Take Me From the Darkside

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As I read her books I often find myself nodding along and agreeing with something a character is saying These characters got into my heart and I have no doubt this book will stay with me a very long time. I was moved to tears on a few occasions. The plot was fantastic as were the characters. I was gripped from the time I started until I finished the last page.

I think it would also make a great movie! I highly recommend this book! I am excited to continue reading more from Catherine Ryan Hyde. Jul 25, Susan rated it it was amazing. Catherine Ryan Hyde's books are readily addictive if you want to read about people and their lives, their relationships and their stories, and care about what happens to all of them.

I started reading her books and soon became obsessed with reading everything she had written. Many of her books make me think that her original idea comes from a small 2" blurb from Page 4 of the local paper and that she then tells the story behind the blurb. Whether it is the story of Grace alittle girl, whose moth Catherine Ryan Hyde's books are readily addictive if you want to read about people and their lives, their relationships and their stories, and care about what happens to all of them.

Whether it is the story of Grace alittle girl, whose mother is too befuddled by drugs to care for her. Don't let me go She makes a community of her building by befriending the agoraphobic former Broadway dancer who hasnt left his home in a decade. Or When I Found You, about Nathan, the middle aged childless man who finds a new born in the woods while he is duck hunting.

She generally features children in her stories, children who are in large measure raising themselves, but are not pathetic. They are resourceful and have been lucky enough to encounter adults who are willing to step in to their lives to help them grow to productive adults. The children have the resourcefulness and resiliance we wish that all kids in those circumstances and the adults most often grow into the people that the children need.

Take Me With You is that kind of a book. Their father is not a horrible person, just a flawed one, who really wants to do right by his kids but alcohol gets in the way. August too is flawed and damaged Almost against his will, he finds himself with a second chance to make a difference in a child's life.

Ms Hyde's books are not maudlin or sappy but instead are filled with believable characters that make us want to root for their success. I look forward to each new release to help to shape me into a person who will reach out my hand when someone needs it. These books will enhance your life and your reading. I have read almost all of Ms Hyde's books and highly recommend all of them. I think I only finished this book because it was the only book I had with me several times.

I have never read anything by this author but many of her works have crossed my path. People seem to like her. After finishing it, my thought are "ugh".

I can't even give it an exclamatory "Ugh! Almost nothing happens at all. A man takes a couple of kids on a road trip to see many of America's national parks. The children are Oh man. The children are WAY too well behaved. The man is WAY too patient and reasonable. A huge chunk of the book consists of well mannered, thoughtful and very insightful conversation between the man and the older boy.

There was not one single "poopy" and absolutely zero nose-picking humor. The man may as well have been traveling with other adults and not 7 and 12 year old boys. Well, they do fill a bunch of the drone with discussion of how to define an alcoholic. It also felt sort of forced. Like, the author had her own idea on this and just wanted a platform with which to share it with the world. Much of this reading occurred while I was sipping my wine. I can't figure why so many people gave this book 5 shining stars. It was long and preachy.

It felt pathetically and screamingly unrealistic. View all 9 comments. Sep 01, Dawn rated it it was ok. I was engaged and interested in the beginning of "Take Me With You. But then I began to lose interest and the story lost a lot of its magic. I liked Seth, the year-old, but once August begins his summer excursion with him and his little brother, Henry, Seth's conversation sometimes becomes unnatural it didn't sound like a year-old speaking and repetiti I was engaged and interested in the beginning of "Take Me With You.

I liked Seth, the year-old, but once August begins his summer excursion with him and his little brother, Henry, Seth's conversation sometimes becomes unnatural it didn't sound like a year-old speaking and repetitive. When Seth kept saying certain emotional things over and over again the words lost their meaning and Seth didn't come across as genuine.

It seemed like the words' only purpose was to evoke pity or sympathy - they didn't add anything to the story nor move the plot forward. The children and their situation naturally demand readers' concern and sympathy - I can't comprehend how anyone with a heart wouldn't feel deeply for these children and August , so the repetition only succeeded in distracting and distancing me from the story. Is there truly no other way to describe a character's reaction to a frustrating or difficult situation?

