[Ebook] ➨ Night Road By Kristin Hannah – Golanvideoagency.info
Higher than a 5 from me I couldn t put this down Night road made me feel, think, ask myself questions and want to talk about it Unforgettable and one I will think of often. EhnnnIt s an engaging premise boy girl twins who are inseparable, and the girlfriend of both who complicates their lives But Hannah piles on layers of irritating detail endless descriptions of How the Privileged Live and How the Poor Live in rusty trailers and they work at Wal Mart How critical it is to get into the right college, and how your life is essentially over if you don t have the money to go to a good college a fact that is presented without context as just the way life is Teen age drinking as inevitable Teenage sex as inevitable.Quite obviously, the person readers are supposed to relate to, to feel sorry for, is Jude, the ever hovering Helicopter Mom But nobody in this story feels real, with the possible exception of poor Lexi, who gets punished, big time, for trying to hang out with the advantaged kids Her reward, which comes in the last 4 or 5 pages of the book defies reality It s as if Hannah can t decide how to end a complex, layered plot, so pours on a bottle of emotional syrup Is everybody happy now No Not the reader, who s been jerked around enough.The worst part of the book the place where I start skimming is when a friend visits Jude after a horrible funeral, wearing Juicy Couture sweats Perhaps this is what Hannah and her set does notices who s wearing expensive designer brands, even in the midst of grief Butno thanks. Jude Farraday Is A Happily Married, Stay At Home Mom Who Puts Everyone S Needs Above Her Own Her Twins, Mia And Zach, Are Bright And Happy Teenagers When Lexi Baill Enters Their Lives, No One Is Supportive Than Jude A Former Foster Child With A Dark Past, Lexi Quickly Becomes Mia S Best Friend Then Zach Falls In Love With Lexi And The Three Become Inseparable But Senior Year Of High School Brings Unexpected Dangers And One Night, Jude S Worst Fears Are Confirmed There Is An Accident In An Instant, Her Idyllic Life Is Shattered And Her Close Knit Community Is Torn Apart People And Jude Demand Justice, And When The Finger Of Blame Is Pointed, It Lands Solely On Eighteen Year Old Lexi Baill In A Heartbeat, Their Love For Each Other Will Be Shattered, The Family Broken Lexi Gives Up Everything That Matters To Her The Boy She Loves, Her Place In The Family, The Best Friend She Ever Had While Jude Loses EvenWhen Lexi Returns, Older And Wiser, She Demands A Reckoning Long Buried Feelings Will Rise Again, And Jude Will Finally Have To Face The Woman She Has Become She Must Decide Whether To Remain Broken Or Try To Forgive Both Lexi And Herself Night Road Is A Vivid, Emotionally Complex Novel That Raises Profound Questions About Motherhood, Loss, Identity, And Forgiveness It Is An Exquisite, Heartbreaking Novel That Speaks To Women Everywhere About The Things That Matter Most WARNING READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE READ THIS BOOK Contains spoilers Speechless This book has made me speechless I m repeating myself because that s who exactly I feel this book has pulled my heartstrings I love Zach, Lexi and Grace Obviously At first I definitely have mixed feelings about Jude, like she was the mother who revolved her life around her kids, wanted the best for her children which all parents want but than I hated her for charging charges against Lexi I hated how everyone thought of themselves that time It was always about MIA and it was about her after she DIED, like for god sakes keeping her IMMORTAL in their thoughts when someone dies is one thing, but revolving it around your existence forgetting everyone around them Is too much Poor Lexi That poor girl was blamed for it when it wasn t her FAULT, I mean come on she was the only one who wasn t that drunk My heart felt for Lexi when she had to give her baby away, she carried her baby for nine months only for her to be taken away and than again she was left with the pain and loss of losing everything Once again Mia takes the spotlight Zach had it so hard I wished he fought a little harder though, I know after losing his sister it was very hard for him but he only tried to keep his mother happy when all she did was neglect him One would think that after you lost one child you would keep the other in front of your eyes and shower them with lots of love, she didn t instead she wallowed in her own pain and didn t care for Miles pain, he lost his daughter too, Zach lost his sister too but he is holding it together.Lexi lost her best friend, she has to carry the burden of being the driver, that girl had enough grief in life and she was blamed for her death Jude told her she KILLED her daughter Ughh, I wanted to punch her in the face Can t you see that poor girl heart broken Miles and Eve are the best I loved them both, they were the pillars for Zach and Lexi This story is STUPENDOUS, FANTASTIC AND AMAZING It s really hard to find such emotional books that are written so well and beautifully This book made me think of so many things We are human and we tend to make so many mistakes it takes a lot to own up to them and learn