Sunday, 12 January 2014

Review: Looking for Redfeather by Linda Collison

Fifteen-year-old Ramie Redfeather leaves Cheyenne with music in his pocket and his thumb in the air. He's looking to find his father, a man he's never met. Ramie gets a ride with Chas Sweeney, a seventeen-year-old driving a "borrowed" Cadillac Eldorado with Maryland tags, who just happens to be passing through Cheyenne. Chas is running from the wreckage that is his world, sixteen hundred miles away.

In Denver Ramie and Chas meet Mae B. LaRoux, an enchanting young singer from Baton Rouge. LaRoux, who struggles with a learning disability, is on a mission to become a professional musician. The three runaways band together and set out on a fast-paced road trip to get to the Austin Music Festival, looking for Redfeather along the way.

They're on the road -- but it ain't Jack Kerouac's road trip!

Paperback, 218 pages
Published October 2013 by Fiction House, Ltd

Terri's Thoughts:

I received this novel as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I will be honest and say that had I have passed this book in the bookstore I would not have stopped to review it further.  In my opinion the cover is not very good and does not draw you in to want to find out more.  That being said it is the content that I am reviewing and not the cover.

This was a coming of age story about three different teens who were either running from or to something and learning some things about themselves along the way.  Ramie was on the search for his birth father, Chas was running away from the inevitability of his mothers fate and LaRoux was chasing her dream of the one true thing she was good at.

Through three unlikely friends the reader experiences the highs and lows of the roadtrip as each of the characters tries to deal with their emotional issues.  Strong friendships are developed and adventures occur along the way.  They must deal with disappointment and each other as they go.

At the end of the day the story is all about leaving so that they can return home and dealing with their personal issues.  An enjoyable and easy read.

About the Author

Linda Collison is the award-winning author of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction.

Her first novel, Star-Crossed, was chosen by the New York Public Library to be among the Books for the Teen Age -- 2007.

Linda has been a registered nurse, a professional skydiving instructor, and a volunteer firefighter. She studied history at Metropolitan State University. Together, with her husband Bob Russell, she has sailed thousands of miles aboard Topaz, their 36-foot sloop, whose home port is Hawaii. They also served three weeks as crew aboard Endeavour, a replica of Captain James Cook's 18th-century ship -- and it was during the crossing from Vancouver to Hawaii that the idea for Star-Crossed was born.

Linda loves to travel, by land or by sea. Fast cars and slow boats are her favorites.

Twitter:  lindacollison

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