Despite being annoyed, I did stick with this book and read all of it. I admit to being a fan of Henry, the younger brother, who at 7 would go long periods of time without speaking at all. It was very satisfying when he takes a stand and speaks up for himself. I also understood the value of several other issues how do you know when you're an alcoholic?

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I particularly liked what was said in one of the AA meetings, about if one goes around with a pillow trying to break others' falls, it might not be the great thing one thinks it is. Issues are handled with compassion and a strong dose of reality: It was nice to see how someone might deal with a problem that persists.

Overall, there was some good stuff here, but sigh , I struggled to get through it. View all 6 comments. Mar 29, Judy Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for introducing me to such a talented author, and providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Take Me With You was totally Amazing!! This is one of those rare books you will want to Pre-Order or purchase the day it is released. From the first page, this heartwarming story, grabs you and pulls you in, with a strong hold until the ending, and thereafter in your thoughts.

My only issue was having to stop and finish work — and this is A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for introducing me to such a talented author, and providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My only issue was having to stop and finish work — and this is the type of book, you want to savor every word, as it will transform your life, as you cry and laugh with characters you learn to love and care for.

This engaging story begins with a guy named August a former alcoholic divorced, school teacher, still grieving his teenage son Philip who died in a car accident. However, fate steps in when he has problems with his RV and calls a towing company man named Wes, also an alcoholic raising two small boys. Little does August know, while he is awaiting the repair of his RV, in order to get back on the road, this connection with this man and these two small boys, will change the course of his life forever, as well as the lives and destiny of these two small boys Seth and Henry. This poignant novel reaches to the heart and soul with love, redemption, trust, transformation, and rediscovery, as the impact of this profound relationship will forever bond and shape the lives of two boys and a man, which nothing can break.


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There are so many takeaways from this book, as would be ideal for book clubs or discussions. If you are a hiker, camper, or a nature lover you can appreciate this well researched book.

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If you are an alcoholic, a friend, parent, or family member involved, this book will give you much insight into the importance of support and mentors. Wow, this made the book even more special, as her passion for nature is reflective throughout the book.

As an avid hiker and cycler, I have traveled most of the places in the book and can definitely appreciate the beauty of mountain areas and waterfalls even though I have never taken up rock climbing. I have even stayed at a few of the campground cabins along a bike trail, which is quite relaxing—ah, this book was so for me. I wanted to adopt these boys and take a road trip. I highly recommend Take Me With You, as an inspiring, compelling, and heartfelt story which will change your life. Catherine Ryan Hyde has been added to my favorite author list, and looking forward to reading more of her work!

View all 8 comments. Sep 03, Karen rated it it was ok Shelves: I can't for the life of me remember why this was something I wanted to read and now that I've read it, I still can't figure it out. It started out okay - a teacher who hates teaching heads out on a national parks summer vacation in his RV.

When the RV breaks down a jail bound mechanic offers to fix it for free if August - the teacher - will take his two boys with him for the summer while he does his stint in jail for yet another DUI. A bit unlikely, but okay. August is divorced following a tragi I can't for the life of me remember why this was something I wanted to read and now that I've read it, I still can't figure it out.

August is divorced following a tragic accident in which his teenage son, his only child, was killed while riding in the car with his buzzed mother.


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  • August never took another drink and started attending AA. From this point, the book degenerates into just too much self-pitying melodrama. The book is surprisingly emotionless considering how emotional everyone is. It had a very brittle feel. Everyone was always on edge, too much conflict, and no one ever seemed to grow or flourish.

    Even the ending - which, I believe, was meant to offer a glimmer or two of hope only depressed me. Maybe it was just too real for me. This was a nice story even though a little far fetched. Two boys spend a summer with an elderly gentleman teacher who had tragically lost his son fairly recently.

