Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea

Large Print - 2017
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Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank of gas in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat -- on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, ©2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781683245490
Characteristics: 478 pages ;,23 cm.


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Sep 29, 2019

I liked the idea of the book. I liked the journey these two go on, but that did not make enough for me to love this book. This is a book that needed the story line reworked. The beginning was too overworked. We have to understand how these two people got where they were but it was too depressing and too much. Once they were on the road I liked the story better although I quickly lost any fondness for the Bea character. Her actions and motivation did not make sense. At one point she seems witless at another point she is a thief and con artist and at another just a mean old woman that wants to be left alone. Once they finish their journey the book goes on for another section about Allie and that lost me. I didn't want to go through that story. Journey over, tie up loss ends, end novel. The final chapter did not make any logical sense and was completely unbelievable. It was like the author was under pressure to finish and just threw in an ending because she couldn't come up with anything else.

Apr 02, 2018

A delightful, satisfying read with some good lessons for both Allie, the teenager, and Bea, a senior who became her "grandmother." Well plotted and good character development. Unfortunately, the possibility of what happened to both Bea and Allie is only too likely. They both learn from their situation and learn trust with each other as well.

Jan 03, 2018

The author has penned quite a litany of titles. Allie and Bea comes across as being, from a creativity aspect, quite run-of-the-mill, almost formulaic. Rushed? Publisher pressure? Perhaps purposefully tailored for an immature readership. The book has the characteristics of a writers' workshop product. Sit at a desk, shift around the literary nuts and bolts arrayed before you; permute, combine, cobble it together. Occasionally a truism is put forward (p 204), referencing what is extant today. However, all in all, it's outweighed by the continual culinary harping of a cocooned, righteous 15-year-old vegan, self-deluded by the notion that being one will save her and the planet. Clueless and tiresome.

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