For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children's needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia's best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.
Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm's way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time Mia and Zach leave the house, she worries about them. On a hot summer's night her worst fears are realized. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget... or the courage to forgive.Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.
©2011 Kristin Hannah (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Oh for heaven's sake"
The storyline was good. I did appreciate the fact that it didn't sugar coat the issues in the book. It presented them realistically and kept the message going throughout the story. When my kids are teenagers, this is a story I'd like them to hear.
However - the mother - she spent the first half other the book smothering her children with everything her time and money could provide - and the second half of the book, she litterally checked out. Of course until the last 1hr 44min. Then somehow she put herself back together in the span of a day or two... even though she apparantly couldn't function for years. I was so irritated with her behavior - that I found myself cringing.
"Took awhile to get into but worth it"
I understand why one reviewer would say it's geared toward teenagers except for the mothers perspective and depth of loss would be too much for a younger person to relate to. It took a bit to get into, but the author takes her time to develop the intricacies and inner turmoils of the relationships with the characters so once the true drama begins you are so familiar with them that it was worth going thru.
"The best Kristin Hannah stories I've read"
I thought the author's writing style was very descriptive and vivid. Her tone was conversational and engaging. The narrator brought everything to life. I was just blown away.
Night Road introduces us to a young woman named Alexa “Lexi” Baill, who was a product of a heroin addicted mother. She was in and out of various foster homes until a great-aunt named Eva Lange came to claim her. I knew this book would leave me in tears when Lexi met her great-aunt for the first time and said “If you keep me, you won’t regret. I swear it.” I knew then that this young woman was going to captivate me.
This book weaves a story about 3 teenagers pushing boundaries, learning responsibilities, making choices and living with the consequences of those choices. It was heart wrenching.
I loved the easy friendship between Mia and Lexi—the way they accepted each other after experiencing so many rejections in life. I loved how Zach and Lexi fell in love and how Mia ultimately accepted their love. I also loved how hard Zach worked at protecting Mia in all things. This book is about relationships with siblings, parents, and lovers. It reminds me that sometimes in life one bad decision can completely alter the path of your future. Drinking and Driving is always a bad choice, but forgiveness can be a healing comfort.
The author told a wonderful story about acceptance, love, anger, loss and ultimately forgiveness. I was rooting for everyone. I really think Miles Farraday and Eva Lange and the attorney Scott were the unsung heros in this book. I don’t want to give it all away but they were the supporting cast that held the primary characters together.
I LOVED THIS BOOK and I wish I could give it more stars.
"Well Written and Worth the Read"
This should be required reading for all teenagers. It shows the major consequences of making the simple but very bad decision of drinking and driving. It was heart wrenching. And after showing all of the pain of making certain life choices, it also showed how to forgive and move on from the past to live in the present and have hope for the future.
"Disappointed in Night Road"
After reading Kristin Hannah's wonderful book "The Nightingale" I was looking forward to another book by the author. "Night Road" was a disappointment both in the writing style and the story content. The book was overblown and read very much like a "soap opera" story. Skip this one but don't miss "The Nightingale".
"Like a Harlequin romance"
The writing is overly dramatic and forced. The story is dull and full of cliches. Save your money.
"More A Young Adult Book Than I Thought"
The basic plot was of interest --- a foster child finally achieves her heart's desire by acquiring a loving older relative and a set of contemporary friends. However, the characters became cliches very quickly -- the annoying helicopter mother Jude, the passive husband, and the spoiled rich twins. It is very hard to believe that the male twin, Zack, is the most popular boy in high school, and there is not much motivation for him to want to give up an education at a major university for city college and an insecure girl friend.
It was fairly predictable..
Yes, with reservations. Ms McInerney did a very credible job with the adults, was okay as Zack and Lexie, but terrible with the character of Mia. Mia sounded as though she were about 5 years old throughout the entire narration...it was so annoying to hear her high-pitched whine...
Probably. Would not be waiting with bated breath, however...
I normally enjoy books by this author, but I felt this was below her usual standard.
There was far too much time spent on teenage characters who did not seem that real, but the alternative was an obsessed helicopter mom..so take your choice..
"Good story - predictable ending (more like a 3.5)"
I have mixed feeling about this book and it could be because I listen to it rather than read it. For me it started out very similar to Firefly Lane and prayed it would not be the same story written with different characters. Well it turned out it was not. I felt the 1st half of the story really was geared to teenagers in high school - parties, drinking, drugs and some hints of sex ???
I found this part of the story somewhat annoying ??? and it could because of the narrator.
The story spans around Farraday family ??? an over bearing mother Jude, her doctor husband, Miles and 2 twins, Mia and Zach. Lexi Baill, a former foster child the small town with her aunt and is welcomed into the Farraday home with open arms. Lexi and Mia become the BFF and in senior year Lexi and Zach fall in love. In one night and one bad decision cause will tear the family apart and cause Lexi to lose everything.
What I found frustrating with the story was the mother ??? the 1st half of the story she was better than a ???mother of the year??? ??? the second half of the book .. she mentally abandons her family and drowns in self-pity. I found the ending very predictable ??? not that was bad .. we needed some happiness in the book.
I did come away from the book that the message that love and forgiveness does heal and the courage to get there.
"Don't Waste Your Time"
The audience for this book should be teen-age girls. Very predictable. Narrative is frequently repetitive.
I think Kristin Hannah's books can be a little sappy, but I really enjoyed this one, and was sorry when it ended. The narrator does a fantastic job, which always helps, too!
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