A retired New York professor has his life thrown into chaos when he is informed that he is the only available relative of his 11 year old great nephew, and if he doesn’t take him in, the young boy will be forced into care. He takes the young boy with him on a planned trip to his home place of Nice, France. He plans to discover his mother’s wartime secrets on his first trip back to the place he was born. The unlikely duo, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, bicker over everything from the young boy drinking coke to screen time. But as the trip goes on, the pair begin to appreciate each other and their differences.
I’m not going to lie, this book was just not my cup of tea. I have read The Room previously so I was really looking forward to this one. It was just a bit dead for me personally. There was no twists or turns, no shocking moments. Now, it was a lovely heartwarming story. The development of the relationship between Noah, an 80 year old man, and Michael, an 11 year old boy who had never even left America before. What started as an obligation to take in the young boy turns into an unlikely friendship. It just wasn’t for me, but it wasn’t a bad book, I just prefer something with more shocking moments. I did still enjoy the relationship between the two but I was a bit bored after reading it for a longer period of time. I found myself tuning out and having to reread certain paragraphs as I wasn’t taking anything in. But, as I said, I can see a lot of people enjoying it, just not for me!