from them I think many times what if Lexi didn t plead guilty would her sentence have been shorten would she have gone to prison Maybe because of the way it went it was because it would have been easier on Lexi to move on, for her to have her happy ending My Verdict 5 PLUS STARS 5 stars don t cover it and 10 doesn t so I believe infinity number of stars since it has no bounds Beautiful, emotive haunting read another masterpiece from KristinThe story begins with Lexi, she has had a traumatic start to life, her mother suffered from mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse and recently passed away Lexi was placed into foster care In 5 years she s lived with multiple families and attended multiple schools Lexi has never felt like she belonged or felt loved, it was so easy for her foster carers to return her like an unwanted gift.Now she is 14 years old, Lexi s Aunt Eva has her taken her in to live with her in Port George Aunt Eva doesn t have much, but she makes her feel wanted and cared for.Lexi starts at her new school and meets Mia, they bond over their love of books Mia and Lexi are inseparable and become best friends Mia lives in a beautiful home and has a loving family her mother, father and twin brother Zach, a very different world to Lexi, an orphan living in a trailer with her aunt in the outskirts of the affluent Pine Island.Senior year is approaching, Mia and Lexi are as close as ever Lexi and Zach Mia s twin brother have fallen in love, all three of them are excited for their future and making plans after college But one night before graduation, something goes horribly wrong that will change the three young lives forever..This book pulls at the old heart strings, at its core is friendship, love, tragedy and learning to forgive It is poignant and heartbreaking, I absolutely loved this book I couldn t put in down and read it in one day This is my 3rd novel from Kristin, after The Nightingale and Winter Garden I give it a solid 5 stars Kristin Hannah killed it again with this book Like the other four books of hers I ve read, it s a deeply emotional character story this time about friendship, love, loss, and family It centers around a high school girl named Lexi, who s been bounced around from one foster home to another thanks to a loser drug addict mom who s concerned with getting high than caring for her daughter Things begin to improve for Lexi when she s taken in by her kindly aunt, and befriends an outcast girl named Mia, but a tragic mistake one night shatters everything It s a little slow and sappy at the beginning, but then it hits a surprise twist and after that it grabs your heartstrings and doesn t let go While it s not at the level of Kristin s book, The Nightingale, it s still a fantastic 5 star read. I almost gave this book one star, but since I at least finished reading it, I figured it had a little merit Overall, I found the characters unrealistic, shallow, and almost caricatures I m not one to speak ill of the dead, but since it s a fictional character I will Mia is an over privileged, over indulged self centered poor little rich girl with no coping skills We find out out deeply into the book that someone called her pizza face in 8th grade so that s why she s frail and needy for the rest of her life She s blond, beautiful and rich with an extremely handsome and popular twin brother, and she has enough acting chops to get into USC, but she s so fragile She doesn t even consider that her twin brother might have different college aspirations, much less other life ambitions She wants USC, so to USC he must go She can t go alone God forbid So too, the other characters are extremely exagerrated versions of good and evil Miles the father is always wise and good The grandmother, Jude s mother, is always cold and harsh Not believable.As for the story itself, you know from the book jacket that there s going to be an accident and you re just waiting to find out who dies Too much of the first half of the book is just very repetitive character portrayals of fragile Mia, strong Lexi, and handsome Zach The second half of the story, from the accident and forward, it moves on, but by then it s built on unbelievable characters, so it lacks the ability to evoke pathos from the reader Curiousity to see how it all comes to closure brings the reader to the end, but not with empathy.Overall, this was a disappointment from Kristen Hannah I have higher hopes for Home Front. WOOOW wow wow I did not expect to love this as much as I did Or become as addicted The story was pretty predictable but so good And so sad It made me cry, it made me smile, it did so many things in between I really loved the characters and loved seeing their growth and change and heartbreak and AH it was just so good y all. OKAY ALL YOU TROLLS COME AND GET ME I know I probably didn t give this enough of a chance Maybe it would have gotten better But the other audiobook I was waiting for came in, so it is without any regret whatsoever that I bid this one adieu.The first thing I noticed about this book was how overwritten it was Way, way too many adjectives Kristin Hannah seems to have graduated the Babysitter s Club school of overdescription and ham fisted