- Reading level: Ages 12 and up
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (February 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805093559
- ISBN-13: 978-0805093551
Zach is riding the Greyhound bus through a snowstorm to visit his older brother Derek, whom he hasn’t seen in seven months. That’s when their parents finally went broke paying Derek’s doctor’s bills and had to give him up as a ward of the state. Nothing—not drawing in his sketchbook, not basketball—lets Zach forget that his brother is living in a mental institution five states away. But surprisingly, sitting next to a talkative teenage girl he nicknames Purplehead starts to take the edge off Zach’s pain.
Prompted by a chain of unpredictable events and by the people he meets along the way, Zach’s cynical humor gives us a poignant look at medical insurance and health care systems for the mentally ill, and at the everyday fears, joys, and revelations of adolescence.
Riding Out The Storm is the first ALA book I decided to read.
And to be honest, I was a little disappointed.
I wasn't crazy about the style of writing.
I actually caught myself skipping around the pages a little because the writing was well.... Kind of dull.
I felt like the writing made the characters seem a lot younger then they really are.
I seriously thought they were all 9 years old until it mentioned their ages half way through the book.
Other than not being a fan of the writing, it had a pretty good story line.
I just wish it had some quality writing to go along with it!
Anyway, I'm not saying this book was awful.
It was a good, quick read!
It literally was 117 pages long.
So that's why I don't have a billion things to say about it.
If you end up reading Riding Out The Storm, and loved it, comment and tell me what you liked about it! I'm always curious to know what peoples opinions on things are.