Book Club Friday: Night Road

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This week, I sobbed my way through read this:

 Night Road by Kristin Hannah

This wasn’t my first time at a Kristin Hannah rodeo but MAN, did this one get to me. Once I picked it up, it was impossible to put down. I read it in four hours. At almost four hundred pages, you can see that means it was a really, really good book.

Really, really good and incredibly exhausting. When I wasn’t crying about something touching then I was crying about injustice. But I’m getting ahead of myself, you don’t even know what the book was about yet!

Meet the Farrahdays: Jude, an extremely overprotective mother to teenaged twins Mia and Zach and wife to her husband Miles. By “extremely overprotective,” I mean that she’s obsessed with her kids.

Ob. Sessed.

Mia doesn’t have a lot of friends, which is in direct contrast to her super-popular brother. On the first day of high school, a new girl named Alexa (Lexi) arrives. She's spent most of her childhood going in and out of foster care as her mother was in and out of prison. After her mother's death, Lexi finds herself living with an aunt she never knew she had.

Joyous Cry #1: Lexi finally finds a family.

The first bit of the book showed just how much Lexi had to overcome, which is why I cried approximately twenty thousand times. For reals, people. You NEED tissues for this one. Then the book skips forward to the twins’ and Lexi’s senior year.

And that’s where the real crying began.

The middle section of the book happens during senior year and it's filled with normal things: parties, college applications and the fear of leaving home for the first time. If you’re a smarty-pie, you’ll be able to see the plot “twist” long before it happens. I put “twist” in quotations, though, because the act itself isn’t nearly as important as how the characters deal with the aftermath.

Around page 200, my brain exploded.

Around page 230, it exploded again.

Then I was back to crying.

There’s a little bit of adult-preachiness but, frankly, it’s appropriate. The rotating points of view: Jude, Mia, Zach, and Lexi, delivers a well-rounded story, which is crucial with a heavy plot like this one. As heavy as it was, though, the underlying message is the unbreakable bond of family and how forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting.

And that’s all I’m going to say about this book.

Except that you should read it. Alone. After taking off your mascara.