolades throughout the world. Hyde s bestselling novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture and translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in over thirty countries.
“Tender, amazingly hopeful and only occasionally sentimental. . . .Vibrant and heartbreaking.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“The powerful questions about responsibility and forgiveness will affect readers, as will the characters who make their own family, and in doing so, find love, hope, and deep friendship.”—Booklist