The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
"Sooner or later, it will happen. So prepare yourself. Be ready not to be ready."Benjamin Benjamin was at rock bottom. Homeless and down to his last penny, enrolling on a short night course in the fundamentals of care-giving seemed the smart thing to do. But nothing in the manual could have... show more
"Sooner or later, it will happen. So prepare yourself. Be ready not to be ready."Benjamin Benjamin was at rock bottom. Homeless and down to his last penny, enrolling on a short night course in the fundamentals of care-giving seemed the smart thing to do. But nothing in the manual could have prepared Ben for Trevor, a sarcastic teenager stuck in a wheelchair. And that's assuming Ben read the manual properly in the first place...The first rule of care-giving is Be Professional. So Ben probably shouldn't tell Trevor why his wife Janet is divorcing him. He probably shouldn't mention that he contemplated suicide last night either.The second rule of care-giving is Don't Get Emotionally Involved. So Ben definitely shouldn't pack Trevor into the back of a campervan and drive hundreds of miles through the desert so he can patch things up with his father. Especially when Trevor's mother has absolutely forbidden it. Especially when an epic road trip like this could go so disastrously, gloriously wrong...Funny and tragic, this is the story of an unlikely friendship and a man and a boy's journey back to life.
Publish date: June 1st 2013
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Edition language: English
Very slow. Made a better movie. Check it out on Netflix and save yourself the hours of tedium with this book.
[A Note: I've marked this with a spoiler because at times it refers to things which happen quite far along in the book, but any actual spoilers and specifics have been put in tags]. I have a particular pet hate about books: I really hate misleading blurbs. I hate blurbs which make really good li...
At times an adventurous road novel and others an examination of what it means to be crippled (both in terms of physical disability as well as being stuck in a rut with life), The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving displays Jonathan Evison's ability to weave together different elements into a complex...
Heartbreaking. Uplifting. Characters I want to find in real life to see what they are doing now. So good. Just read it. You won't be disappointed.
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-revised-fundamentals-of-caregiving.htmlThe Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is a story about living life in spite of its challenges and difficulties. Trevor is a nineteen year old who suffers from a form of muscu...