I read this book like four months ago and kept meaning to write a review because I liked it, but I'm a bit foggy on what happened, so I'll do my best.
Ry is on his way to some kind of summer camp, when the train stops and he gets stranded in the middle of nowhere. And that's where his adventure begins.
In the acknowledgements Perkins said she was inspired by narratives like those in Don Quixote and How I Live Now. And while I was not a huge fan of How I Live Now, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. I think the main difference was that I really liked Ry as the protagonist. He was a total optimist and always ready for a challenge, ambitious and just generally loveable.
All the other characters, whether major or minor were beautifully flawed. From his grandpa to the guy who flew him to Florida (I don't remember his name).
That's really all I can say because I don't remember much else about it.
Except for this quote which was both deep and funny. I might be misquoting it a bit...
"My parents knew where I was in the same sense I knew where my needle was. Oh yeah. It's over there. Somewhere in that haystack."