Gabriel Clarke’s life started out as any other. A boy and his father…bonding….doing the things boys do. Enjoying the outdoors. His father was a white water rafting guide and enjoyed being on the river almost more than anything else. One day Gabriel and his father were climbing the rocks by the river and some unexperienced kayakers were going down the river…headed right to the falls. Gabriel’s father told Gabriel to stay put up by the rocks as he went down to help them. That was the last time Gabriel saw his father.
The book fast forwards to Gabriel’s life now living with his mom and helping out at a farm. It deals with how Gabriel tries to get over his father’s death but really just can’t manage to do so. He doesn’t fit in, he’s scared of water and he just wants the only person back he ever really relied on.
After high school a few of Gabriel’s friends invite him to go back to the river for a weekend get away. Gabriel doesn’t want to but he does…and he experiences the same joy that his father had when he was on the river. He loves it…wants more of it and eventually gets a summer job working at the camp.
Little did he know that summer would change his life.
This is a good book, although it’s a bit slow. I don’t know if that was because I really wasn’t into reading it at the time or if it really went slow. However, I thought that the author could have left a lot of the story out…(filler stuff) and it still would have been effective. I also felt like this book was trying hard to be like “The Shack” as in the River was obviously a metaphor for Jesus, and the author makes you believe that this is a real story that happened, but in actuality it is fiction.
It was a good read….not really that deep for what I thought it would be. Probably not something I would read again, but that’s just my opinion.
All in all, I give the book 3 out of 5 lollipops.
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