Book Review – Driving Grandpa

Synopsis: What do you get when you combine a hard-nosed WWII vet, a crazy stray dog, a pickup, and a string of foreclosed houses? The answer is a story that will playfully slam your nose against the proverbial passenger-side window at every unexpected turn. In this fictionalized memoir, author John Redstand takes readers on a rollicking tour of the last few months of his grandfather’s life. It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss.

A contract worker hired to clean out abandoned properties during the housing market crash of 2008, the narrator happily adopts double duty as chauffeur for Grandpa, who (despite his ornery protestations) is not allowed to drive anymore. These two simple tasks collide in a perfect storm of one humorous calamity after another.

Woven between the daily adventures of cleaning up supposedly vacant foreclosures, attempting to renew Grandpa’s license, and pursuing a decades gone by female counterpart, are Grandpa’s amusing and often absurd stories of World War II. An airplane mechanic stationed in Australia and the Pacific during the war, Grandpa fills their commutes with tales of stranded submarines, earthquake bombs, run-ins with Australian wildlife, and a disagreeable commanding officer.

Behind the story’s humor breathes a warm and touching ode to family, patriotism, and the Greatest Generation. Not so much of an elegy as an attempt to see the world through Grandpa’s peculiar and remarkable eyes, Driving Grandpa offers an amusing and endearing slice of life that is sure to bring a smile.

Rated: 3 out of 5 stars

Review: This fictional memoir is exactly what sounds like. It is a story about a man driving around his grandfather to abandoned houses while he listens to World War II stories – almost all of which he’s heard before. The author is a wonderful writer. It’s clear he has skills while reading through, but I’m not sure this fictional memoir accurately flatters his talent as an author. The book was a little boring. I had to force myself to keep reading it.

A memoir is defined as “a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources” but I’m not really sure that’s what this story is. It’s almost as if it’s trying to be a novel but doesn’t really have a plotline to keep the reader’s interest. It’s just a recounting of the last days before the grandfather’s death.

I’m not a huge fan of hearing stories from World War II, but for anyone who does enjoy them this would be a wonderful story for them. The characters are very well developed and they have a very endearing relationship. Rather than a fictional memoir, this could have been a lovely and interesting novel if there was a little more excitement put into the story.

Scheduling posts

So I’m still new to blogging but I figured out how to schedule blog posts. I feel so cool now lol. I have four posts for my creative blog scheduled so I don’t have to think about posting anything. I’m liking this feature. I might have to use it more often lol. Yes I have my stupid moments 😛 I hope everyone is well.

Other updates? I don’t have much. I finished another book (my third so far) and I’ve been continuing Disappeared so I can finally finish that. I’ve also started the third book in the Waiting series (the new one I’ve been posting), but not very far along since I need to hash out details for the outline. Plus I really want to get Disappeared done, finally. It’s been pushed off long enough.

My autobiography still has only sold two copies as far as I know. Makes me sad but we’ll see. I’m going to look around for an agent and ask him/her what to do about it. The publishing company didn’t even start marketing my book until it had been officially published for a couple months, which is a red flag for me. We’ll see though. I still need to hear from this agent about my other book so I don’t know.

That’s all I’ve got. Thanks for sticking with me everyone! Love you, my blogily!!! 🙂

One of the best feelings in the world

For me anyway. I’m not sure about anyone else, but one of the most satisfying feelings I have ever felt is finishing a book. Maybe it’s because this is only the third novel I’ve ever completed but who knows. Either way I’m super proud of myself for finishing my novel last night. I just hope it doesn’t go away any time soon! 🙂

Waiting

Hey blogily. I’m sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted. My life has been a little crazy as of late. Work has been stressful and busy so I haven’t been able to find time to get on and read other’s posts, let alone post an update myself. Plus, I’ve been writing as much as possible in my free time at home which is why I haven’t done any posting in the evening. In fact, the book I wrote for NaNoWriMo went so well that I’m almost finished with the second book. I wasn’t originally planning on making it a series, but now I have at least four books planned now. It’s still amazing to me that I’m able to write so much. Anyway, the first book is with an agent and I’m waiting to hear back from her about it. I’m a really impatient person so this is killing me lol. It’ll be at least another couple weeks yet before I hear from her and I wanna send an email saying “Heyyyyyyy have you started reading my book yet??” but I don’t want to piss her off either lol. She said she would get back to me once she had read it, and she had two other books before she could get to mine so I just need to wait. I hate waiting lol.

