BOOK REVIEW: THE RHYTHM OF THE ROAD
Jo Pickering's life was quite different when compared to many other twelve year old girls her age. She spent most of her time on the road with her father, Bobby, who drove a truck through the United Kingdom. Bobby raised his daughter since her mother abandoned the family shortly after Jo was born.
One of the things Bobby liked to do during his trips was to pick up young women hitchhikers. Many times, he would spend the night with them while Jo had her own room in the motel.
One day, Bobby picked up a young hitchiker. Her name was Cosima. She was a country music singer. Jo became drawn to Cosima. She constantly asked Bobby to take her to Cosima's shows. As Bobby and Jo continued their travels, they really didn't expect to see Cosima anymore. However, one day Bobby and Jo wanted to see a movie. Jo could not get in because she was not old enough to see the movie. Bobby and Jo decided to do something else. As they were walking they heard music. Wouldn't you know it was Cosima and her band performing!
When Jo was sixteen, Bobby ended up with severe depression. This draws Jo even closer to Cosima and her band. She ends up following them to California where she is now on her own for the first time.
What happens to Jo as she starts to face her own problems in life? What happens to Bobby?
The author, Albyn Leah Hall, has written an engrossing novel. The reader will feel the pain that Jo is going through during her cry for help. This book includes an excellent cast of characters who come through as genuine. This book brings attention to the child who is abandoned by her mother and the rough times she goes through as she is growing up in the absence of one. Even though this novel is about a subject that is not a happy topic, it is an excellent book and is one that I highly recommend. Be sure to add it to your reading list.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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