Don’t Think Twice

4/5 Stars

Don’t Think Twice

By; Barbara Schoichet

Published By; G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Publication Date: 9-6-2061

What would you do if suddenly you lost your job, your girlfriend of six years breaks up with you, and your mother dies? For Barbara Schoichet the last six months have been full of loss and at fifty years old, she has no idea how to cope. Until she decides to get her motorcycle license, buy a Harley from Dave and Dave in New York, and then drive it all the way back to California. Barbara doesn’t feel like she has much to live for and she’s willing to die trying to find her way back to herself.

I could not put this book down, which kept me reading into the wee hours of the night. “Don’t Think Twice” is the middle aged, motorcycle loving, desperate woman’s equivalent to “Eat. Pray. Love”. A woman who is ready to give up everything for the journey of a lifetime, to find her way back to center. Haven’t we all wished, at some point in our lives, that we could just pack up and disappear until we found a sense of inner peace?

Even though I’m twenty years younger than Barbara, I found so many ways I could relate to her. The fact that this story is based off of Barbara’s real experiences makes it that much better. Though I would never wish the loss of a parent on anyone, I too, recently lost a parent to cancer. “Don’t Think Twice” made me think about the grieving process, ironically enough. I feel like this is a story I’ll possibly read again.

On another note, I couldn’t be happier about the sexuality side of this story. I loved that this book wasn’t some big gushy coming out story. I loved that it wasn’t some cheesy romance. This book was REAL and about real experiences. I love that the author didn’t identify with being gay until later in her life, that is real!

I can’t in good conscious say anything negative about this book. I know that it was based on real life and that says a lot to me. I loved the author’s voice and the book was easy to follow. Occasionally there were parts that drug out a little too much for my liking, but I understand why they were included. That is the only reason this book gets four stars instead of five.

Ready for a cross country adventure? Love motorcycles? Identified with a sexuality other than straight? Grieved the loss of a parent?  This book will definitely be for you.

Thank you to firsttoread.com for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.

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