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Night Road

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  56,819 Ratings  ·  5,905 Reviews
Why do we always hurt those we love the most?

Lexi and Mia are inseparable from the moment they start high school. Different in so many ways -- Lexi is an orphan and lives with her aunt on a trailer park, while Mia is a golden girl blessed with a loving family, and a beautiful home. Yet they recognize something in each other which sets them apart from the crowd, and Mia com
Paperback, 385 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Pan Books (first published 2011)
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Sep 28, 2015 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!! Holy wow, after finishing this book, it feels like I’ve just been through some kind of emotional marathon. My heart is racing. I feel out of breath. There are tears in my eyes. AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!!

Reading Night Road was a bit of a departure from my usual choice in books because, for the most part, I’m a hard-core romance reader. Kristin Hannah however, writes deeply emotional fiction novels that are more widely focused on all kinds of
Megs ♥
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.

Trisha • Devoured Words

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 hat

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'
Apr 20, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

It'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
Aug 25, 2016 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 25, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in Washington State, like most of Kristin Hannah's books are. It starts with the story of Lexi Baill who is a perpetual foster child who has finally found her 'forever home' with an elderly aunt. Thanks to the help of her social worker she is enrolled in a prestigious (and wealthy) communities high school and befriends Mia who is a social outcast compared to her popular, jock brother. For several years everything is wonderful for them until a sudden tragedy changes the course of ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lexi Baill moves to Washington to live with her aunt after the death of her mother, she doesn't have any unrealistic dreams of finding acceptance and a loving home. Lexi has lived her life in and out of foster homes based on the ability of her drug addict mother to properly care for her between prison sentences and stints in rehab facilities. On her first day of school in Washington, Lexi meets Mia Farraday, a rich girl who is also a social outcast. Over the next four years, Lexi and Mia ar ...more
May 26, 2015 Arah-Lynda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
I wasn’t going to write a review for this one and then I found my self here, so here goes.

It would be easy to say this is a coming of age story but it really is much, more than that. Yes we have our teenage angst but we also have their parents and all the possibilities of life and how, these things that are possible, these choices we make, how it can all affect us, each and every one.

I found the first quarter of this story to be slow and I had a difficult time relating to The Farraday's as a fa
Feb 15, 2012 Regina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 04, 2011 Nomes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, guilty-pleasure
3.5 stars

Night Road has many elements that attracted me:

girl best friends, one girl in love with the others (forbidden) twin brother

a fateful tragic summer evening

idyllic childhoods, promises and broken hearts

the whole leaving childhood behind thing

watching devastating consequences play out...

People on the island still talk about what happened in the summer of '04. They sit on bar stools and in porch swings and spout opinions, half-truths, making judgements that aren't theirs to make. They thin
Emma Scott
Aug 11, 2016 Emma Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the last few pages through tears (as I did with the Nightingale). As a mother, this book was almost impossible to read at times, but well worth it. There is a simplicity to this author's writing that makes her novels eminently readable, but the emotions are so real and complex. She doesn't waste a single keystroke, but only gives exactly the truth within her characters' words and actions. And so while her prose is easy to read, it's also extremely powerful.

5 stars. I'm a fan for life.
Night Road is the first book I have read by author Kristin Hannah. This was an intense book! Up until the fifty percent mark, it appeared to be a coming of age story of sorts. But at that point, everything in these characters' lives went to hell. After one incident of poor judgment, the lives of all the characters involved are changed forever. This story is painfully real. All of the consequences portrayed in this book are heartbreakingly preventable and knowing this added to the tears I persona ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
The premise of this book is straightforward: long-time foster child Lexi, daughter of a drug addict, moves to the Seattle area to live with her great-aunt. There, she befriends Mia, the shy, socially awkward twin sister of Zach, the most popular boy in school. Jude, Mia's and Zach's mother, is overjoyed that Mia has finally found a friend, and adopts Lexi as part of the family. Everything blows up about 1/3 of the way through the book, when Lexi and Zach finally admit their feelings for one anot ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audio and once again I have to say that I think that my experience of the book was enhanced because of this. The narrator (Kathleen McInerney) was brilliant, and I never felt like like I was listening to someone reading the story. Although the story has quite a few cliches and at times felt a bit teenagey for me, I felt for all the characters, especially Jude. I didn't understand or agree with all her actions, but then I've never been in her situation. I normally only liste ...more
May 14, 2013 Dem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Road by Kristin Hannah is one of those books that just keeps coming up on book club reads. Having now read it I have to say you cannot read Night Road and not be emotionally affected by the story and the characters.

This is a novel which is without doubt a page turner and by the first 50 pages I was totally drawn in by the story and the characters and I was interest and connected to the story.
Being a mother I could certainly identify with the worries a parent has when a child enters teenage
Sep 24, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
I absolutely loved this book. This was a very emotional and touching story.

Fourteen year old Lexi Baill has had a traumatic childhood. After her mother died of a drug overdose she was placed into foster care. In the past five years Lexi has been in and out of seven different foster homes and been to six different schools in the same amount of time.
Then Lexi's aunt Eva turns up and and she goes and lives with her. Aunt Eva does all she can for Lexi making sure she is looked after and cared for. L
V Nerd
How far would you go to protect one of your children?

