The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan
Posted by Caitie F on December 26, 2013
Summary from publisher:
Before there was Marley, there was a gleefully mischievous boy growing up in a devout Catholic home outside Detroit in the 1960s and ’70s. Despite his loving parents’ best efforts, John’s attempts to meet their expectations failed spectacularly. Whether it was his disastrous first confession, the use of his hobby telescope to take in the bronzed Mrs. Selahowski sunbathing next door, the purloined swigs of sacramental wine, or, as he got older, the fumbled attempts to sneak contraband past his father and score with girls beneath his mother’s vigilant radar, John was figuring out that the faith and fervor that came so effortlessly to his parents somehow had eluded him.
And then one day, a strong-willed young woman named Jenny walked into his life. As their love grew, John began the painful, funny, and poignant journey into adulthood—away from his parents’ orbit and into a life of his own. It would take a fateful call and the onset of illness to lead him on the final leg of his journey—the trip home again.
I loved reading about Marley in his first book, and really enjoyed Grogan writing style, so I knew I wanted to read his memoir.
My favorite thing about this is that someone who isn’t a huge celebrity had a very interested life. I enjoyed reading about his life even though it isn’t full of scandals or dirt on others. It is the story of one guy and his family. It reminds the reader that everyone has a story.
As someone who was also raised Catholic, there were times I found myself nodding along to what I was reading. Luckily, my parents weren’t as religious as his. Even if you aren’t Catholic, this book is still really good. It is about growing up and not always seeing eye to eye with the rest of your family. It is about summers as a kid, roaming the neighborhood and getting into some trouble.
If you like Marley and Me and you like Grogan’s style you should pick this book up from the library.