Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde also proved to be a surprisingly good read. Although a coming-of-age story, the novel doesn’t read like a young adult book.
I had the pleasure to live in Colorado for several years, and I still miss the wilderness. The novel seems to accurately portray the realities of a similar wilderness — both the beautiful and the harsh. The characters were also realistic and engaging, from the protagonist to the motley team helping him to his father.