The people you meet, the places you go, and the experiences you have will undoubtedly shape your life. Sara Taylor’s The Lauras depicts the stories of a mother while she travels across the country with her child.
One night after thirteen year old Alex’s parents were fighting for the umpteenth time, Alex’s mother leaves with Alex in tow, seemingly without a destination other than “away.” While traveling across the country, the pair spend plenty of time alternating between living out of their car or in interchangeable small towns to earn money to keep afloat and moving over the years, with Alex’s mother telling stories about the people in her life who shaped who she is, which offers some clues as to their ultimate destination as she endeavors to complete some unfinished business related to those relationships. Throughout these travels, Alex grows up, often in unexpected ways, while trying to establish an independent identity.
A travelogue of sorts with some well-written descriptions, this narrative follows the mother’s life story, though oddly and somewhat reluctantly related, to reach a modicum of closure while subsequently shaping Alex’s life; Alex navigates the harsh realities of the world as a teen not defined by gender constantly on the move with a restless mother, which sheds some light on the person that Alex is developing into, making this narrative a sort of coming of age story with some significant messages conveyed. While there were some goals to accomplish to serve as plot points, most of the narrative felt rather nebulous with little to no direction in which to develop, which while possibly mirroring the powerlessness Alex feels it made it difficult to remain invested in the outcome.
Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.