Novel: The Mountain Story
Author: Lori Lansens
Published: April 14th, 2015
This novel was generously sent to me for review from Penguin Random House.
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens follows our main character Wolf (Wilfred) Truly who currently lives in Michigan with his father Frankie Truly. After Frankie makes a foolish bet and loses his house, the pair are forced to migrate to California.
A long drive later, Wolf and Frankie make a pit stop at a local gas station where Wolf meets a boy his own age named Byrd. It doesn’t take them long to become fast friends. This gas station sits at the base of a mountain that Byrd has climbed several times. Soon, Byrd is eager to show Wolf the mountain as well.
A tragic accident occurs and Wolf doesn’t know if he can handle being in this world anymore. After much thought, Wolf comes to the decision that he is going to take his own life. One day he heads up the mountain prepared to jump to his death, when he meets a group of novice hikers. These three women ask Wolf if he could be their tour guide. He grudgingly agrees and they head out on an adventure of a life time.
“Five days. Four lost hikers. Three survivors.”
–The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
Who was my favourite character and why?
Byrd was definitely my favourite character. He was able to connect with our main character Wolf immediately and as a result the story became much more engrossing from there. I also enjoyed Byrd’s sense of humor. He was able to make Wolf laugh over the silliest things!
Were the characters relatable and/or believable?
Yes! Lori Lansens has a gift for making her characters so believable, that you might think you are reading a non-fiction novel. These characters have such different personalities and each add a different layer to the story.
Did the story keep you on the edge of your seat?
Yes. There were a few times in the novel that became extreme and I had to keep myself from jumping ahead to find out what would happen next.
Something I would change about the novel?
Personally, I found Frankie’s character to be bothersome. Frankie would flirt with plenty of women, which seemed irresponsible of him as a father figure. He was rarely home to talk to Wolf or ask him how his day went. Due to Frankie’s lack of parenting, Wolf ended up dropping out of high school.
That being said, I would not change Frankie’s personality in the novel. Frankie might have been an irresponsible father, but in a strange way he was a necessary asset in the novel. The fact that I found his personality aggravating at times, shows the caliber of Lansens writing skills, and her ability to create realistic characters, that will stay with you long after the last page.
This would be a great read for anyone that appreciates a well written story. I would recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys coming of age story with a twist. Lori Lansens is able to take you on an adventure into a world far away from reality.
If you enjoyed Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, you would enjoy this novel as well.
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens is a coming of age novel that involves families and friends that are able to hold people together through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much and would recommend it to anyone in the mood for a great story. I give this novel 5 out of 5 tea mugs. A must read novel!
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