17.2.12

Book Club Friday: Night Road



Bookity, bookity, book club!


YAY!

 



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.







8 comments:

Heather said...

I'm going to wait until I'm no longer hormonal to pick this one up...I cry enough as it is! haha

Leslie said...

This sounds so good!! I will probably cry through the whole thing too though. Thanks for the recommendation

Leslie
www.lesliebrookecoxon.blogspot.com

Wiz said...

I have only read two Kristin Hannah books and I LOVED them. And just like this one, I couldnt put them down and cried...a lot. I have all of hers on my list to read now. I just have to take a break in between.

Lacey said...

LOVED loved loved that book! Even though I was crying through the whole book I just couldn't put it down!

Rachel said...

I'll have to wait until I have time to sit and cry if I'm going to try reading this one! :) Thanks for the "tissue warning"!!

Hope you have a great weekend!

:)
Rachel
http://www.averyfan.blogspot.com/2012/02/book-club-friday.html

Victoria said...

i read this book last year (i love kristin hannah,i have her newest novel on my stack already!) and i really liked it too. definitely a cry-er though :)

happy friday!

Amber @ A little pink in the cornfields said...

This has been on my shelf for over a year now. I really need to read it!! I loved Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah!

Sarah E. said...

One of her other books was a choice for one of my book clubs I participate in. It looked really good. I can appreciate a book that makes you connect enough to cry :)