“Amazement awaits us at every corner.” ~ James Broughton
After all of the experiences they've had over the last ten years, Russel and Kevin, of 'The Road to Amazing’ by Brent Hartinger, are ready to take the next step in commitment and be married. They want the wedding weekend and the ceremony to be perfect, with everything happening just as it should - but as everyone knows, things don't always turn out exactly perfect regardless of how well we've planned.
Russel is trying his best not to ruin the mood by overthinking everything and looking for trouble when it isn't there. Kevin is usually the positive one who sees a silver lining in whatever may happen. It's an odd situation for both of them. Russel isn't worried about Kevin not loving him enough to marry him, but he is concerned because Kevin seems to be convinced something awful is going to happen to ruin everything. It's hard to solve a problem when you don't know what it is. There's a vague feeling of something out of place, but Russel is not sure what it is. He just knows he feels different, not quite himself and uncomfortably detached from Kevin. But it's not only Kevin's negativity that bothers him, it's also all of their friends who are invited for a long weekend.
As the weekend proceeds, and things start going wrong, Russel's faith that everything will turn out right begins to wane. Even though the people in the group are all very different, they are Russel and Kevin's friends for a reason. They have always been there for them. Through introspection, each member of the group accompanies Russel and Kevin on this amazing journey, remembering an important saying: the destination is not as important as what is learned on the journey itself. This is what changes us and help us grow. As the weekend goes on, the group faces several obstacles that are overcome by teamwork and a real desire to make this weekend as wonderful as they can for their good friends.
There is so much character growth that takes place in this story, not only for Russel and Kevin, but for everyone there with them. Everyone takes something positive from the experience, something they had struggled with beforehand that will hopefully help them in the future. With a bond such as Russel and Kevin's, I don't think they will have much of a problem finding something amazing in their lives together. Thanks, Brent, for a great, introspective story, helping me remember that the possibility of finding something amazing may be right around the corner.