    They travel in a motorhome through well known campgrounds exploring and learning about life, love and forgiveness. It is a coming of age story that touches on alcoholism and how each individual deals with it. By the end of the summer they had formed a lifelong friendship. The characters were well developed and the landscape description This was a nice story even though a little far fetched. The characters were well developed and the landscape descriptions were accurate. Jul 27, Holly Weiss rated it it was amazing Shelves: She writes flawed characters who seek better relationships and try to do the right thing.

    Many of her books revolve around family and inter-generational relationships. She uses words sparsely and concisely. The premises of her books are wholesome. I will be reading more! A burned out science teacher develops an usual bond with two boys he meets while on summer vacation. He travels in an RV and takes us on an informative tour of many national parks in the southwest. She has just re-issued Pay It Forward in an edition appropriate for middle school children. I borrowed this book from the Kindle Lending Library. Take me with you is a coming of age story, a healing story, and very rich is it's characters!

    The story follows August as he takes on 2 boys The scenery is so vivid, as is the awe and amazement of seeing America through children's eyes. For me the book lacked a fast moving, wow type of plot - it was more of a slower journey!! A good 3 stars, not gonna brag about it.

    View all 3 comments. Once in a blue moon one encounters a book that just demands to be read and for me this was such a book. The storyline involves Alcoholism, coming of age, grieving the death of a child, and camping in an RV. The description of scenes from Joshua Tree, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands brought back memories and the other parks a desire to see new lands. Kudos to Goodreads for directing me to this book.

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    May 31, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: Another one I came into blind. I read the synopsis when I originally put it on my To Read list, but had completely forgotten by the time I read it. August is a grieving high school teacher using his summer off to take a road trip from San Diego to Yellowstone, just him and his Jack Russell Terrier, Woody. His plan starts to go off course when vehicle trouble puts a wrench in his time line and in his travel budget.

    He reluctantly gets some new traveling companions and his pilgrimage is adjusted. This was a beautifully written road trip book. The growth of the characters through their relationships with one another was credible and heartwarming. I noticed afterward that this author also wrote Pay it Forward, which my 6th grader read and enjoyed this year.

    Sep 09, Karen rated it liked it. The first half of this book was amazing and I enjoyed every word of it. I was completely absorbed in the story and the characters, feeling such a sweetness coming from Seth especially. And the visits to the AA meetings were fascinating to me, especially seeing how Seth was trying to come to terms with his dad's alcoholism.

    When August returns the boys to their father at the end of the summer, I wondered what would happen in the rest of the book, since it felt like the story was over and there wa The first half of this book was amazing and I enjoyed every word of it. When August returns the boys to their father at the end of the summer, I wondered what would happen in the rest of the book, since it felt like the story was over and there was still half to go. This is why I give it 3 stars. The last half felt contrived and false, like two stories stuck together just to get the word count in to make what would have made a fabulous novella into a novel.

    In fact, the last half just kind of ruined the magic of the first half for me. I don't know if it's fair to review a book before finishing but I can't take one more page of this drivel.

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    It reads like a Highlights magazine story for grade school children. The premise is unrealistic, which most times I can overlook, but the author seems to be banging you over the head with her "lessons" about alcoholism, abandonment and letting go. This would be fine if she was reading to small children in a library, not enjoyable if you're over age Captivating I did not know what I was getting into but I couldn't put it down. It is such a simple story but the author does a splendid job keeping you on your toes.

    She manages to write about all these emotions without ever sounding overbearing or non believable. Just a great book. Apr 05, Tracy Fenton rated it really liked it. Take Me With You was certainly that book! August Schroeder is a grieving father on his way to Yellowstone Park in his motorhome with his son's ashes when he breaks down in the middle of nowhere and Wes the mechanic tows him to his garage. Finding himself agreeing to look after the mechanic's 2 young boys for the summer the trio set off on an adventure of a lifetime.

