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Night Road [ NIGHT ROAD ] by Hannah, Kristin ( Author ) on Mar, 22, 2011 Hardcover Unknown Binding – March 22, 2011

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 22, 2011)
  • ASIN: B004UQ6QJE
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (679 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,195,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristin Hannah was born in September 1960 in Southern California and grew up at the beach, making sand castles and playing in the surf. When she was eight years old, her father drove the family to Western Washington which they called home.

After working in a trendy advertising agency, Kristin decided to go to law school. "But you're going to be a writer" are the prophetic words she would never forget from her mother. Kristin was in her third-and final-year of law school and her mom was in the hospital, facing the end of her long battle with cancer. Kristin was shocked to discover that her mother believed she would become a writer. For the next few months, they collaborated on the worst, most clichéd historical romance ever written.

After her mom's death, she packed up all those bits and pieces of paper they'd collected and put them in a box in the back of her closet. Kristin got married and continued practicing law.

Then Kristin found out she was pregnant and was on bed rest for five months. By the time she'd read every book in the house and started asking her husband for cereal boxes to read, she knew she was a goner. That's when her husband reminded her of the book she'd started with her mom. Kristin pulled out the boxes of research material, dusted them off and began writing. By the time their son was born, she'd finished a first draft and found an obsession.

The rejections came, of course, and they stung for a while, but each one really just spurred her to try harder, work more. In 1990, Kristin got "the call," and in that moment, she went from a young mother with a cooler-than-average hobby to a professional writer, and has never looked back. In all the years between then and now, she have never lost her love of, or her enthusiasm for, telling stories. Kristin feels truly blessed to be a wife, a mother, and a writer.

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Ezinwanyi on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thought the author's writing style was very descriptive and vivid. Her tone was conversational and engaging.

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.

After four days in her new home in Port George, Washington, she makes her first friend Mia Farraday, an outcast, like herself. Mia was the twin sister of Zach Farraday, a popular jock who dragged Mia along in order to try to help her fit in. Soon the three of them become a packaged deal of sorts, going everywhere together, and sleepovers at the Farradays etc.
Jude Farraday became the mother that Alexa always wanted, but never had. Jude Farraday was slightly neurotic when it came to parenting. She insisted on walking her high school kids to their lockers, checking home work, chaperoning all school dances etc.
This book weaves a story about teenagers pushing boundaries, learning responsibilities, making choices and living with the consequences of those choices. It was heart wrenching when I realized that they were going to drive home drunk that fateful night. I knew the consequences would be quite severe and it was.

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.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on March 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard of this book a few months back, I just knew I had to read it. The premise sounded amazing, the cover was eye-catching, and Kristin has received plenty of praise. Therefore, when the chance finally came to read Night Road, I jumped right in, devouring it in one long sitting, as Night Road was simply fantastic. Full of likeable and complex characters, star-crossed romance, and tension, this one read had me flipping the pages as fast as humanly possible.

Night Road tells the story of Lexie Baill and the Farraday family. For Jude Farraday, her whole life has been dedicated to her family- specifically her two twins Zach and Mia. However, while Zach is the king of his grade, Mia has always failed to the wayside. Everything changes when Lexie moves to town during the twin's freshman year of high school, though. Scared yet brave, Lexie quickly finds herself part of the Farraday family- another daughter to Jude, a best friend to Mia, and possibly "something more" to Zach. As the years continue, the bond only grows strong...until one horrific accident. Faced with sudden and bone chilling tragedy, everything changes between them all, landing one in jail and the rest in emotional distress. Will they all be able to begin living again? Will they be able to forget and move on before it is too late to do so? Will everything get worse or better in the end? Only time and more pages will tell in this heart wrenching tale of love, hope, and forgiving as well as moving on.

Out of everything in this book, I have to say the characters are most likely my favorite aspect. Complex yet loveable, the main characters found in this one where one is who stories caught me from the very first page and kept me until the very last.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By S. A. W. on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a difficult book to categorise. Amazon classifies it as a physiological thriller, but there's little suspense and no spine-tingling action here. The promo blurb proclaimed it to be haunting, which is a bit of an overstatement. Still, Night Road is an engrossing read; I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it.
The narrative is told from two different viewpoints, one an orphan teenage girl, the other an upper-class overprotective mother. As a result, the book reads like a cross between chick lit and young adult romance.

The storyline covers a lot of territory, touching on friendship, familial bonds, parenting, underage drinking, premarital sex, justice, recompense, debilitating grief, and forgiveness. Such a plethora of topics, combined with a polished writing style and vivid characters, make Night Road an appealing choice for book clubs.

Unfortunately, it's pretty obvious from the first chapter how the plot will pan out: A friendship is strained by a secret love and then there's a tragic accident. It feels like one of those old after school specials

I had a hard time relating to many of the characters. The Farraday family comes across as shallow silver spooners. The mother in particular is grating. Indulgent and yet controlling of her children, she ends up being vindictive and completely self-centred, traits that are also evident in her children.

A good portion of the book deals with devastation and on-going grief. Kristin Hannah handles the subject matter skilfully and compassionately. However, the fairy tale ending feels completely wrong. It's far too simplistic, which is a real letdown after all the story's emotional complexity.
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