The Car by Gary Paulsen
Terry's parents fight all the time. One day, he gets a voicemail that his mom won't be coming home because she's had it with his dad. His dad also sends him a voicemail that we won't be coming home because he's tried of his mom. Terry at first doesn't know what to do but then thinks of the car in the garage. The car isn't fully built so he spends a couple weeks finishing it. Terry decides to head west to try to find his uncle. Along the way he meets Waylon, an old, Vietnam hippie. Waylon the introduces him to new things and new people over the U.S.
14 years old, only child, curious, parents fight a lot.
Old, Vietnam veteran, experienced, hippie, old friend of Wayne.
Also old, Vietnam veteran, experienced, motorcyclist, old friend of Waylon.
The setting takes place all over the U.S, and not in on specific spot.
The theme of my book is to try new things and be curious.