Driftwood: A California Road Trip Novel by Elizabeth Dutton

How far would you go for your family? A smart and funny debut about road trips, music, love, and California for fans of The Perks of Being A WallflowerRun River and Killing Yourself to Live.

Los Angeles, California: Clem Jasper is a trust fund kid with a world famous rock musician for a father. When he dies suddenly (playing ping pong) she discovers he’s left her a strange legacy—a series of letters that take her on a mysterious road trip around California. Ignoring her aunt’s suggestion that she pitch the trip as a reality show, she embarks on her own—to discover just what it was that her father meant her to find. What secret could be so powerful that he had to die before telling her?

With a voice reminiscent of Rainbow Rowell, Dutton’s Driftwood is a surprising, poignant, and funny debut. Dutton perfectly captures the mythology of California with this bright and unusual take on the freedom of the open road, the power of music, and what it means, even in the midst of grief, to be a family. Fans of The Perks of Being A WallflowerRun Riverand Killing Yourself to Live will find much to savor here.
Hardcover256 pages  I received a free copy in exchange for a review through Netgalley. 
Published November 4th 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN
1629144991 (ISBN13: 9781629144993)



When her father dies, the letters that Clem's father leaves her means much more to her than money. He offers her the wisdom and deepest secrets of his life. Clem has always been close to her dad and there was nothing more she wanted than to know him better, she cherishes the letters and does not want to share his story with the world on a tv show.

The letters take her across California into his past through people and places. Each one that Clem meets tells a part of the story visually that the letters can't completely show. Everybody has secrets and having Clem discover her father in steps was a intriguing way to uncover his secrets, both big and small.

I didn't love the characters, but I really enjoyed the story. The idea of learning about somebody else's life by letters, people and places is a very nice idea and it's a story that is going to stick with me, a very touching read and something I would read again.

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