Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Allie and Bea

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But...

Details Allie and Bea

TitleAllie and Bea
Release DateMay 23rd, 2017
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Young Adult, Audiobook, Adult Fiction, Coming Of Age, Literary Fiction, Travel

Reviews Allie and Bea

  • Always Pouting
    Bea has been trying to keep her finances in order after her husband died but no matter how thin she spreads the money her saving seem to dwindle endlessly. Then when she falls for a phone scam and loses the last of her money and that month's social security she decides to take off on the road. Leaving most of her belongings behind her, except her cat, she heads out to try and figure out a way to get by. Allie's parents get arrested for tax evasio...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Catherine Hyde Ryan writes beautiful books with relevant and important messages imparted to the reader without seeming preachy in the least. What a fabulous skill to have! As Allie and Bea begins, Bea, a tough woman in her seventies, has been fleeced of her remaining money by a con man. Left with few options, Bea decides to live in her van and make her way up the coast of California to try and find a place to reside. Meanwhile, Allie, a strong-wi...
  • Sarah Joint
    A very pleasant book. I wanted something light, and about 30 percent in I was so terrified for both of the characters I wasn't sure I was going to get it. It did lighten up significantly after that, but it's not always sunshine and roses. I really ended up liking both characters and their unlikely friendship. A great quick read, would be a perfect vacation book. Bea has already lost her husband, but now she's lost everything. Thanks to a telephon...
  • Tudor Vlad
    “Seems all my life I had to make choices between what I considered wasting money and what I now see was wasting my life. If it keeps you from wasting your life, it can’t very well be a waste, now can it?” It doesn’t happen very often for me to see a book and immediately think “this is exactly what I need right now” and be absolutely certain that I’m going to love it, but this is what happened when I saw Allie and Bea. I recently rea...
  • Lisa Vegan
    I really liked this book. (Thanks, Laura, for suggesting it.) Such great storytelling, such two endearing, wonderful main characters, and many other interesting and well-drawn characters. I read it quickly because whenever I could I read; I didn’t want to put it down, including choosing it over all other free time recreational activities. There were some unbelievable and unrealistic events, and a few large story/plot holes. And not just toward ...
  • Carole
    As always, you can't go wrong with choosing a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Immediately I fell I love with the characters, Allie & Bea. The 2 are an unlikely pair. A young teenage girl who gets taken from her parents into protective custody, and an elderly widow who has fallen for a scam and lost everything. They meet up after Allie runs away from some scary situations, and they embark on a journey up the west coast along with Bea's cat, Phyliss. ...
  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    What a heartwarming story. Bea who becomes homeless and lives in her van. Allie whose parents are arrested and she is put in a group home. Two separate lives who meet up when Allie runs away from the terrible things that happen in the home.This unlikely couple become friends, travelling together....their adventure makes you believe in the kindness of human nature as they meet so many helpful people; and the ending will make you smile.Love Catheri...
  • Sherri Thacker
    This is my 2nd book by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I loved her book Take Me With You and gave it 5 stars so I had high hopes for this one. This book is pretty good. I felt like it started off slow but once both Allie and Bea got together, it picked up speed! It’s a beautiful story and how the 2 formed a bond and the friendships they made along the way. If it hadn’t been slow in spots, I would give it 5 stars but I’m giving it 4 stars.
  • Laura
    4.5 stars. I didn't want this book to ever end. Synopsis: A 15 yo girl and a 70-something widow both find themselves homeless, and soon after, their paths cross. They help each other along and impact each other's lives in ways neither expected. Catherine Ryan Hyde also wrote the book "Pay it Forward" (the GR links aren't working), which became one of my favorite films. I've read another of her books, "Chasing Windmills", which was also excellent....
  • Judy Collins
    Master storyteller, Catherine Ryan Hyde returns following Say Good-Bye for Now landing on my Top 50 Books of 2016 with another emotional thought-provoking saga ALLIE AND BEA – two protagonists from different generations caught up an unfair system find they may learn something from one another.The best and worst of humanity.Bea a senior barely making it on her small social security check. Her husband is deceased and she resides in a mobil...
  • Amy
    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com4.5/5I think we’ve all read plenty of books about characters that are down on their luck and struggling to get back on their feet, but in Allie and Bea both title characters are truly fighting for survival, there is nothing cutesy or whimsical about their situations, things are drastic, life threatening even. But don’t be mistaken, as much as this book deals with some heavy themes, at it’...
  • angela clinton
    Very pleasant read This was a very easy read. The characters kept me interested throughout the story. Really enjoyed the book and will recommend it to my friends.
  • Nancy
    When I have been reading a lot of 'heavy' books and need to lift my spirit to remember that good things can happen in this world of trials and conflict, I am glad to have Catherine Ryan Hyde to turn to. Her newest book, Allie and Bea, did not disappoint.Hyde's books have a common thread: imperfect people with real life problems, often mired in anger or despair, are lifted through an empowering, healthy relationship. This novel begins with Bea, a ...
