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States of Confusion: My 19,000-Mile Detour to Find Direction [Kindle Edition]

Paul Jury
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Product Description

Rather than deal with the problems he was facing as a recent college grad, Paul Jury decided to leave them in his rearview mirror. He might not have known the direction his life was headed, but he knew the route he was taking to hit all forty-eight contiguous states on one epic road trip.

Filled with plenty of adventure and the unforeseen obstacle (or twelve), States of Confusion puts you in shotgun to see where the road takes Paul. All he knows - after crashing on the beer-soaked couch of his younger brother's frat - is that there's no going back.

About the Author

Paul Jury graduated from Northwestern University and headed on a road trip before finally getting a gig as a writer in LA. Now, he writes and produces viral videos, and runs a tutoring program for kids looking to make the leap to college.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1832 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (April 18 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005070O3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but sloppy Oct. 12 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was a light read, certainly. The story was interesting but I found that it lacked the genuine personality I look for in memoir-type books. Additionally, there seemed to be some editing errors (e.g. a missing period here or there, a spelling error or two), which seemed odd for a published book, even when one considers that the author is writing in his own voice. Perhaps this was merely a printing error. I'm certainly not qualified to be a book editor, but these mistakes were distracting and made the book seem a bit sloppy. An average book overall.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Graduation Present May 12 2011
By Jurok - Published on
I love reading an author's first book because it's always so fresh and novel. This book was certainly that. It's a hysterical blend of back-road America and a young man finding direction after graduating from college. I'm sure we all felt a bit lost as graduation approached, and this book gives a humorous perspective that everyone can relate to. Therefore, it makes a perfect present for anyone graduating this spring or summer.
I bought it for the student I mentor and he loved it, so I had to order a bunch more for his friends. A very uplifting story.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colby7 May 8 2011
By Colby7 - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Highly recommend this book! Touching and hilarious, couldn't put it down. I got this as as gift for my brother who is graduating this year and he really liked it, and ended up getting a few copies for his classmates. The author does a great job of putting into words feelings so many of us have during that uncertain time in our life, and he does it with humor and vulnerability.

Great book!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Generation gap May 22 2012
By Librarian - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am not as enthusiastic over this book as so many of the other reviewers, perhaps because I am older than they. While the book is well-written (also well-formatted and a Kindle freebie), I could not relate to the angst of what to me seemed to be an over-indulged, self-obsessed young college-graduate, touring the country to find himself, seeing very little but writing daily blogs about it [SPOILER ALERT], treating his long-suffering girlfriend with disdain and dumping her over the telephone, and finally moving to LA to become a writer (where he still acts like an immature undergrad)--as if, by this point, we still care. At least that's how this seems to someone of an earlier generation whose view of life, inter-personal relationships, and the work ethic are obviously different from this gentleman's. And apart from his search for self and his desire to find his place in this world (as must we all), the book is unsatisfying as a travelogue and is hardly exemplary as anything else. I did not care for it. [UPDATE: Since I wrote the above I notice it is no longer free. I would certainly not recommend paying ten dollars for it.]
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Summer Read June 10 2011
By Tim Lowe - Published on
This is a fantastic Summer read. We ride along as Paul Jury, a recent college graduate, drives systematically (yet aimlessly) around the lower 48 while trying to figure out this thing we all call life.

A book like this could easily be unreadable, especially from someone so....well, young. But Jury is a really good writer in that he describes perfectly what is going on in his head even when the reader knows he is fouling up. The inner dialouge is stellar, interesting and nicely-paced.

The angst felt by the author is typical for recent college graduates who have yet to fall into their careers. Made more difficult by a relationship with his girlfriend that he hasn't quite figured out, Jury is unabashedly honest to a fault. I can only imagine how the girlfriend felt reading the blog he updated as he drove on his madcap 48-state jaunt.

Jury encounters many frustrating events which turn into metaphors for learning examples: financial budgeting, relationship balancing, troubleshooting, time management and decision making. The books is chock full of humor and the author is skillful at making you feel as if you are riding shotgun on his enjoyable trip.

I won't ruin the final pages, but suffice to say that ultimately the author does finally make some long-delayed decisions. I recommend this book if you are looking for a low-key yet interesting adventure for a lazy weekend. As I said before, in the hands of a less-skilled writer this book could have been boring but I found myself pulling for the author to reach the goals he listed for himself prior to the drive.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious and bordeline great book. Nov. 25 2011
By dirtymc - Published on
Paul Jury has written a strong and sensationally funny book. I honestly was not able to put it down and felt as if I were right there with him throughout. His descriptions are on point and often leaves the reader on the edge of the proverbial seat with suspense. He definitely reminds me of a real life Chris Pratt character, which for a comedic travelogue is awesome. Bravo! I have an immense amount of praise for Jury, however I cannot honestly bestow 5 stars. His stories are often short (New Jersey and Tennessee)and sometimes lack a sense of purpose (North Dakota). I would also have liked to see more thought devoted to describing the powerful scenery of Wyoming and the other northern states that he traversed. If you are down, do not hesitate in picking up this book. It will definitely be well worth your time.
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