3 I’m not sure what happened there stars!
This book started out so well.. then well nothing. I think I lost the plot somewhere, if there ever was one. It started with these really outlandish characters even though you are only basically following Ben through his truck route on 117 in the desert which everyone else refuses to drive. He delivers to all the locals the die hard people who live off of route 117. You get to learn all of these cool things he delivers and you get to meet all the characters fairly quick. However Ben as a character was hard to nail down he didn’t have staying power. He would be kind to one person and cruel to another for no reason.. it was really frustrating.
The one that Ben commonly goes back to is Walt and his diner. Walt is basically an ahole.. he’s so not friendly. Then you meet the brothers that live in box cars and the pastor that carries the cross every summer.
About the time the book got exciting with characters and such he meets a woman playing the cello. He basically tries to stalk her which is not cool, but I guess on this desert road anything goes. Everything was great up until the mystery tried to happen.. I think the story would’ve been fine without the mystery but I am also not an author 😉
I’m not sure I would highly recommend this book. People either seem to love it or hate it.. not really a lot in between.
The characters quirks and personalities were my favorite part, however towards the end they were all over the place. I’m just not sure on this book that’s why I rated it a 3 star.
Here’s a tidbit from the book, the writing style was cool I just couldn’t connect with it.
“Every woman I’ve ever had in my life has been out of my league one way or another. I’m assuming you mean a good woman?
“I don’t know. Maybe.”
“Then the truth is this: a good man can only aspire to beworthy of a good woman. She’ll always be out of his league in ways he’ll never understand. But he’ll appreciate what he doesn’t understand-if he’s smart. You got someone in mind?”
Thank you to Blogging for Books for my copy from the publisher for my honest review.
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