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Review by Suze
Bea's husband hasn't left her much money and the Social Security check she receives every month isn't enough to cover her costs. She's almost run out of money and loses everything she has left to pay her bills with because of a telephone scam. Bea now only has her van and as she can't pay the rent of her trailer anymore she's homeless. She takes her cat and decides to make the most of her days by driving along the Pacific Coast. The only problem is that she doesn't have money for food or gas, so she has to be creative to make others pay for even her most basic needs.
Allie's parents have been arrested for tax fraud. Allie doesn't have any family she can stay with and her parents don't have close friends who can take her in either. This means Allie is being sent to a group home. Allie is afraid, because her roommate is a dangerous girl who's threatened to harm her. She tries to escape, but once she's on the streets more danger awaits her. Allie doesn't have anyone left and nowhere to go, until she meets Bea. Bea reluctantly agrees to take Allie with her, but traveling with a fifteen-year-old is the last thing she thinks she wants. However, when the days go by Bea and Allie are actually starting to enjoy themselves. Will they be okay in each other's company?
Allie and Bea is a fantastic story about the incredibly journey of an old lady and a young girl. Allie and Bea meet by chance and find out they are both struggling with the same issue, they don't have a place to stay and they don't have any money. Allie is quite naïve and Bea hasn't seen much of the world. They learn from each other and become equals, which is something I loved about their story. Allie has to grow up quickly and she's surprisingly wise for a girl her age. Bea is a clever lady and together they manage to eat and find places to stay. Their journey is unusual and while seeing the beautiful Pacific Coast they're forming a terrific interesting connection.
Catherine Ryan Hyde writes about a unique bond between two people who couldn't be more different from each other. Allie is young and grew up in a wealthy environment and Bea is old and has been poor her entire life, but they do find things they have in common, which is something I really enjoyed about their story. I love the way Catherine Ryan Hyde describes what they're going through, she does this with warmth, empathy and honesty. It was easy to connect with the main characters and their adventures sometimes brought tears to my eyes, but they also made me smile on a regular basis. I loved this story from beginning to end and highly recommend it. Allie and Bea are very special main characters and their story is absolutely brilliant.
If you love beautiful stories about a surprisingly amazing connection between two very different people you should definitely read Allie and Bea.