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Reviewed by Trevor Otieno for Readers' Favorite
In 1969, Paul Gorman, who was 19 years old at the time, embarked on a backpacking trip across Europe. Gorman had grown up in a large family with a forgiving mother and a violent father. Gorman had just arrived in Luxembourg and was departing for the Canary Islands. He eventually learned how to rely on his resources to shape a sense of identity through the course of his voyage, following the unbelievable difficulty he encountered when attempting to forge a few travel checks. During this process, he matured from youthful innocence to the experience of age. Interspersed throughout this account are observations about Gorman’s troubled relationship with his father, his never-ending thirst for life, his search for love, and his other struggles. For more insights on the unfolding of events, grab a copy of Into Trouble by Paul Gorman.
In his writing, Gorman discusses his yearning for adventurous travel, his desire to flee his controlling father, and his fear of being recruited into the US Army. Trouble develops and ruins his ideal journey when he arrives at the sunny sandy beaches of Spain’s Canary Islands. Into Trouble was a fulfilling and fun read for me. My interest was maintained throughout while tension was built. This biographical coming-of-age tale of a naïve young American’s troubled journey to Europe is diligently told by Paul Gorman. I’ve been irrevocably affected by Gorman’s change and would suggest this book to all readers. They won't want to miss it because it offers a fantastic experience and a variety of lessons.