The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse ~Review


A coming of age story about fifteen year old Peyton Cabot, a young man following in the footsteps of his father, in a life changing bike trek to Key West.

This was a quick and pleasant read, though I felt it slow to start, at times episodic. Peyton is a likable young man, he is upright has a sense of direction, but is also willing to go with the flow and take things as they come. Over the course of the book he learns about his family's past and meets a plethora of colorful and welcoming characters.

It was an entertaining read, with many fascinating snapshots of Peyton's varied experiences along the way. I loved Aunt Gert and her humorous and honest approach to life, as well as the sly but loyal Fin.

In the end, though he did come upon many interesting situations, I felt like things came a together a little too easily, and Peyton was almost too agreeable in my mind. Though we didn't spend more time with the extended Cabot family, there were characters that did intrigue me, and I wish that we had gotten to know them better. There was much to appreciate, like the very bold Southern characters, as well as the different pace of life that was brought to life well. A quick Southern coming of age tale about the choices that can change your life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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