GoodReads Summary: For Duffy Sinclair, life boils down to one simple thing: maintaining his residence at the idyllic Centennial Assisted Living. Without it, he’s destined for the roach-infested nursing home down the road—and after wasting the first eighty-eight years of his life, he refuses to waste away for the rest. So, he keeps his shenanigans to the bare minimum with the help of his straight-laced best friend and roommate, Carl Upton.
But when Carl’s granddaughter Josie climbs through their bedroom window with booze on her breath and a black eye, Duffy’s faced with trouble that’s sticking around and hard to hide—from Centennial’s management and Josie’s toxic boyfriend. Before he knows it, he’s running a covert operation that includes hitchhiking and barhopping.
He might as well write himself a one-way ticket to the nursing home…or the morgue. Yet Duffy’s all in. Because thanks to an unlikely friendship that becomes fast family—his life doesn’t boil down the same anymore. Not when he finally has a chance to leave a legacy.
Have the tissues ready when you read this book
Thoughts: Thank you to Berkley Books and Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my review.
I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t enjoy this book since it started off pretty slow but was pleased to find how attached I was to each of the characters at the half way point. I was also worried because at one point it seems like the days would be repeating themselves and I cant stand that. I was pleased to find each day brought something new for everyone.
You get introduced to the characters slowly throughout the events of one day and this is where you start to get to know who Duffy was before he lived in the assisted living facility. As you get to know Duffy you begin to understand the connection that he is going to have with Josie, whom is Carl’s Granddaughter. It is during these moments in which I got invested in the story as I wanted to know if these two would wind up saving each other.
I really loved all the characters that are introduced throughout the book whether the story revolves around them or not. I like the way that the relationship that Duffy has with Carl is played out and how it informs the relationship he feels the need to have with Josie. I really enjoy how Duffy forms a team to save Josie from herself and its so sweet watching as how each person on that team has a different role to play in Josie’s life.
I really enjoyed the writing style of this book as I felt that I was in the room as Duffy was telling me the story of when he met Josie. It’s a nice, slow read that reminds me of the stories my grandma tells me sometimes. There’s some funny moments throughout this book and then there are some more serious moments yet both of these make the book a pleasure to read.
I recommend this to those of you who enjoy books with little to no action scenes, books with characters to love, or books that feel like home .