Elle is a loner. She doesn't need people. Which is a good thing, because now she has to move out of her apartment so her mother's boyfriend won't have to deal with her.
Then she meets Frank, the guy who lives next door to her new place. Being with him is impossible: he's a grown-up and has a girlfriend. Still, Elle can't stop thinking about him. Frank isn't like anyone Elle has ever met. He listens to her. He's gentle. And Elle is falling for him, hard.
Then Elle discovers that Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he's transgender. Elle's head and her heart explode; her world is turned upside down. But when an accident nearly takes Frank's life, Elle must search inside herself to find not only the true meaning of friendship but her own role in jumpstarting the world.
Tender, honest, and compassionate, "Jumpstart the World" is a stunning story to make you laugh, cry, and honor the power of love.
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, a pastry chef, an auto mechanic, a dog trainer, and a tour guide. Hyde moved to a small town on California s Central Coast in the mid-1980 s. Realizing she needed to write, and after coming to terms with alcohol and drug addiction, she hunkered down. She s been clean and sober for over twenty-five years now, and is the author of twenty-three novels 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 twenty-three languages for distribution in over thirty countries. When not writing, Hyde hikes, kayaks, and visits national parks. The research for Take Me With You was all done from her own little twenty-two-foot motorhome.