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August Shroeder a burned out teacher has been sober since his 19 year old son died Every year he's spent the summer on the road but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything The plan had been to travel there with his son but now August is making the trip with Philip's ashes instead An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey two half orphans with nowhere else to goWhat none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip and the bonds that develop between them would prove driving each to create a new destiny together


10 thoughts on “Take Me with You

  1. says:

    Okay so when I first stumbled across this as a deal on and read the blurb I was inclined to pass it by than to pick it up  I honestly did not think I was ready to deal with a burned out teacher and recovering alcoholic who is still dealing with the tragic loss of his son  This did not exactly sound like uplifting fare but after reading a couple of reviews on goodreads that raved about it I bit the bullet so to speak and grabbed it  Thank you GoodreadsThis story is so fantastic and while yes it does feature a burnt out school teacher who is a recovering alcoholic dealing with the loss of his son it is so not about that while still being about just that  Confused?  What I am trying to say is that while the book does not focus on these elements over the course of the story amidst the trips to the national parks culminating in Yellowstone other life events are reflected back to the reader through the eyes of the man who is all of these things  August Schroeder spends his summers on the road in America visiting the various national parks and outdoor nature reserves of this great land  This year he plans to go to Yellowstone a place that both he and his late son Phillip wanted to visit  On the way with his feisty little dog Woody as co pilot  the RV breaks down and August fears that the cost of the repair will prohibit him from reaching Yellowstone this year   Little does he know that the mechanic who is making  the repairs has problems of his own problems that involve the care of his two sons Seth and Henry  A deal is soon struck between the two men and August with his trusty dog Woody together with Seth and Henry head out on the road to visit Yellowstone with other stops planned enroute And it is on this trip that the story soars  Seth is a very serious lad who takes his own responsibility for the things that happen around him way too seriously for his age  He is so cautious and concerned about how his own behaviour is affecting August he can scarce relax and enjoy the bounties of the trip  Henry is another responsibility that Seth takes upon himself  Henry is uiet and shy  making himself as small as humanly possible while still actually being with them  Point of fact is Henry does not speak at all except perhaps maybe just to Seth but August has not seen any sign of that either  In an effort to get these boys to relax and enjoy nature’s awesome bounty without coming across as preachy or overbearing August adapts a gentle friendly non confrontational approach that is ever mindful of the responsibility he has accepted   As Seth and Henry begin to unwind and become comfortable with him and begin to actively participate in the adventure the tables slowly turn and August finds himself gaining as much sound practical advice as he is giving  He also learns a great deal about their home lives and how it was that their father was prepared to make the unheard of deal with August that he has  Never preachy or maudlin and without even a hint of saccharine this camping trip builds a foundation on which the boys will build the rest of their lives while providing August with enough emotional sustenance to see him safely to shore  An incredibly heart warming camping trip through America’s stunning parklands and outdoor reserves  An absolute must read  5 fan freakin tastic stars


  2. says:

    Got caught in my throat than once in this story Thank you for making me feel human If you have another that touches me like this did I'll be reading it soon Hopefully many Like August I want to savor every minute of this journey you've put together It's even impressive that you make August and the boys real feeling beings and not standardized males


  3. says:

    Four and a half starsI fell in love in this book Not just with Seth and younger brother Henry but with August and felt for him in his grief at the death of his son Woody August’s little Jack Russell won his way into my heart too From the first page I knew this book would hook me right in It is simply but powerfully written and shows clearly that it is often the family that suffers along with the alcoholic This is perhaps not a book where the reader will be wowed by the beautiful prose It is the characters that make this story so memorable The story is told simply and honestly There were some passages filled with wisdom like this from a relatively minor character Emory ‘I’ve see a lot of people walk a lot of roads Some not so happy And it makes them what they are So if you run around putting a pillow under people to cushion their fall well I’m just not sure it’s uite the favor we think it is’ And this from August the recovering alcoholic ‘I drove when I’d been drinking too But I never got into an accident And now who the hell am I to act like I’m better than her his ex wife because she was sitting at a red light when someone ran it? And I wasn’t? That’s luck That’s not to my credit We’re responsible for everything Everything we do Not just when it backfires on us’ I could have uoted plenty of othersThis book relies on involving the emotions and it sure did with me I laughed I was teary at times and at other times downright angry To begin with I struggled to believe a man would hand his children over so readily to someone they had just met and expect him to care for them during the summer But then I have never been as desperate as Wes Once you accept this fact on which the plot hinges the rest falls into place For me the only part where I lost concentration a little was later in the book with the emphasis on climbing and just a couple of things I thought could have been resolved a little better at the end Still well worth reading if you like a book that tugs at the emotions makes you think and has well drawn characters that you will care about I will definitely be seeking out books by this author


  4. says:

    I've had this on my bookshelf for so long and have finally had the chance to read it With the hustle and bustle out of our daily life I have come terms that some of my books must go It's like the guest that has overstayed their welcome you don't have to go home but you can't stay hereAnd so I am so happy I have read this and it turns out it is a keeper This is my second Hyde book and man can she write She takes these ideas of imperfect people and writes these beautiful stories on something that is inexplicable Humanity August Schroeder a high school Science teacher lives life robotically after his 19 year old son dies in a car accident While his motor home breaks down towards his journey the mechanic a total stranger asks for a life changing favor Can August take his boys for the summer while he completes his prison sentence? The journey changes everyone involved inside and out It gave me all the feels happiness sadness goosebumps annoyance anger and most times pondering what I would do in such a situation as August's 2 thumbs and toes up D


