One Way Ticket to Anywhere by Rich Ochoa

By Rich Ochoa

RICH'S mom kicks him out of the home in a drunken fury while he refuses to consume kidney beans. The 16 yr outdated is wear a bus and rides cross-country to fulfill his father, whom he were conditioned to worry because the monster who kidnapped him as an youngster. months later, his step-mother deals him a one-way bus price ticket to at any place he desires to move. After perusing a highway atlas for a spot to complete highschool, the protagonist devises a plan. He’ll "Go Greyhound" from Idaho to his former place of birth, Lindale, Texas. He’ll construct a citadel within the woods in the back of the highschool the place he’ll sleep until eventually he can land a role, money a few paychecks, and discover a room to hire. As he steps onto the bus and into maturity, he counts his property as twenty cash money, fifty money of nutrients stamps, and a rubbish bag jam-packed with outfits. a method price tag to wherever is the sad-yet-hard-not-to-laugh-at tale of a teenage boy’s fight to prevent turning into a highschool dropout whereas he bargains with the emotional, monetary, and social ramifications of parental abandonment. The booklet captures the essence of a boy's resilience, yet is at its so much compelling whilst it unearths the way in which humans react to his scenario. An come across with a frumpy middle-aged woman sitting subsequent to him at the bus adjustments his standpoint on lifestyles. His psychotic head soccer trainer terrorizes him in strange and artistic methods. A kind-hearted younger accountant, rents him a spare room in his place of work construction and turns into a big-brother determine. yet, maybe the main endearing helping characters are Rich’s friends—teenagers themselves—they’ll do whatever to aid him continue to exist. a technique price tag to wherever is a memoir that by no means strays faraway from its resonating message of perseverance and unravel of a boy who turns into a guy with every one flip of the web page. The reader will draw back on the seven-year-old being instructed of the birds and the bees by way of his drunk mom, chortle on the younger teen who is terrorized through the vicious kinfolk puppy, and root for the nomadic younger guy who's stripped of every little thing commonplace of the senior 12 months event aside from his target to easily stroll around the level.

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Wait till recess loudmouth. I‘m gonna beat the snot out of you. Our teacher suggested to the class that this was not funny, then pulled the tape off my head and moved me to an empty desk, much to the amusement of twenty six year olds. Then she called the office on the intercom and asked for a custodian visit. Moments later, a janitor poked his head through the door and interrupted class, ―Mrs. McKinney, you called? ‖ ―Uhmm…Ahh… we had a little accident over here,‖ she said, trying to use a tone like it was no big deal, while gesturing toward me with the typical female underhanded point, complete with the classic 90 degree elbow bend.

I would spend a lot of time that summer building a mental list of ways I would never be like him. *** We arrive at his house where there are two thick photo albums, conspicuous by their solitary placement on the kitchen table in an otherwise cluttered home. We sit down at the table and he begins showing me pictures he took during the nine months we hid from my mother, the apathetic police, and the lousy private detective. He flips through pages of photos of me I‘ve never seen before while talking about the period of time he had me as if he‘s reminiscing about a family vacation, with no apparent remorse for the anguish he inflicted on my mother and grandparents, or the trauma he may have subsequently caused me.

An old lady (old like really old, not in her thirties) came to the door. ‖ ―Chocolate milk? ‖ She lectured me about how it wasn‘t her responsibility to feed the neighborhood kids. If I wanted chocolate milk, I‘d have to get it from my mother, she told me. It was like the old lady was flaunting her chocolate milk. Na nanny boo boo, I got chocolate milk and you can‘t have any. She closed the door on me before I had a chance to respond. I was outraged by her scolding and by the arrogance of her dismissal.

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