French Roll: Misadventures in Love, Life, and Roller Skating Across the French Riviera (Paperback)
Would you roller-skate 800 miles across the French Riviera for love? In this true adventure - A TOP 5 BESTSELLER - a love-struck teenage guy roller-skates solo from Italy to Spain to meet his girlfriend, despite her overprotective father and a country of topless beaches between them. In the exemplary spirit of Bill Bryson and Cheryl Strayed, "French Roll" is hailed as "beautiful, fast-paced, and moving. While overcoming the physical challenges of skating up and down impossibly steep hills, critics boast "this lovely book captures the exuberance of youth, the joy of chasing dreams. A perfect read for shelter-in-place, it reminds us of the bountiful world waiting to be discovered. A pleasure to read, highly recommend " From the icy peaks of Germany to the steamy beaches of France, this coming-of-age story begins when Michael, 19, gets a letter from his girlfriend asking him to meet her in Barcelona. He quits his daredevil job at the top of the German Alps and plots a risky two-month trek across the coast of southern France - alone, on roller skates. He leaves his alpine friends behind to follow his heart with only a backpack, ski poles, and roller skates. Even being chased down impossibly steep mountain roads by tour busses and ritzy sports cars can't keep an American teenager down, especially when he's delivering an engagement ring... and a dark confession. It was supposed to be fun and easy, but when disaster strikes his love life and a spectacular wipeout leaves him a heartbeat away from roadkill status, Michael must emerge from his tenderfoot life and learn some difficult lessons about growing up. Rolling over every inch of the French Riviera, European history, art history, and French culture come together in this off-the-grid, true tale of living in the moment, creating your true self, and living to write about it.