Verdict: FINDING FLIPPER FRANK is a gratifying and touching road trip story about second chances, written with finesse and heart.
FINDING FLIPPER FRANK centers around 38-year-old, troubled, lonely loser Walt Honerman, who decides to drive on an adventure with two passengers: an elderly man named Izzy with a big personality and a young woman, Moira, who wants to break Walt out of his shell. Of course, their simple trip ultimately has more twists and turns once they reach their final destination. In the end, Walt must decide whether to cling to his past or embrace a future free of his former demons.
FINDING FLIPPER FRANK is heartwarming above all else. The characters are fully fleshed out, each with unique backgrounds that inform the decisions they make and their behaviors. Because Izzy and Moira are such great side characters, the main character of Walt is able to blossom under their influence. Garry also has a knack for writing realistic dialogue that fits each character. The text can read like a young adult novel at times (it’s a tad simplistic in some areas), especially the dialogue, where entire exchanges come in short sentences. However, the story is strong, making it a quick and easy read.
One of the best parts of FINDING FLIPPER FRANK is that the action takes several unexpected turns. The characters are often hiding secrets that help push the novel along. One might suspect that the journey of the road trip would have the most action, but the story really comes alive when the characters come to their destination. These unpredicted plot twists last all the way through FINDING FLIPPER FRANK, including a surprising ending. But even though there are twists, the novel finishes up with a fully satisfying ending, with resolution for each character.
FINDING FLIPPER FRANK is a gratifying and touching road trip story about second chances, written with finesse and heart.