Review: Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. It also should be noted to “Not judge a book by the first few chapters”‘. Allie and Bea is releasing May 23rd 2017 and I want it to be on your TBR after this review.


Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.


I actually did judge the book after reading the first chapter. I didn’t like Bea at all. Bea has been scammed out of money like so many people are these days. After being left with no funds, Bea sets out with all she owns, packed into her deceased husbands bakery van. Bea is very bitter and does things I didn’t agree with to get get money. Basically she becomes a scammer to make it by, thinking since she’s been scammed that the world owes her. It made me not like Bea at all.

Allie’s world is turned upside down when both her parents get arrested on tax fraud. Again, this happens a lot in this day in age. Allie was left with no family to take care of her and sent to a girls group home. Allie sets off to the group home with suitcases while most girls come with nothing. After a run in with one of the girls at the home she faces difficult decisions. Decisions to runaway from the home which eventually leads her to Bea. Life isn’t the easiest leading up to her encounter with Bea. Even upon meeting Bea, Allie still faces tribulations.

Allie and Bea will pull at your heart like no other book you have ever read. It is a book that you will still be thinking even days after reading. While I’ve left so many details out of the book, I hope it has increased  you enough to add it to your TBR pile. I look forward to sharing this book with my friends and hope you enjoy it as well.

For me the rating was a given which is why I rate •ALLIE AND BEA•


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In the end, I loved everything about Bea and all she stood for!!!

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