    Seth is the most adorable 12 year old, eager to please, polite, thoughtful and so observant and little 7 year old Henry who has chosen to not speak to anyone due to his childhood trauma's broke my heart in two. This is a wonderfully descriptive and emotional novel which proves that even wrong turns can change your life for the better. This is a real story of love, friendship, forgiveness and understanding. I also shed a couple of tears during this beautiful journey too. Jun 13, Laurie Carlson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another "knocked-it-out-of-the-ballpark" novel again!

    You probably know her best from her book and movie , "Pay It Forward", a household phrase for doing good for others! That, she has done again! She truly understands and knows the true spirit of humanity! She nails it every time in the countless novels she has written. There is no romance in this book, so if you're looking My Take: There is no romance in this book, so if you're looking for that you'll have to find another book, but if you are looking for love, you've hit the nail on the head in this one.

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    In this story, we have a truly burned-out teacher, August, who is out of school from teaching, for the summer. Maybe a better way to describe August would be to say in addition to being burned-out as a teacher, perhaps he is also 'still grieving' for his own young son who was killed in an automobile accident several years ago, and for his wife who suddenly left him. In tragedies such as these, it is often hard on a couple, and sometimes they split like these two did. When it rains, it pours, and this poor man has had a downpour. Now, this summer his one single goal is to go to Yosemite Park in his RV, he often refers to it as his rig and his dog, Woody, to release some of his son's ashes there in the park in certain areas as he had promised his son they would be going there together that summer.

    Unfortunately, that summer never came for that family, but now August was on his way with the ashes at least, to spread them out in several places in Yosemite. Easier said than done because now his 'rig', as he refers to it, breaks down along the way. He has no choice but to stop and get it fixed, so he does. While his rig is being fixed, he the mechanic befriends August, he seems to be getting friendly towards him. Once he is ready to hit the road again, the mechanic, Wes, asks August a question. He has to do jail time for three months, over the summer.

    Would August mind taking his two sons with him while he serves his time? You can imagine how August feels. He is full of questions and is in disbelief that this mechanic, a stranger really, is asking him to take his two children on his vacation with him while he serves time in jail? This guy hardly knows him! August questions Wes some more. It's up to August to decide whether or not to do this. Now August has two young boys to care for. Henry, 7, and Seth, Off they go heading towards Yosemite. August is going to make this the best summer vacation for these boys possible, however, it takes a while for the boys to warm up to him, and Henry won't even talk to anyone.

    He only communicates with his brother, but that's all. Somehow something comes up when Seth says something about his Dad having to be in jail for six months, not just three.

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    August is going out of his mind imagining. They have the phone number to the jail, they call Wes, but August can't ever get a clear answer out of him. August feels the need to go to a meeting one night. The boys don't understand. Is this a work meeting, and how would his work know where he was? They had a ton of questions for him. Finally August fesses up to the boys that he goes to AA meetings. No, not AAA, that's auto insurance. August goes to AA meetings - Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

    So starts August's story. August figures out Wes is an alcoholic and now Seth wants to go to meetings with August, Open meetings because he realizes just how much of an alcoholic his father really is, that is until he can get to Alanon meetings.

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    Would Wes let him go? One things leads to another, but the one constant thing is August falls in love with these boys, or is it the other way around? Do the boys fall in love with August? It doesn't matter who it is who falls in love with who, it just happens. Years later, the boys, now ages 15 and 20, come to take August out on a trip in the same RV, without their father's Wes' knowledge, and it turns out to be quite a trip!

    Augusts' health has taken a turn for the worse, but the boys don't care, they help August, and he was in heaven that the boys did this for him in reciprocation! Daring Greatly Brene Brown. The Little Book of Mindfulness Dr. Gifts Of Imperfection, The: Reinventing Your Life Janet S. Cordially Invited Zoe Sugg. Feeling Good David D. The Four Agreements Illustrated Edition: The 4 Pillar Plan Dr. A New Earth Eckhart Tolle.

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