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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.

©2016 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Jan
  • 30-05-16

A Boy Becomes More Than His Parents Ever Will Be


Ryan Hyde- I don't know what to do with her. As an author, she walks the contemporary fiction tightrope and often falls into the Chic-Lit sea.Then, she delivers with novels like "Take Me With You" and now, "Leaving Blythe." She reminds me of Jodi Piccoult.. a great author when she doesn't let drama drive her writing.

This adventure is a coming of age story about a 17- year-old boy looks 12, and becomes a giant of a man.

Will Ropp does a fine job with narration.

Leaving Blythe is an easy read, but a great story, and well written. It has a young adult feel, but is well written and has depth. Hyde walks the tightrope and makes it across to the other side.

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  • Pam Gasdaska
  • 15-08-16

loved it !

Really great book. I was sad to get home every day because I just wanted to keep listening!

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  • janet glenn
  • 12-08-16

She did it again.

loved all the characters in this novel. The narrator had a lot to do with that i think. I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Thelma
  • 05-03-20

Ethan I'm rooting for you!!

A heartbreaking story of a teenage boy who was very alone, his father was always trying to be the best competing to be the winner in everything without even realizing that he was making his son feel terrible, alone and secluded. his mother didn't really understand what was going on in his mind and heart, she was immersed in her problems and feelings and really never saw what her own son was feeling and going through.. After an early arrival discovering his father's in a bad situation everything collapses for Ethan and the whole family. Life and circumstances change so drastically making Ethan feeling more at loss than ever. Embarking on a journey far away from home looking for the man who destroyed the whole family but still feeling hopeful that he is somewhere out there lost or maybe injured Ethan goes to look for his father, without even thinking that after this journey his life would never be the same. The narrations by Will Ropp were amazing, I don't recall if I ever hear his work before but it was great. I really enjoy how much he added to the story and the characters making the story even deeper and more enjoyable. One of the things that I really love about this story is how I didn't see so many things coming, I really didn't know what was going to happen next but it was always a surprise in a very good way. I wanted to Hugh Ethan he was so strong and after that crazy journey, he really evolved so much. his character was growing along with the story and in the end, it was amazing to see the transformation of Ethan. Catherine's book always surprised me and make me feel all the feels the characters are going thought that's one of the things that I love about her writing and this book was not the exception I felt everything and I also fell in love with the story..

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  • SAL
  • 28-07-16

Should have labeled a YA book

Or specifically 10-13 yo. This author has done this to me before :) that's on me I guess!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-16

Pretty good story and narration.

Good but the ending fell short for me. I liked the main character a lot.

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  • Jennifer
  • 31-05-16

Entertaining

A good story. Not great, but it kept moving and was entertaining. I liked the characters. This author's characters are always realistic, flawed people, which makes the story more believable.

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 18-07-20

Another good story from this author!

My 2nd book from her. I’m 59. I found it wonderful. But I’m sick to death with sexual abuse and sexual stories and murders etc books. I quit tv because of all that crap and turned to here and I don’t need junk books either. I like her books and other authors similar to her because it’s like real life stories without all the crap words and the bad temptations people fall into. Well some of us have come out of it and don’t need to read about it anymore. This was about growing up and speaking up for yourself and standing tall

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  • J. R.
  • 24-04-20

Great Story

Another great story by this author. It's about a young man who became a mature adult at 17 years old by saving his father. Great descriptions of wild life in the mountains.

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  • GrammaNancyG
  • 09-11-20

Not her best, but still great

Catherine Ryan Hyde has been one of my favorite authors for many years. Her stories always leave me feeling good because they focus on people overcoming odds and figuring out how to do life right. This book continues in that vein but the story was a little weaker and the characters a little less well-developed. At times it felt like she focused on the hardships a little too long without really growing their depth and the overcoming odds a little too predictably. However by the end I had become attached to Ethan, the main character, and his friends from Blythe River, Jone and Sam. For those who may just be starting to read her novels, I would recommend you start somewhere else first: particularly “Have You Seen Luis Velez” and “Take Me With You”.