See You Down the Road
By Kim Ablon Whitney
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375824678, 192pp.)
Publication Date: February 10, 2004
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A fascinating glimpse into the lives of Irish Travelers in America, from a new voice in YA literature.
Welcome to Bridget’s world: Her family lives in a trailer, moving every so often; she’s engaged and her wedding is sooner than she’d like; and her parents want her to quit high school so she can help more with the family business. The problem is Bridget’s not sure the Traveler life is for her anymore. She feels guilty about pulling scams, and she’s definitely not sure she wants to get married, even though Patrick’s a good guy. But Bridget’s always been the good girl who does what she’s told, and there’s no way her parents will let her out of the wedding. And if she leaves the life, she’s out of the family for good.
Tautly written, with a riveting storyline and sympathetic characters coping with universal themes of family and social pressure, See You Down the Road will captivate readers to the very end.
"A wholly absorbing read that raises provocative questions about culture, as well as character, that teens will want to discuss." --Booklist, Starred
"[An] absorbing drama . . . a fascinating tale that will hook readers early and keep them thinking." --Kirkus Reviews
"A satisfying novel and a compelling exploration of a way of life that will be new to many readers." --BookPage
"A wonderful first novel that examines some important questions." --VOYA
From the Paperback edition.