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Night Road

Night Road

Scritto da Kristin Hannah

Narrato da Kathleen McInerney


Night Road

Scritto da Kristin Hannah

Narrato da Kathleen McInerney

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4/5 (272 valutazioni)
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Pubblicato:
Mar 22, 2011
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9781455801947
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For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices. To hold on…to let go…to forget…to forgive.… Which road will you take?

For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children's needs above her own, and it shows-her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia's best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.

Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm's way. It has always been easy-until senior year of high school tests them all. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time Mia and Zach leave the house, she worries about them.

On a hot summer's night her worst fears are realized. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.

Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

"A rich, multilayered reading experience, and an easy recommendation for book clubs." -Library Journal (starred review)

"You cannot read Night Road and not be affected by the story and the characters. The total impact of the book will stay with you for days to come after it is finished." -The Huffington Post

Pubblicato:
Mar 22, 2011
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9781455801947
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  • (4/5)
    This novel is slow moving. The first part seems to take a long time as the author builds the characters and their relationships. This call comes to fruition in the second half of the novel. It's a good novel thought not a great novel. The best character is Jude, the mother who I alternatly loved, identified with, hated and then loved again.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    I always forget how much I love Kristin Hannah. It's like returning to an old friend. Her books just take you in by the heartstrings and pull until you laugh and cry. You get angry and sad and happy. The way she writes just lets you FEEL what her characters are feelings. It's not trite, it's not contrived, and I love it.
    Night Road takes you on the journey of 18 year olds who are acting like, well 18 year olds, and the choices they make and the consequences those choices yield. I'm not going to spoil anything and there are plenty of summaries of the book, but this is Kristin Hannah at her finest.
  • (4/5)
    I received this book this book for free as an ARC from goodreads. I thought it was very well written and held my interest throughout the whole book. I loved all the characters so much that at about a third of the way through, I had to stop reading for a few days because I didn't want anything to happen to anyone. Once the tragedy struck, I was saddened by how much the mom changed. But I thought it accurately portrayed one way a person could react to loss and guilt. My heart ached for everyone, and by the last few chapters, I was crying over the emotions it brought up. It was a story of a mother's love, and how even the nicest person can change during a tragedy.
  • (3/5)
    Definitely in the vein of Jodi Picoult, but a better framing; instead of choosing to "resolve" an impossible situation by twisting the plot, as Picoult has, Hannah chooses to paint a portrait of what tragedy can do to a family. Not normally the type of book I'd choose to read, but if you like this sort of thing it's fairly well done.
  • (5/5)
    Another beautiful book about what it means to be part of a family, to love unconditionally, and to truly forgive by Kristin Hannah! Her books always stay with me. Heartbreaking and uplifting, this one is no different. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    I have had this book on my TBR shelf for awhile, but it was picked for me as a monthly read and I am so glad that I finally got to it. It was happy, sad, happy, sad all through the story. It is quite an emotional read, so be prepared.

    Jude and Miles live in a small town with their twins Mia and Zack. Jude is the perfect stay at home mom. She knows everything about her children, their friends and their lives. Zach is the popular athlete, Mia is the shy quiet introvert with no friends. On their first day at highschool, Mia meets Lexi. Lexi's story is very different from Mia's. She was raised in foster care due to a drug addicted mother. She finally moves in with a great-aunt, Eva, and has a relatively stable home for the first time in her life. Of course, she is also a loner. When Lexi asks Mia if she can set with her, Mia warns Lexi that being her friend is social suicide, but Lexi doesn't care. Mia brings Lexi home with her and Jude welcomes her as part of the family. Mia, Zach and Lexi become inseparable. Lexi harbours a secret crush on Zach and little does she know, he feels the same way. The story follows their lives through highschool where things begin to change. They start keeping secrets from Jude and eventually tradegy strikes.

    The story is told from various points of view, which makes it very enjoyable. It is nice to see such wonderful relationships between the kids as well as with their parents. Lexi was one of the most wonderfully written characters I have encountered. The way she grows as a person in this book is simply astonishing and very true to life. Jude was another amazing character that I could really relate to. She was over the top at times, in terms of her overbearing methods, but her heart was always in the right place. The mix of emotions that she went through in the story was well developed and again, very true to life. Every character in this story loves completely with all their heart.

    This book has so many twists. This story 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 read it very quickly because once I got started, I did not want to put it down.

