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The death of Kyle Dearmond's estranged father sheds new light on the mother Kyle never knew. But the will his father left behind raises more questions than it answers and no one seems to know the whole story.

Abandoning the life of a college student to pursue new possibilities, Kyle hits the road in search of answers and to flee the guilt that follows him.

Interwoven between
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Paperback, 414 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Skinny Wizard Media (first published September 7th 2009)
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Reynolds9686
Feb 26, 2010 Reynolds9686 rated it it was ok
I was excited when I won a copy of this book in a recent giveaway. Unfortunately, the back cover tease was more interesting than what was between the covers. It's too bad because Canepa had a terrific original idea which was abandoned a quarter of the way into the book. The hero sets out on a quest to find out about his mother who he believed was dead after learning at the funeral of his estranged father that she was kidnapped when he was a small child. Sounds good right? Our hero leaves Dad's f ...more
Bethany Harvey
May 20, 2010 Bethany Harvey rated it really liked it
There's no getting around the fact that this is an educational novel, clearly intended to teach you about an issue. That said, Canepa avoids lecturing. The novel isn't About Homelessness; at its core, this is an adventure story, transplanted to the modern urban landscape of freeways and gas stations and abandoned buildings. In the process, it transforms this mundane setting into an unfamiliar and often menacing place. It's a very fast-reading novel. I picked it up intending to read the first few ...more
Ryan Mac
Feb 19, 2010 Ryan Mac rated it really liked it
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway recently. The story follows Kyle, a college student whose father passes away. When his father's will is read, many questions are raised and Kyle is determined to learn the answers. He decides to quit school and hit the road, trying to find...something.

After the reading of the will and the story told by the family friend, I can understand why Kyle wants to find some answers. I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning as Kyle's characte
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Sunny Shore
Feb 20, 2010 Sunny Shore rated it it was ok
This is a story of a college student on the road after his dad dies....he wants to find out what happened to his kidnapped mother many years before. We learn much about runaways, homelessness and life on the street. However, the writing was geared more to a young adult audience and I would definitely put it in my HS library. It is slow at times, but very poignant. There was a rigid feel to the writing that would suit a high interest/low reading level teen student. But at 435 pages, I know no stu ...more
Kimberly
Feb 12, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Really makes you think about homelessness. I can't really give away my first opinion about the book, because it would spoil the ending, but I think it was just wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly.
Also, seemed like waay too many nice people on the street. TV always makes it out to be a too tough and grimy place. Guess you never know until you've been there.
I love the writing style, and how the author described the settings. Enough to get a great idea, but not too much wh
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Millie
Feb 27, 2010 Millie rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the beginning was a little slow, but once I got through that, I found the book difficult to put down.

The author takes on his journey to find his mother. And through his travels he lives as a homeless man and shares many of his experiences. Some are enjoyable and some were very difficult to read about. I found the book to be an excellent read and would recommend it to anyone.
Jamie Gunter
Feb 12, 2010 Jamie Gunter rated it it was amazing
This was written by a friend of mine, and it was a great read. I was very impressed. I tell everyone, I keep using the word captivating for this one and it truly is. It gives an entire new perspective on the world of the homeless and voluntary hitch hikers and road travelers. This is definitely keeping a permanent residence in my personal library.
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A whole new Perspective 2 13 Feb 14, 2010 10:39AM  
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R. Canepa is a writer, musician, beginning composer, and general dabbler. Never content to stay in one place, whether physically or otherwise, he moved from California to Gainesville, FL and has been an English major, pre-medicine with emphasis on neurobiology, a middle school science teacher, and a programmer.

Once upon a time, he also wanted to be a comic book artist, a chef, a stuntman, a roboti
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“I had no money, no food, no prospects, no contacts. Eating was my first priority, and for that, one usually needs money, and so lo and behold I had a goal in sight. I collected cans and bottles, scrounged parking lots and sidewalks, my head held low and eyes intent on the ground instead of where I was going. Vending machines and pay phones sometimes gave up their treasures in the form of change people had forgotten to collect. They're not what I'd call jackpots, but finding a dollar here and a dollar there is a lot when you have nothing.” 1 likes
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