Award-winning young adult author Jeanette Ingold’s latest offering, Hitch, tells the story of seventeen-year old Moss Trawnley during the Great Depression. Thinking his life is finally going well between his job and his girlfriend, everything changes when he suddenly finds himself jobless, homeless and riding the rails in search of his future. Things change when he signs up for a six-month hitch in Montana with the Civilian Conservation Corps.
This book is meticulously researched and well written. The character of Moss Trawnley gives readers a captivating, insightful look into the struggles young men faced during the Great Depression and how programs such as the CCC changed lives. Other characters, however, weren’t as captivating as Trawnley and almost felt as though they came straight from Hollywood central casting. Ingold’s descriptions of the CCC and what it was like to be involved are fantastic.
Overall, the story felt like a well-done film where one can’t help but root for the hero. Although intended for young adults, anyone will find Hitch a great read. If readers are searching for a strong, thoughtful, well-done story, then Hitch comes highly recommended.