    There were so many great messages about love, loss, forgiveness, acceptance and much more, and they were all there without ever sounding preachy. Night Road is an emotionally complex book, and it's truly unforgettable. I have read several books by Kristin Hannah and she does not disappoint.
  • (4/5)
    I don't think there's a book by Kristin Hannah I haven't enjoyed, and "Night Road" was terrific. I liked how the book alternated between Jude and Lexi, and I felt so sorry for Lexi from the start. On the other hand, Jude irritated me throughout the first half of the book (I hate interfering, overprotective mothers}, but in the second half I shared her pain deeply, even though I didn't agree with some of her decisions.Even thought "Night Road" ended predictably, I thoroughly enjoyed the emotional ride it took me on, and following the lives of the various characters as they struggled with their grief before learning to forgive and move forward with their lives.
  • (5/5)
    This book is a very sad and emotional read but an amazing story. The last part of the book had me in tears. I have never cried so hard as when I was reading this book. Hannah being able to evoke such emotions is a sign of her excellent writing skills. If you need a good cry then read this book. Do not read if you are prone to depression.
  • (5/5)
    Why did I wait so long to pick up a book by Kristin Hannah? I have been told for years to read her books, but I just kept putting it off. I decided to try one, and Night Road seemed to be a good place to start as I have seen several people say it was their favorite one from the author. Let me say, I was mad at myself for starting this at night. I did not want to put it down!This book spans a lifetime. You meet our characters when they are young children, learn about them when they are teenagers in high school, and the truthfulness of their adulthood. I never read the synopsis around this, but I expected certain things to happen based on the title. There was also some foreshadowing as you start to read. This did not prepare me for my emotions when what happens happened. I cried so much! It was so sad. There are some other twists and turns along the way to add to the story as well. This did slow down a little for me when our characters become adults. It was still good, but just did not blow me away like the first half of the story. This is an amazing story about love, loss, and grief. It is an even more amazing story about picking up the pieces after tragedy and not giving up.Overall, I loved this though and I look forward to reading more from Kristin Hannah.
  • (4/5)
    Another fantastic book by Ms. Hannah! I couldn't put it down.
  • (5/5)
    The start of this book was a bit cheesy, and a certain lack of characterisation meant I didn't have high hopes for it. Central character Lexi has been dragged from pillar to post in her early life but it doesn't seem to have affected her - she's a nice, normal, well adjusted kid you'd have to say. She moves to a new area to live with her elderly aunt, and befriends Zach and Mia, who are twins, and like her, basically nice. There wasn't a lot of light and shade going on here. On the other hand, a lot of the storyline struck a chord with me as the parent of teenagers, one of whom is learning to drive and goes out to parties and stays out late etc. (Incidentally it did strike me as curious, given that she is living with her impoverished Aunt in a trailer park, that when we pick up Lexi at the age of 18 she has got her driver's license and (presumably) is insured to drive. Does it work differently in the USA as we're going through just that process right now in the UK and it's cripplingly expensive!).All that said, I was wholly unprepared for the way the storyline develops. It goes to places and confronts issues that other books would neatly sidestep. I was shocked. This was gritty, this was unputdownable. To achieve this with what appeared to be cardboard cut-out characters was a triumph. I could not possibly give this any less than five stars.
  • (5/5)
    This definitely pulls at the heartstrings. My best friend was killed in a car accident where the driver had been drinking and just like in the book, charges were presses against the driver. So as I was reading I couldn't help but compare and wonder if the driver had gone through the same emotions and thoughts that Lexi had. And at first I thought Jude was being over dramatic with her grief, but it made me stop and think how I would be in her position and it made me change my view of her rather quickly. This book is one that will stick with me long after I've finished and one I will surely recommend.
  • (3/5)
    A good book about grieving and forgiveness.
  • (3/5)
    This book starts too slowly, but gets better. That said, it was a bit "light" for me....like a made-for-TV movie. I did' however, want to see how it would end.
  • (4/5)
    An interesting premise, and I was interested enough to keep reading, but it all became a little too predictable by the end.
  • (5/5)
    This novel is fantastic! I read it all in one day. It was engaging and completely captivated me until the end.
    It is a story of three teens who become friends and the way life altering decisions warp the future. Lexi is a foster care child who is sent to Western Washington to live with her only known relative after many years in the system. Her great-aunt gives her hope in life and a stable home. She meets Mia and Zach, twins, who become her family after years of being alone. It's a dream come true for Lexi, until one fateful day when one bad decision shatters the world she knows.
    It was heartbreaking, poignant, and beautifully written. This is the first novel I've read by Kristin Hannah but it's so enthralling I will be on the lookout for other stories available.
  • (4/5)
    Tear jerker
  • (3/5)
    Tear jerker
  • (4/5)
    The story, as others have written, does move along but it does seem to be awfully long in terms of getting anywhere. Lexi and Mia sound too perfect and Jude is "the perfect mother" until. I was listening to this rather than reading it but I kept wanting the reader to speed up---get ON with this story. Not sure how Grace, the daughter in the end, will evolve....in another book?
  • (3/5)
    Didnt enjoy this as much as some of her other books. I did like it though. It dragged a bit in the middle for me but the end moved at a much better pace and I was glad I stuck with it. An accident on the way home from a high school party changes the course of lives of all involved as well as their families. The story deals with themes such as forgiveness, atonement, family relationships, and trust.
  • (5/5)
    Night Road by Kristin HannahLexi was finally out of the foster care system as they had found an aunt of the family. She's just starting in high school and Eva gives her a new shirt to wear for the first day of school. No one had ever done that for her.Pine Island on the west coast contained everything the town needed.Lexi met another outsider, Mia and they became best of friends. Mia's twin is Zack and he's the all around American best football player, top of his class.When Lexi and Zack hook up he has lied and left football practice til his parents find out.This story is also about Mia and Zach's parents, Jude and her doctor husband Miles their life, work and love life and what to expect once the children head off to college.Zach was to be the designated driver but hours later they were all drunk and it's past curfew and he drives them home but they crashed.Mystery is who was the one driving so they could blame them for the one that had died. The town wants to make them an example and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law so others won't have to die rather then drinking and driving.After that is another major thing that arises that must be dealt with.
  • (3/5)
    This is the first Kristin Hannah book that I read. It's a captivating story that include teenage love, parent's love, sibling love, drunk driving, death, anger and forgiveness. Some people compare her to Jodi Picoult. Since this is the first book I read by her and I'm not sure if this is one of her better or worse book, my review may not be that reliable. I found that even the main character, Lexie, is a great and lovable character; the rest of them are not quite developed and fell flat. The extreme behavior of the mother was quite unbelievable, as well as her drastic change at the end. Both twins are a little weak in description and character development. The plot is quite predictable and the happy ending ended too abruptly...

