Eric didn’t want to move from his perfectly nice house in the suburbs of Los Angles to the crummy and ancient house in Salt Lake City . He didn’t have a choice, though. Since, his family lost their house and most of their cash flow when his father contracted Guillain-Barre syndrome - a serious disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks parts of the nervous system. This syndrome eventually led Eric’s father to not be able to walk and if you can’t walk you can’t certainly work, especially if your in construction. So, this left his mother, father, his brother Joel, and him to move to his mothers old house in Salt Lake City. In Eric’s new school he has trouble making friends and is tormented daily by the school bullies. Though, this all changes when he meets Grace. A girl who has runaway from her house to get away from her gullible mother and cruel stepfather. Eric fells sorry for her so he invites her to come live in his old clubhouse in his backyard. Grace says yes and from that moment on Grace and Eric began to start a friendship that will leave Eric for the better and worse.
Grace was a truly memorizing story about a runaway who could never seem to have the perfect life. I never had given much thought to runaways lives before reading this novel, but after reading this I could feel their pain and sorrow. In Grace, Richard Paul Evans created characters in a way that you could relate to even if you never once had their problems. Also, this book takes place in the 1950s or 1960s, but Richard always kind of gave of the allusion that it took place in the current time ,except for a few small things the book mentioned about what was happening in history. Grace was an extraordinary novel that I suggest that all age groups read, because Grace’s character makes you grateful for all that you have in life.
* reviewed for Book Divas