While Rey sits on an airplane bound for Pittsburgh, he clutches a crumpled note. It’s been forty-one days since his mom left—no words since. Rey’s dad is sending him to Pittsburgh for the summer to stay with his grandparents, so his dad can pull his life together. Rey feels so alone.
Somehow Rey has to find himself. He’s timid, unsure, yet has to make choices. These choices lead Rey to become more confident, as he makes the transition into his teenage years.
Rey arrives in the middle of a heat wave. He quickly runs into trouble with some bullies and is in several difficult situations. Rey hangs out with his friend, Jason and discovers a mentor in his grandfather—bonds which are all put to the test when his grandfather becomes extremely sick and Rey has a final confrontation with the bullies. And then there are his parents.
Will things ever return to normal?
I truly loved this story! Broken Bridges is the story of a young boy named Rey who spends the summer with his grandparents. His mother has left, and his father is too depressed to be of much use to Rey. Thankfully, Rey has loving grandparents who can help him make it through the summer. They live just outside of Pittsburgh. Boooo lol. Being a NE Ohio girl automatically means I don’t like Pittsburgh 🙂 It’s a rivalry thing. His grandparents’ home has such a cozy feel, and you really get the sense of small town America in this story.
Pap, Rey’s grandpa, really interacts with Rey in a way Rey’s dad doesn’t. It’s so sad, but this seems to be the case so much anymore. Dads spend so much time at work, or when they do have free time they spend it with their peers rather than their children. Pap tells Rey stories from when he was in the war and from his bridge building days. Rey’s grandma loves making quilts and sharing with Rey the stories behind each square. The whole atmosphere of the book is wonderful.
This is a story I think any one would enjoy. It’s a quick read if you are an adult, and it’s a positive read for younger children. It does have some sad aspects, but that just makes it more realistic. I highly recommend it!
About Author Roy Kindelberger
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