The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
I am Thijs. I enjoy reading (maybe a little too much) and being outdoors. I have a younger brother and my favorite dessert is root beer floats.
The Boys in the Boat is a classic about young men and their struggles, but how they overcome. Set mostly in Washington State, this book follows the University of Washington Crew team of 1937. The main character in the story is Joe. Joe had a hard life growing up. His mother died when he was young and he had a stepmother that never cared for him. His father struggled to find work and enough money to support the family. His father left when Joe was 15 to take care of himself. This was during the Great Depression when many people were struggling to support their families, keep their homes, and have enough food to eat.
Joe was an incredibly smart young man who found many ways to support himself. He eventually made it to the University of Washington and earned a spot on the Freshman Rowing Crew Team. The story follows the Freshman Crew Team with their struggles to stay in college and have a seat on the competitive University of Washington Crew Team.
One of the reasons I connected so well with this book was that it is a true story. The men in the book have incredible grit and never seemed to give up. This would be a great book to read on a road trip as well. The book will allow you around 14 hours and 24 minutes to pass the time. I hope you go and check this book out at The Community Library, and have a great time reading!