That’s all I have for now. Life is just busy and I’m doing a lot of writing in the short amount of free time that I have. I hope everyone is well. I’m hoping to stalk a few people’s pages so I can get caught up on what has been going on. I do feel terrible for being so distant so I’m sorry. I still care about all of you and have missed being a part of your lives through your blogs. ❤

Review: The Road to Becoming a Survivor

I think this might be the best Christmas present I could have hoped for this year. Thank you SO MUCH for the amazing review!!! ❤

Urban Book Reviews

Synopsis:

At 25 years old, River Hayden has experienced the low’s of life that few will ever see. A casualty of her family’s circumstances, of past boyfriends, of the hand that the universe dealt her, this auto-biography is Hayden’s chance at seeing her days as a victim end. Follow her story and how she was able to overcome her past, to pick up the pieces and find the life she has always wanted.

As part of our commitment to our readers, we should note that this story does contain content regarding sexual assault, abuse, drugs, and addiction. Trigger warnings apply.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Road to Becoming a Survivor by River Hayden is a must read for all. This nonfictional piece is told in first person by the author, herself. I found it interesting from the first sentence and soon, I was led to the last page…

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The Road To Becoming A Survivor by River Hayden

I’m so lucky to have so many positive reviews and support! I’m very blessed! 🙂

Rina's Ramblings

“A touching autobiography written by River Hayden, as she shares with us her tragic story of sexual abuse, neglect, self harming and depression. An inspirational and honest account of her life and her struggle to overcome being a victim and becoming a survivor. 4.5/5”

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Book overview and Review:

Reading River Hayden’s autobiography helps open our eyes to many aspects of life which we all hope to never experience. I think if given the choice out of a selection of autobiographies ranging from individuals aged 18 to 80; the probability of selecting a book written by a person who is much older than Hayden may be more common a choice, as some will presume what life experiences could a 25 year old young woman possibly have? I can confirm that this preconceived idea is not an accurate presumption; Hayden has clearly enlightened a few readers here, if ever they needed enlightenment…

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Another review!!!

Not too bad! It got 4 out of 5 stars from authorsday.com! Here’s a link to the review:

http://authorsday.com/ebook-review-the-road-to-becoming-a-survivor-by-rr-hayden/

I guess I didn’t focus enough on the help I received, but it’s difficult to talk about it when I didn’t get a whole lot lol. What do you guys think??

Btw, sorry for not posting for a while. My life has gotten pretty busy as of late. I’ve found some new hobbies and I’m participating in NaNoWriMo so that’s taking up a of time since I didn’t start until November 11th. If anyone else is on nanowrimo.org let me know! I’d love some friends on that site!

Love and miss my blogily! 🙂

The Road to Becoming a Survivor by R.R Hayden – Book Review

I’m humbled and honored for this review. I started crying it was so good to read. It’s good to know my life and work and writing is appreciated and has the chance to help others. I can’t wait to read and hear what others think!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

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511sSYDvVJL._SX363_BO1,204,203,200_Firstly, I would like to thank the amazing author of this book for contacting me and sending me this book for review in exchange for an honest review. I’m sorry this took longer than I anticipated because of other things in my life that I had to get to. But on to the actual review of this book.

Firstly, I want to warn you that this book has some content that may be considered inappropriate for a younger audience. Also there is mention of self-harm, depression, and sexual assault.

I cannot say anything but good things about this book. It is really just the reality of a person’s story with struggles with depression, sexual assault and a lot more. I had to remind myself to not get caught up with the story and just accept it as any other book I would read (I read mostly fiction). After the reminder that…

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Review: The Road to Becoming a Survivor

Received another review!!! What do you guys think??? 🙂 The only thing I would comment on about the review is that the whole book, my life, is me on my “road” to becoming a survivor. I even state in the book that I’m not fully over everything and it’ll be a long time before I can consider myself completely healed, but my autobiography maps out how I’m working my way to becoming a survivor.

Niahara's World of Books

The Road to Becoming a Survivor“At 25 years old, River Hayden has experienced the low’s of life that few will ever see. A casualty of her family’s circumstances, of past boyfriends, of the hand that the universe dealt her, this auto-biography is Hayden’s chance at seeing her days as a victim end. Follow her story and how she was able to overcome her past, to pick up the pieces and find the life she has always wanted.

As part of our commitment to our readers, we should note that this story does contain content regarding sexual assault, abuse, drugs, and addiction. Trigger warnings apply.”

Review: Reading an autobiography is often a completely different experience than reading a biography or a fictional book meant to be a portrayal of someone’s life. It is rawer, more truthful and often more moving than any other type of book on the market. River Hayden managed to be strong enough…

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