He is sixteen years old, his name is Charlie, but he doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going. His family has fallen apart and to top it all off, his grandfather and fellow music aficionado, opa Bill, dies suddenly.
The morning he’s supposed to start his dream job at the record store, his grandmother and country club maven, oma Ruth, shows up out of the blue. She’s dressed like a hippie, drives a rickety old bus with Bill’s ashes on the dash, and claims she’s going on a road-trip in the spirit of the sixties, along Route 66. Before Charlie knows it he is on a roller coaster ride down the Mother Road, banned from using social media, and forced to put up with his crazy grandmother and her wild antics.
But then he discovers Ruth’s hidden agenda, meets a beautiful, mysterious girl in the middle of nowhere and suddenly the trip takes an unexpected turn into the unknown. As role models fall off their pedestals, hormones go haywire and a dark family secret is revealed, Charlie goes through a rite of passage that will change his life forever.
The setting is the iconic Route 66, the characters are rich and real, and the soundtrack is epic. This is Ruth 66, a fun coming-of-age novel about family dynamics, accepting the past and finding inner strength.