For two decades Tyler Gibbons has been keeping a secret from his family. At the tender age of sixteen, Tyler embarks on a student exchange program. Sent to the Andean city of Ambato, Ecuador, he finds daily adventure as he tries to fit in at school, connect with his host family, and navigate through a world of beaches, volcanoes, and jungles. But tucked deep inside this year are events so profound, so unexpected, they forever shape the man he will become. Now, 25 years later, his mother pulls these soaring tales from her son, exposing, for the first time, the source of a deep unhappiness. While these memories contain the wounds of an unresolved past, they also possess the power to heal his painful present. Thoughtfully crafted and boldly told, Tyler’s journey takes the reader on a wild South American adventure, while illuminating a mother’s unyielding power to heal her child.
A poweful story about Tyler who is an exchange student send to Ecuador, where he tries to fit, he is carrying a backage that hasn't be dealt with, The author takes us back an forth between present and past, where you will get a picture of it all. In his time you ill meet several other students and ther family. it is a story that will gve you a cry, a laugh. It is an emotinal heavy book but very enjoyable to read and the end makes it all worth it!
Loved Tyler, and other characters they are well developed and I loved the writing style, can't wait to read more wrom this author.