Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Kristin Hannah's Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness.
"A rich, multilayered reading experience, and an easy recommendation for book clubs." —Library Journal (starred review)
Life comes down to a series of choices.
To hold on…
To let go...to forget…to forgive…
Which road will you take?
For eighteen 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 out of harm's way. But senior year of high school tests them all. It's a dangerous, explosive season of drinking, driving, parties, and kids who want to let loose. And then on a hot summer's night, one bad decision is made. 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.
"You cannot read Night Road and not be affected by the story and the characters. The total impact of the book will stay with you for days to come after it is finished." —The Huffington Post
Hannah follows up Winter Garden with a strained story of friendship, social pressures, love, and forgiveness. After a string of foster homes and the death of her heroin-addict mother, Lexi Baill is taken in by a newly discovered great-aunt who lives a spartan life near Seattle. Despite financial problems, the two are glad to have found each other, and though Lexi resolves to stay safely on the periphery at her new high school, she soon meets Mia, unhappy and awkward despite a solid family life, a loving twin brother, Zach, and a closetful of clothes. The friendship flourishes, and Mia's mother, Jude, relieved and pleased for her daughter, draws Lexi into the family circle. But trouble begins in senior year with a slowly growing attraction between Zach and Lexi, who take great pains to make Mia comfortable with the change in the dynamics. This familiar story takes an unfortunate turn deep into after-school-special territory when Lexi, Mia, and Zach collectively make a bad decision that results in a tragedy with extreme repercussions. Even readers who like their melodrama thick will have problems as Hannah pushes credibility to the breaking point, and more than once.
Out of all Kristin Hannah's books,this is my second favorite, Firefly Lane being the first. Having some knowledge of the fact that Ms. Hannah has suffered a death involving her mother's cancer, she really is able to capture the shock and essence of death and all it entails. She did go a little overboard with Jude, but she maintained and executed a excellent read, well worth your time and money. Also, having suffered death, I learned a few pearls of wisdom: 1. Time heals dosen't heal all wounds but rather you gain perspective and protective armor. 2. Love is a feeling rather it's an act of will and lastly to heal from true grief ,it 's like a broken bone. You need to set it right so you can heal and go on. The only incongruous aspect to this novel is Alexa's physical description and the reality of her hooking up with an abercrombie and fitch type of guy doen't happen in real life.
This book was so awesome! I didn't want it to end! Once again, Kristin did not disappoint!
I think this was well written and engages the reader. As a mom of a teenager, I will never forget this book and the lessons it imparts. It made me smile at times and at others it was gut wrenching.