characterization You know how in the Babysitter s Club books the author tells you what they were all wearing, because your sixth grade heart is fascinated by their outfits which, of course, offer deep insight into the characters complex personalities Yeah Just like that So of course, the two parents in this book are beautiful with a honeymoonesque marriage and live in a gorgeous house Jude, the mother, loves tending her orderly garden because of the predictability gee, do you think she might be a control freak I dunno maybe I need to be hit over the head just a little with these obvious metaphors Well, no problem conveniently, Jude and her husband get into a discussion right away about Jude s overparenting where Jude s husband decides to list off all the things Jude does for her children on a daily basis Yup, just like the kind of conversation my husband and I have all the time Don t worry, readers, we characters don t know you re there we just feel this compelling need to recount our everyday behaviors in this spontaneous discussion.And then there s Lexie, the teenage foster child who s been traumatized repeatedly and just wants someone to love her She s instantly lovable, of course, no limit testing or risk taking or attitude or other difficult behaviors foster children frequently present with perfectly understandable in the context of what they ve been through, just not so easy to live with But lovable Lexie wouldn t do anything like that, because the reader is meant to have her heartstrings pulled and Lexie s acting difficult might add unwanted complexity Lexie s aging great aunt who recently learned of her existence is similarly lovable and loving oh, sure, she always wanted a child and is immediately prepared to sacrifice everything for Lexie s sake No resentment or even ambivalence at this unexpected disruption of her old age and drain on her finances This may be the fault of the audiobook reader, but the teenager Mia Oh My God I suppose it s not Kristin Hannah s fault that the audiobook reader decided to read all of Mia s lines in a squeaky, ditzy, Minnie Mouse voice but it just emphasized Mia s over the top neediness and insecurity Yow Spare me I could go on I did get further in the book, but I think I ve pretty much given you a taste of why I m stopping This writing style is incredibly off putting to me, and although it s possible the book gets better, I really don t have the patience if there s something with hopefully potential for me to read Kristin Hannah and I are just not meant to be, it seems. This is definitely a book I will be recommending to friends for a long time Surprisingly, I hadn t heard anything about this book until I went to vote on the 2011 Goodreads polls a few months ago This book was nominated for best book of 2011, and the cover instantly stood out to me, and I think it s very beautiful I read the synopsis, and at first was hesitant, because the title, and synopsis seemed to give me the impression that the book would be very predictable Definitely not the case Jude lives in a small town raising her twins Mia and Zack Along with her husband Miles, they seem to live the perfect life in their perfect little community Zach is very popular, but Mia is quite reserved One day at school Mia meets a girl named Lexi when she discovers her reading a book she likes She warns Lexi that being her friend is social suicide, but Lexi doesn t care Lexi was from a from a foster home, and has a dark past, but Jude welcomes her daughter s new friend Eventually she becomes like one of the family, as they all get along so well.When I first started reading I loved the writing style I enjoyed the fact that it changed POV between a teen and a mom I thought that was kind of unique The characters were great Lexi was one of the most wonderfully written characters I have ever read about The way she grows as a person in this book is simply astonishing Jude was another well developed character that I could really relate to as a mom She was over the top at times, in terms of her overbearing methods, but her heart was always in the right place Every character in this story loves completely with all their heart The supporting characters shined as well The relationships between Lexi Jude, Lexi Mia, Lexi Zach, and Zach Mia were very well done.This book has so many twists, and some are so major you wonder if you are still reading the same book Hannah will take your emotions all over the place One minute you will be laughing along with the family, one minute in tears, and another minute feeling angry about things that are going on You will never be bored for a second reading this book, and I actually read it in one sitting, because I just had to know what would happen next.I feel like this book sends lots of great messages about love, loss, forgiveness, acceptance and much ,and I feel she can send her messages in a positive way without ever sounding preachy Night Road is an emotionally complex book, and it s truly unforgettable This is my first book of Hannah s, and I will definitely be checking out of her books I really think this is a book that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike, but I do feel us moms can truly appreciate it the most.