I absolutely loved this book. I was beginning to think that I was broken when it came to reading. So hard for me to get into books lately, but when I picked up this one, I fell right into the story. But why? The description was beautiful, really putting you in the setting, showing you what the author was seeing and taking you along the journey with Aubrey.
**CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS**
Ryan has done an amazing job with this book. I loved every part of it EXCEPT Hannah. In fact, she grated on my nerves so much, I really wanted her to fall in the lake and drown. My thoughts on her have changed SLIGHTLY, but not much.
For some reason, when I was reading it, I thought Jimmy and Aubrey would end up together. The story is told in first person through the eyes of Aubrey, and when it came to Jimmy, how he talked about him, how they acted together, how they swam naked and all that, I really thought it was going to be an awesome gay romance as a back-story. For the first time I thought we would see gay people written in the non-stereotypical light, having this epic adventure, but that didn’t happen.
Now, when the love interest did come into it, I was a little taken aback. I didn’t like the shift in the story (from my preconceived notions), but I stuck with it, and I am very glad I did. The Park Service has become the BEST book I’ve read lately.
I highly recommend this book.