  • Rhonda Ruff
    I won this book in a drawing from Catherine Ryan Hyde! Loved it! Such a good story and very likeable characters. This story had a hea which was just what i was looking for right now .
  • Jennifer
    This has been my favorite book by Catherine Ryan Hyde so far. I will admit I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book when I first started. Bea was not that likable at the beginning. By the end, I was crying. Bea is a widower with not much money in the bank. Then she is scammed for what little money she has left. So she decides to pack up her toothless, old cat and live in her old van. Bea is not a friendly old woman, she is gruff and speaks h...
  • Shalini
    This is my first book by this author. Story was very unusual; a 70 year old Bea loses all her life savings by a telephone scammer. After her husband's death, life has been a struggle for her, so this was the last straw, so she takes off on the road. Allie's parents are jailed for tax evasion; to escape a dangerous situation, Allie runs away. And kismet plays a hand, throws these 2 unlikely characters together and they go on a road trip, where the...
  • Christine Nolfi
    This captivating tale will capture you from page one. Allie and Bea are the most unlikely people to become friends, let alone family. On a journey rife with danger, and sweetened by several heartwarming turns, they forge a bond than transcends age or class distinctions. Highly recommended.
  • Donna
    I liked this. I read my first book by this author yesterday and I liked it. So I read this one today. I didn't like it as much as the other one, but what I liked the most was how this author develops her characters. They were all so unique and she puts them into complicated relationships. They are also heartwarming and they are trying to make an effort to actually LIVE their life. I liked the old woman-teenager relationship. However, some of the...
  • Lori
    Absolutely loved this book! I feel like I've been on an adventure right there with Allie and Bea and now it's over and it makes me sad!
  • Caryn
    Full review and giveaway on my blog:
  • Anya
    "Where are we going?" "The ocean" "Oh, good, I didn't think you'd wanna do that. I thought you'd think it was a waist of gas." "I'm changing my mid about what's waistful and what's not - Bee said - seems all my life I've had to make choices between what I considered waisting money and what I now see was waisting my life. If it keeps you from waisting your life it can't very well be a waist now, can it?" (From chapter 26)Wow, I loved that book! At...
  • Marleen
    A most endearing read about two unlikely characters who become travel buddies for a short duration. For very different reasons, both Bea and Allie are forced to leave their familiar lives and find themselves “on the road”. I will not go into the whys because that would be giving away spoilers, but let me just say that they are very special circumstances; however both very real, which could happen to all of us.I thought that the characters wer...
  • Harvee
    Two vagabonds escape from unpleasant circumstances and have a grand adventure on the California and NW coast, traveling on an old bus turned camper. They are Allie, age 15, and Bea, age 70 plus. Delightful.
  • Liza Fireman
    This is a sweet book. It is simple, it is cute, it is kind of chick-lit, but not the usual type. Actually, it was funny because the name made me immediately think about the grade school series Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows that my daughter loved loved loved when she was younger (I did not read it, but it was about two good friends). This is also a story about two women, who become friends, very good friend.Bea is a lady in her 70s. Her husbands d...
  • Books and Spoons
    When I was offered Allie and Bea to read for a review I didn't hesitate for a minute. Pay It Forward, the author's previous book, changed my life, and how I look at life, and to have the chance to be part of this virtual tour for Allie and Bea is an honor that I humbly accepted. And the journey Allie and Bea take, both mentally and physically, astonished me with the realistic and sober look at life, and how easy it is to shatter the frames of the...
  • Deanna Sletten
    Bea is an elderly woman living month-to-month on her Social Security check and barely able to make ends meet. When she is scammed out of the last of her money, she devises a plan: she’ll pack up her van and live as best she can on the road. But she’s decided that the world owes her now, and as far as she’s concerned, anything goes.Allie’s parents are arrested and she is left to fend for herself in a group home. Allie isn’t street-wise, ...
  • Jessi
    Bea has lost her husband, been scammed out of her remaining funds, and is now leaving everything she's owned to live in her van. Allie's world is filled upside down when she's forced to live in a group home and when things get even worse... she runs away. Allie and Bea was a heartwarming and emotional read about two unlikely characters! I loved the writing, the story and pace of it, the characters, and the relationships that formed pretty much ou...
  • Vannetta Chapman
    Catherine Ryan Hyde never disappoints. This book caused me to look at what I have differently. It also helped me to think differently about other people who are in more desperate situations. So was great. I hope you'll give it a try!
  • Brenda
    4.5 stars
  • Suze Lavender
    Bea's husband hasn't left her much money and the Social Security check she receives every month isn't enough to cover her costs. She's almost run out of money and loses everything she has left to pay her bills with because of a telephone scam. Bea now only has her van and as she can't pay the rent of her trailer anymore she's homeless. She takes her cat and decides to make the most of her days by driving along the Pacific Coast. The only problem ...