Publisher: Black Swan
August is on his way to make that one summer camping trip he was supposed to make with his son. Phillip got killed in a car accident though and instead August makes it a memorial when his rig breaks.
The mechanic picking him up makes him a very weird offer. Taking his two kids, Seth and Henry, with him for summer and get the repair for free.
All three have their own demons to fight and during their road trip they manage to help one another.
There is a huge part of this book that is beautiful. Starting in the garage and soon set in an emotional turmoil with August on the one side and the boys on the other. The story of the boys and especially Seths behaviour and Augusts reactions on it are heart breaking. While I tried to tell someone about this book their reaction was like 'so they have become friends and live happily ever after'... as I was not at the end yet I could not answer this but the process of them getting used to one another steered clear from giving me that cliche feeling. I was just reading in that moment. In that experience. It was enough. No need to think 4 pages ahead and I loved it.
August is an easy to like character. Having his grumpy moments but being reasonable most of the time. He was on the verge of being a bit boring even.
Seth is a chatterer. It is clear he has to take care of his brother for a long time already and takes that responsibility very serious.
Though Henry is really quiet he does make an impact.
The story takes us on the road trip and looks how the situation is eight years later. Though the whole story is beautifully written I would not have minded if it stopped with the first part of the story.