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Leaving Blythe River: A Novel by [Hyde, Catherine Ryan]
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New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it’s up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he’s his father’s only hope.

With the help of three locals—a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills—he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan’s world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he’s been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature—the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father—if he finds him alive.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2543 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (24 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016PX6EZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I've never been disappointed with this author. I've had only about 3 hours sleep because I didn't want to do reading this book. I highly recommend this book and this author. I look forward to reading more books from her.
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An exciting story based on a teenagers lack of worth and insecurities which he overcame in the most challenging way. Great friendships made and eye opening stuff. S very good read.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I devoured the adventure, Leaving Blythe River, by Catherine Ryan Hyde! 24 May 2016
By Jan Crossen - Published on Amazon.com
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I devoured, Leaving Blythe River, by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I just couldn’t put it down! The main character, Ethan, is a good guy. It was fun to root for him, as he's the underdog. It was great watching him grow and develop. If you have ever felt insecure, put down, inadequate, and less than OK, then you will find something special in this adventurous coming of age story.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is one of my favorite authors and I think that this is her best work yet! She has such a gift and is so very talented. She transported me right into the scenes. When Ethan ate a breakfast burrito, I could almost taste it and wanted one too! I felt Ethan’s exhaustion and physical pain.

I experienced deep emotions…elation…and tears. Catherine always imparts wisdom and life philosophies in her work. And this book does not disappoint. I loved this book! If you aren’t familiar with Catherine Ryan Hyde, this is a wonderful introduction. I highly recommend Leaving Blythe River. You’ll be glad you had this adventure and know this Best Selling, Award Winning author!
76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Catherine Ryan Hyde's VERY BEST! 28 May 2016
By ROCC0 - Published on Amazon.com
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Ethan is 17, but barely looks 15! His mom is barely 5 feet tall & Ethan is barely 5'2". His dad is well over 6'2", a very successful business man and addicted to extreme athletics and young girls half his age. He and Ethan are polar opposites.
Ethan and his mom are set to fly to Peru but a ticket mix-up (thanks to his dad's error) results in their returning to their NYC apartment, where his dad had chosen to remain. They let themselves in and find dad and his 24 year old "assistant" nearly naked on the living room sofa! This results in mom leaving to be with her dying mother and Ethan being sent off to Blythe River, where he will have to spend the summer in a tiny A-frame rental house with his father, who runs 20 miles a day up the hiking trails. When after only a few uncomfortable days his dad does not return from his daily run Ethan is left alone with his dog, Rufus, and no idea where his dad is. You will fall in love with Jone and Sam, his only relatively close neighbors in the remote area, who set out with Ethan and Rufus to search the rugged, dangerous trails for his dad. This is a saga that includes facing a Grizzly bear and life-threatening storms as this boy and his newly found elderly neighbors take on the search after the county search team gives up! This small, frail boy with basically no self confidence, must grow into manhood.
Another Hyde book you simply can not put down, filled with characters you will never forget!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Read This Year 21 August 2016
By D and S - Published on Amazon.com
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Catherine Ryan Hyde writes a beautifully-developed story about self-acceptance, overcoming personal fears and learning just how far we are really able to stretch beyond our emotional boundaries. The last thing small, slight, self-conscious 17-year-old Ethan wants to do is spend time in the mountainous wilderness with his narcissistic, extreme athlete father, Noah, whom Ethan despises for various reasons. For father and son, they are polar opposites. Noah runs ~20 miles per day, so it's no surprise to Ethan when he awakens one day to see his father has left their cabin. Ethan presumes he's out running, but when Noah fails to return, Ethan becomes worried.

The next morning, still no sign of Noah. Ethan walks to his nearest neighbor's house...Sam. Ethan's not sure what to do. A professional search is launched but is abandoned after two days because the park ranger finds evidence that Noah might have just abandoned his son. Ethan isn't surprised at this revelation but feels in his gut that his father is still in the wilderness.

Sam, neighbor Jone (the 70-year-old widow Sam has a crush on) and artist-surfer Marcus join Ethan in forming another search party. Weather conditions become poor, the group's will and physical and emotional endurance is tested quite a bit, and eventually one member of the search party abandons the search.

I'll stop here to save the best part of the book for you to discover for yourself. I'll just say that so many emotions coursed through my body...from sadness to happiness to fear to anger to relief to disbelief to sheer joy! This is one of those rare stories I know I'll read again. Don't let this treasure go undiscovered.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Superlatives 1 June 2016
By GTeller - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't have enough superlatives to keep describing Hyde's books! I devour them and have read two of them in the last two days, this one I just finished in the past hour. Each of her books contains at least one lesson about dealing with either animals or people, or most often, both.

Relationships are very important to this author, this is clear. Ethan's relationship with his father Noah is difficult, at best, and nearly non-existent at worst. Noah is never really likeable throughout the book and the reason he is the way he is isn't explored thoroughly until the end of the book. The reasons aren't what's important, though. What is important is that Ethan grows in this book, into a person no one, including Ethan, ever imagined he'd become. Through growing belief in himself and understanding the flaws of others, he becomes a complete person and a peace-maker, his ultimate purpose discovered.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story from an A-list author but lacked verve 21 June 2016
By Neil Bettles - Published on Amazon.com
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I was really looking forward to reading Catherine Ryan Hydes new book. I am a great fan of her books and sensitive writing predominantly around vulnerable young people who manage to thrive against adversity. I am very sorry to have to award only 2 stars to this 5 start author as I thought the book lacked momentum and rather than a page turner as with all her other novels I found this one rather laborious.