    Picoult has the talent of fully developing most if not all of her characters, so they can be recalled vividly by the readers years later. In other words, I enjoyed reading this story, and finished it in a day...but I may not remember what the story is about down the road. According to some reviews..this is not one of her best, so I would definitely love to read her other more popular books, like Firefly Lane and Magic Hour.
  • (4/5)
    I read the first chapter online and liked it. I managed to snag a copy off the "best picks" shelf at Phoenix Library. I am really liking the story even though it's not my normal genre of fiction.

    This was very good, I will definitely read more of Kristin's books.
  • (1/5)
    The writing and description was very vivid, however it was not my cup of tea.

    The first part of the book spent ages warming up and could have been concluded sooner, the second part of the book was just rife with description and not very much really happened.

    All in all, boring, boring, boring.
  • (5/5)
    In this novel, Kristin Hannah tells the story of a family with two teenage twins and a best friend to the twins that is like family. The mother of the twins hopes for her children what every mother does; happiness, success, love...but a tragedy strikes and takes it all away. This is probably my all time favorite book that Hannah has written to date. The pages of the book were wet by the time I was done reading because of the continual number of times it brought me to tears of both sorrow and joy! It's a must read!
  • (4/5)
    My daughter Laurie spoke well of this book and though I had never heard of the author I decided to read it.. The author is a lawyer but apparently spends all her time writing fiction. This is a 'romance novel' but has considerable poignancy and I have to admit that, though much the characters did annoyed, i was caught up by the story of high school life followed by tragedy, with one senior killed and another sent ot prison for vehicular homicide. If high school kids read it would it affect their behavior? One would hope so. It is not too well written and while one could not predict all the twists and turns one can be confident that it will turn out as it does. And surely no one would wish otherwise.
  • (2/5)
    Let me start by saving I LOVE Kristin Hannah's books -- I have not gotten through one without crying (this one either), but I just didn't connect with these characters the way I did with some of her others. Lexi and Mia were the only two that really felt real to me, and I hated Jude. As always, Kristin raises and explores issues worth raising and exploring, and it's beautifully written, like all her others. I think my strong dislike for Jude and failure to connect to Zach kept me from rating it any higher.
  • (3/5)
    As far as plot goes, this one was pretty decent & the kind that will inevitably pull me in, pulling at the heart strings along the way. Teenage twins Mia & Zach befriend the new girl, Lexi, and for a short time, they're living a teenager's dream & everyone is happy. Then tragedy strikes, fallout occurs, and things bounce along back & forth for a while until the more or less happily-ever-after ending. So why didn't I like this more than I did? First of all, it was too dramatic. Or rather, too overly dramatic. Secondly, though the character of Jude (the mother of the twins) should have elicited sympathy from the reader, all I ended up feeling for her was loathing. I nearly gave up about halfway through the book because I almost couldn't take her self-pity. Thirdly, the character of Mia drove me nearly as crazy. She often acted more like 10 years old than the 14-18 years she was portrayed as being in the story. (As a disclaimer, I do think that listening to this on audio may have contributed somewhat to my feelings concerning Mia, although not entirely.) I often got the feeling, while reading, that Kristin Hannah may not have a realistic grip on teenagers in this day and age. Some aspects were accurate enough, but in other ways I think she might need a reality check. I wanted to like this book more than I did, because I really did think the key elements of a good story were there. But for me, the execution was just off. I still have quite a few other Kristin Hannah books on my stack, and this novel wasn't enough to put me off of her just yet (I've read one other that was decent enough).
  • (5/5)
    "One of her best books yet! A must read! " Great author!!!