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Recovery Road Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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Madeline is starting junior year in rehab. She hates the losers surrounding her�all except Trish. Soon the two are escaping the halfway house every Tuesday to go to the movies with other recovering addicts. It is here that Madeline meets Stewart, another recovering addict, and the two teens are immediately drawn together. What follows is a story about being in love while trying to survive sobriety. Eventually, the two are released from rehab and must return to their previous lives; for Madeline that means returning to school and her old friends and routines. Her struggle to stay sober and find a new path is realistic and the strength of the story. Her relationship with Stewart, on the other hand, has the expected narrative ups and downs. When a tragedy strikes, Madeline is left to figure out what she really wants from life and how Stewart fits into her plans. Spanning over three years, the book finds its biggest fireworks in the first half, with the rest proceeding like an extended epilogue. Grades 9-12. --Shauna Yusko


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"An elegant and bittersweet story of a teenager who is finding his voice and trying to make meaning in a world he often finds hopeless." —Publishers Weekly

"You can't get out of this novel without loving James... Blake Nelson's novels about smart kids who don't quite fit give a good ride, and leave the reader with plenty to think about." —Newsday

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545107296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545107297
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, OR. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details Magazine.

His first novel GIRL, was serialized in SASSY Magazine and was made into a film starring Dominque Swain, Portia De Rossi and Selma Blaire.

His 2006 novel PARANOID PARK was made into a film by Gus Van Sant.

His newest book THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH (Little Brown) was released in June 2014.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on March 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I won this book from the first-reads program on Goodreads, and I am so happy I did.
I read this book in one afternoon. I just couldn't put it down. It is the story of Madeline, or Maddie, a 16 year old girl who goes to rehab for drinking and a plethora of drugs, as well as anger issues. While there, she falls in love with 19 year old Stewart. She leaves rehab before him, and they promise to meet up afterward. The rest of the story is about her struggle to really connect with Stewart, finish high school, get into college, and face the pressures of everyday life in a world where most teens at least drink.

I definitely don't want to spoil this book at all by saying what happens, but I will tell you what some of my fears were. I was terrified that she would end up right back in rehab or at least back to partying all of the time. I was sure she was going to end up pregnant with Stewart's baby, and Stewart was going to either die or just abandon her. I was sure her friend from rehab, Trish, was going to die (she was too obsessed with wanting people to love her). After her guidance councilor told her there was no way she would get into any kind of good college, I was sure she was going to give up. I was also worried that every character would end up 100% turned around, no bad repercussions from the horrible choices they had made. That last fear was because I know, in reality, life doesn't work that way, so I didn't want the author to make it that way.

I wanted the author to show a person who really wanted to get better and succeeded while still having to deal with the choices she made and not ending up with life absolutely perfect.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I’m surprised at how much I liked this book. It’s not the kind of book I usually enjoy. I’m so unlike the characters in this book, I’ve never even had a drink in my life. But this book was so well written and I could feel what the characters were going through and somehow relate to their struggles. It was a fast paced page turner that I flew through and finished in less than 24 hours.

Due to the subject matter of this book there was language and sex but it wasn’t over done and fit with the struggles the characters were going through. When reading a book dealing with addiction and recovery it was subject matter that needed to be included to tell the story.

While this story wouldn’t be for everyone due to some of the content I would recommend it to parents of teens and teenagers who are involved in the partying scene.

Content: Strong language, sex, alcohol, drugs

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: ARC Tour
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kd Koehler on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I don't think I've ever read a book in a day until this one. I decided to pick it up after enjoying Girl. I actually liked it even more. I'm not a fan of books about addiction. A lot of times I feel frustrated by a character's inability to handle their addiction. They almost are too self-indulgent. However, these characters made me smile and want to read more. Though I've never been a victim of addiction, I saw my teenage self in Maddie. I understood how she felt about high school. I felt serious withdrawal when I had completed the book. I wanted more. A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Maurer on March 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is my second book I have read by Blake Nelson. I have also read They Came From Below which I remember really liking. This book is going up at the top of the list for books read this year. I really liked Madeline. I found myself really rooting for MAdeline in this story. I don't know why, but I was really concerned for her. I wanted to see her make it through her addiction.

This book contains a little bit of everything. I think it nails perfectly the love dynamics of growing up when you feel your heart being tugged in every direction and not quite sure where to go.

Stewart is another character you cannot help but like despite the problems. He is real. I guess that is a the key ingredient to this story. Everyone is real. I was able to see all sides of the characters - the good and bad. I felt like I could remember back to high school and imagine people in my life who fit these roles.

This book has humor. I found myself laughing out loud a couple time over the comments of some of the characters.

This book has real consequences of abusing and using drugs. Not every path leads to a happy ending.

This book has a whole host of one liners that I just loved and wrote down in my notebook of quotes. For example, "Dorks are physically uncoordinated. Geeks have specialized knowledge of complex systems."

I cannot say enough about this book. Read it for yourself. Discover the world of drug abuse. Discover the power of choices and how sometimes staying true to yourself and doing what is right is the hardest thing a person can do. Discover a novel that reminds us that we are in control of our future and it is all about how we view the world.

And yes, I will be reading the other novels by Blake Nelson once I get through all my books in my office.
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