  5. says:

    The way you feel is the way you feel and no matter how much you think you should feel some other way you can't change that There's some things in this life you can change and some you can't Maybe it's because it's Christmas but I feel the need to have my heartstrings pulled on a little bit Ever since I read an ARC of Have You Seen Luis Velez? earlier this year I have wanted to experience of Catherine Ryan Hyde's writing A Goodreads pal recommended that her 2014 novel Take Me With You was a fine place to continue my reading journeyAugust is on his way to Yellowstone to go camping when his RV breaks down and needs repairs Nothing can prepare him for the favour that Wes his mechanic asks of him for August to take his sons Seth and Henry for the summer It's a journey of forgiveness and the bond between fathers and sons that will span long beyond that incredible summer adventure I have spent most of my life reading fiction and nonfiction from the perspective of women and so it was a refreshing change of pace to have a story told mainly from the male perspective and focusing on the fatherson relationship through male characters August faces many struggles including loss of a child alcoholism and dealing with illness but how he handles it serves as a model for Seth and Henry A great family drama linked with coming of age and adventure threads that did have me wanting to cry at the end Goodreads review published 241219


  6. says:

    The main character of this book is August a man of a certain age a science teacher who is taking an RV trip Just those two facts – the science and the RV meant that throughout this read I had Walter White in my head and read all of August’s dialogue in Walter’s voiceBut to be serious this is the second book that I have read by the author lately and like Where We Belong the main theme of this book is a friendship between the generations Similarly we have a man who is intrinsically good doing the right thing for other people even though he may have serious doubts about the wisdom of what he is doingOh and there is also another cute dog – this time a Jack Russell called WoodyAugust a recovering alcoholic is mourning the death of his son Phillip two years ago and as a memorial to him is taking an RV trip from California to Yellowstone Park What he hasn’t bargained for is being “coerced” into taking along two young children Seth and Henry He unwittingly becomes a role model for the boys and in turn we see him learning how to move forward in his mourning of his son I really enjoyed reading about their road trip the scenery and places they visited I really felt uite envious of everything they saw and experiencedThe book also studies “risk” It encourages you to live life to the full because you never know what is around the corner and if your passions run to activities that could be risky then to take calculated risks; enjoy the moment as safely as possible I have a fear of heights but I was still intrigued by the climbing section of the book I read some of it wincingIt is a very uplifting feel good read with nice characters that you cannot help liking A couple of times I did think the book was about to stray into “twee territory” but the author managed to turn it round so it didn’t get sickly sweet just a darn good readThanks to the publishers for the copy in return for an honest review


  7. says:

    If you're the type that enjoys character rich stories and you haven't read a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde then I suggest you start right here I have never been disappointed in her workThis is the story of a teacher named August who travels each summer in his RV He meets up with 2 young boys Seth and Henry who end up traveling with him The 3 of them share a summer of camping and learn uite a lot from each otherIt is a heartwarming story that had me choked up a few times I always feel so attached to her characters Nothing overly dramatic happens in this book but it doesn't need to The characters alone create a book to love


  8. says:

    This book was a little confusing and hard to rate for me I'm a little suspicious of authors who release 3 or 4 books a year thinking that surely they write to a formula The first two thirds of the book seemed to prove me wrong as it was a captivating story of a man who had lost his 19 year old son in an accident and got stuck with taking a stranger's two sons on a summer long trip to several national parks Not a romance as there were not even any female characters in the novel not an abuse story but a discovery by the boys and the man of things they had not known before and a relationship that became important to them all I was pleasantly surprised and vowed to stop pre judging authors before giving them a chanceThen I got to Part Three and it completely fell apart for me It was set eight years after the first events the characters were different people literally roles were reversed the action seemed rushed and glossed over and melodrama and improbability ruled the day I was really disappointed because up to that point it had been so good I'm going with three stars because the majority of the book was an enjoyable read and I'm deducting a star for the last section


  9. says:

    Fantastic Book Another great book by Catherine Ryan Hyde I am very surprised that I didn't find this author long ago I did see the movie Pay it Forward based on her book by the same name many years ago and loved it When I came across this book and read the description I thought it sounded pretty good However it than exceeded my expectations I devoured it and since then I've been a huge fan As I read her books I often find myself nodding along and agreeing with something a character is sayingabout love or life or many other things 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 bookI am excited to continue reading from Catherine Ryan Hyde


  10. says:

    Oh man 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 herAfter finishing it my thought are ugh Lowercase I can't even give it an exclamatory Ugh because the stupid book elicited almost zero feelings from meAlmost 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 WAY too well behaved The man is WAY too patient and reasonableA huge chunk of the book consists of well mannered thoughtful and very insightful conversation between the man and the older boy About mostly nothing 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 This was boring 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 wineI can't figure why so many people gave this book 5 shining stars Almost nothing happened It was long and preachy It felt pathetically and screamingly unrealistic It was boring BORING