"Meet Duffy, an old curmudgeon who lives in an assisted living home.
Meet Josie, a desperate young woman who climbs through his window.
Together, they’re going to learn it’s never too late—or too early—to change your ways.
For Duffy Sinclair, life boils down to one simple thing: maintaining his residence at the idyllic Centennial Assisted Living. Without it, he’s destined for the roach-infested nursing home down the road—and after wasting the first eighty-eight years of his life, he refuses to waste away for the rest. So, he keeps his shenanigans to the bare minimum with the help of his straight-laced best friend and roommate, Carl Upton.
But when Carl’s granddaughter Josie climbs through their bedroom window with booze on her breath and a black eye, Duffy’s faced with trouble that’s sticking around and hard to hide—from Centennial’s management and Josie’s toxic boyfriend. Before he knows it, he’s running a covert operation that includes hitchhiking and barhopping.
He might as well write himself a one-way ticket to the nursing home…or the morgue. Yet Duffy’s all in. Because thanks to an unlikely friendship that becomes fast family—his life doesn’t boil down the same anymore. Not when he finally has a chance to leave a legacy."
I loved everything about this book: the humor, the writing, the characters, and the heart. Duffy Sinclair is one of the most likable curmudgeons ever written. And he's such an engaging narrator! His views of life in an assisted living home (don't call it a nursing home!) made me smile...and hope I never end up in one myself. He handles all the "joys" of old age--like when his water spills at dinner and he unsuccessfully tries to convince everyone he didn't just pee his pants--with sarcasm and snark. And a very big heart. The way he's willing to risk everything in order to help Josie get back on her feet only made me like him more. This funny yet poignant book is definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year.