This is the question in this heartbreaking book.

Jude has it all, a perfect family, a perfect house, a perfect life.
Her kids are popular at school (well one of them, the other pretends she is) and everything is rosy.

Jude is the perfect mother to twins Zach and Mia and they love her for it, everything she does is for them.

Mia is unhappy though, she doesn't fit in at school and has no friends, that is until one day, a girl called Lexi sits next
Apr 10, 2011 thewanderingjew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mia and Lexi are best friends. Both girls are insecure. One comes from a charmed background and one from a background of neglect and poverty; a mother who was a druggie and an absent, unknown father. Mia has a twin brother. They are exceptionally close with the bond that only twins can share. This is their story.
It begins on the first day of a new High School for Lexi Baill. On that fateful day, she catches the eye of Zach Farraday, the future prom king, and befriends his opposite in social stat
This is not a genre that normally appeals to me. I won a set of these books for my book club so I read it. I have children who were in high school more or less at the same time the story took place, we live in Washington where the story is set, and the book jacket makes the story line sound interesting, so I start with the idea that the story will resonate with me.

I did read the whole book, every word of it. This book is akin to an after-school TV special: I could almost hear the music swelling
Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
This book is all steak, but no sizzle. I missed the sizzle.

I read this book, start to finish, in one day. It was the type of story that a reader will undoubtably find hard to put simply **need** to know what happens next. So, for the that reason alone, this book is a consumable read, and it won 4 stars. But, if it was worthy of an entire day's focus, why not 5? Here is why..

Good books, really, really good books make you *feel* for the characters. You fall in love with them, and that
Dec 29, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've read a book that made me teary, or a book I couldn't put down. The author does an amazing job of pulling the heartstrings of the reader. I think she takes the neurotic personality of the
mother, Jude, a bit too far. I wanted to slap Jude over the head a few times. Several of the other characters left a lot to be desired. Mia and Zach are twins. Zach is the leader of the two, with Mia trailing behind as the weaker of the two. Mia is portrayed as a somewhat childis
Mar 03, 2013 ALPHAreader rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lexi Baill arrives in Washington State to live with her aunt, Eva Lange, in 2000. Lexi has been bounced around many foster homes throughout her childhood, and spent some sporadic years living with her drug-addict mother in between. But now Lexi has found a home and stability with her aunt Eva, living in a little yellow trailer in Port George, Washington.

Jude Farraday is mother to twins Zach and Mia – polar opposites and partners in crime. Mia is shy and reclusive, while Zach is popular and outg
Katie Sheets
May 03, 2013 Katie Sheets rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Kristen Hannah fan. I love all of her books. This one was no exception. I loved this book more than any other book she has written so far. I love a book where I can lose myself in it for a few hours. I love a book where I can laugh and cry and feel all the emotions. This book did just that. I was scared, I was sad, I was happy. I was even sobbing so hard I was gasping. Truly an amazing book and touching story.
Sep 14, 2013 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, audio
Every once in a while you will find a book that touches you so deeply that it feels like it has become part of you. For me, Night Road was one of those books. I finished reading (listening) yesterday, and have not been able to stop thinking about it since. I thought maybe if I wrote my thoughts down I would be able to put it behind me and move on with my life. Here's hoping.

First off, this was my first Kristin Hannah book. If all of her books are like Night Road, I am going to be reading them a
Apr 17, 2013 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bocd
Listened to on CD by narrator Kathleen McInerney. Wow, was her Mia voice annoying!!

This book was melodramatic and agonizing. Too many adjectives, too many similes, too many phrases like "the egg yolk of a sun." It's the sun. Just say the sun. I swear, the book would be half the length if you cut out all the adjectives. The grandmother is described as moving through the garden "with the bearing of an ice pick." ??? What is that supposed to mean?

There was a lot of telling instead of showing, and
Sonja Arlow
This is not a book I would have chosen to read out of my own volition and had the audio not been given to me I would probably never have felt the urge to explore this.

The first half was painful to get through. The storyline was just too predictable and the characters too cliché for me. But audio books allow for a LOT of leniency I would never tolerate if I had read the book.

I think the audio narration was done very well, except perhaps for Mia with her squeaky needy little voice.

I am not crit
** 5 very emotional and beautiful stars **
Lisa Nocita
Night Road is a page turner and emotionally manipulative. In other words, good chick lit. It will reverberate with its themes of friendship, motherhood, and eternal romantic love. Lexi and Mia meet on the first day of high school and instantly become best friends. Two outsiders with so much to offer. Mia has a twin brother who happens to be gorgeous, confident, and popular. Mia has lived in his shadow always and depends on Zach to navigate the world for her. There's an instant and palpable conne ...more
Feb 06, 2012 McKenzie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I knew as soon as I saw the cover that this was going to be classic chick-lit (I should mention that I'm reading this for my book club, not of my own volition), and I was pretty much right. One-dimensional characters, predictable plot twists, inane dialogue, atrocious metaphors and imagery, and emotionally manipulate to the point where I wondered if the author was hoping this will get made into a Lifetime movie. It hurts my soul to compare this to a literary novel about grief and loss (I recentl ...more
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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