Welcome to another Live the Story Thirty Minute Reader!
I typically only do one of these a week…
Hey! Who’s laughing back there? Todd?
As I was saying, This week is a Thirty Minute Reader double header, and this is part Two. Greg is going to tell us about his second half-hour with Catie Rhodes’ Forever Road.
Thanks for being here today, Greg. Take it away!
Thanks Greg. Continuing with Forever Road for my second reading, I’m actually a bit unsure of what to say about it. I tend to read slowly for these segments, which lets me enjoy the story for its sake, while noticing things like grammar, realistic dialog, and… you know, stuff like that. All I thought when I had to stop reading this time was, “Damn! This is really good!” I know, eloquent, right?
Y’all probably know I grew up in the South, drinking lots of liquid, Tea-flavored sugar. Maybe that’s why I’m so caught up with Peri Jean and her friends and family. They all seem so real to me, their language, attitudes, situations, all of it could be taken from my memoir, if I had one. But I know its more than that. I’m not trying gush, or be a fan-boy, but I think we have a rising star in our midst.
So, on with the story. The action ramped up a notch in this reading, beginning with Peri Jean going to Rae’s house and…
Hang on. If you are reading, or plan to read Forever Road, THERE BE SPOILERS HERE!
So skip down to the comments and ask for a copy, and if I have any money left in my sock drawer, I’ll buy you one.
You’ve been warned!
…finds her dead. I know the girl can see spirits, so I’m waiting for Rae’s snarky ghost to pop up and start mouthing off, but No! Peri runs outside and gets her butt kicked the killer… Well, we assume it was the killer. This is a mystery, so I’m not taking that for granted just yet. She gets knocked out and wakes up with her meemaw and some hot, Bayou-imported lawman that Peri gets a bit flustered over.
The great part about this scene is all of the new people we get to meet. There’s the sheriff, the doctor, the new cop/potential love interest, an old school acquaintance, and we see enough of them to help us breath the small-town air a little more, and to build on the Peri-Jean mythology. There’s also some more talk of the lost family treasure, and we wrap up with the new cop thinking Peri’s friend Chase might be the murderer because of her.
The story is getting complex with so many characters to follow, but it doesn’t seem complex. Catie’s tells the story with such skill, it’s easier to follow than a stabbed rat on crutches. You know what I mean, right? One more thing worth mentioning is the humor. Blended throughout all of this action and drama are lines that had me howling with laughter. If you are reading Forever Road while drinking, be prepared to nasally distribute your beverage over everything in front of you. Gosh, I hope it’s nothing too hot or carbonated. That’s gonna burn.
Chime in below if you are reading along. What have I missed? Am I wrong? I never am, but I’ll listen to your thoughts before disabusing you of them. Remember to ask for a copy in the comments if you’d like one for free (and make sure I know how to contact you, or giving it to you might be tough).
Since you’re here, and are reading about Catie’s book, she did a couple of reviews on her blog today, so hop on over and take a look!