Written by Catherine Ryan Hyde Published Year 2006
Meet Jordy. He's on his own in New York City. Nobody to depend on; nobody depending on him. And it's been working fine.
Until this girl comes along. She's 18 and blond and pretty - her world should be perfect. But she's seen things no one should ever see in their whole life - the kind of things that break a person. She doesn't seem broken, though. She seems . . . innocent. Like she doesn't know a whole lot. Only sometimes she does.
The one thing she knows for sure is that the world is an ugly place. Now her life may depend on Jordy proving her wrong. So they hit the road to discover the truth - and there's no going back from what they find out.
My conclusion is this: It's a beautiful world, but also a scary one. I used to think something couldn't be both. But then I remembered the point of no return on the Niagara River, and how much it fascinated me as a kid. Because it was just that: beautiful and scary. It's like once you get that sense that there's no real security, that anything at all can happen to you, then every minute you're okay is a joy. Part of the joy is feeling like you can make your way in a world that isn't always easy.I finally found a copy of the book, after a year of scurying for it, lol. I absolutely love this book, it's like taking a refresher course. I dont think I'm a cynic but I do believe that life is indeed unfair and sometimes shit just happens. But reading this book gives you a whole new perspective in life, you're rediscovering it together with Jordy and Chloe. It's impressive the way the book portrayed the simplicity of beauty with nature and with what is physical and the complexity of it through kindness of strangers, there was a part where Chloe asked Jordy if being happy is beautiful and yes it is. Life though is not all beauty there is it's tainted by cruelty and violence of some, but these makes you appreciate life even more as what Jordy had said. It's a very engrossing read, you'll be sucked in this beautiful and sometimes ghastly story of discovering life.