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Recovery Road

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  2,027 Ratings  ·  340 Reviews
Madeline is sent away to Spring Meadows rehab for drinking and rage. At the weekly movie night in town, she meets Stewart, from another rehab nearby. They fall for each other despite the crazy time. Madeline gets out and starts to regain her feet. But when Stewart joins her, both still are severely troubled, and he is getting worse.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Andrea It will now be released on Jan. 25 2016 on Freeform, formerly ABC Family. You can watch the pilot on IMDB

It will now be released on Jan. 25 2016 on Freeform, formerly ABC Family. You can watch the pilot on IMDB

IMDB says Saturday Aug. 15. 2015. You can view the cast there too

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You may probably know that I have a really difficult and troubled relationship with tv shows.
After this, you're certainly asking yourself how this statement can have something to do with this book, but hold on, everything is gonna be explained, at last.
I've basically watched the 95% of the shows now on air or that have already ended and, at some point, I dropped them all. There are certain issues that brought me to that decision: either subtle or evident racism, perpetuated misogyny, women getti
Jun 29, 2011 Marj rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"He holds me. I am his in a way he probably isn't even aware of. Boys shouldn't know what power they have. They would panic probably or just mess things up. But boys are who you give yourself to. Not your parents or your teachers or your "future". You give yourself to a boy. And then you go for long walks at night and think about them and wonder what they will do to you in the end." (p.106)

A very moving heart-wrenching story of first love between two recovering teenage alcoholics. Well worth rea
Aug 03, 2010 Alexa rated it liked it
Recommended to Alexa by: Goodreads First Reads winner

My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and anger issues. The story takes place over the course of about three to four years, and through the book we get glimpses of how she is dealing with her issues and what she is doing to improve her life. Recovery is not always easy though, and we see that with Madeline and with the people she befriends at the rehab in Spring Meadows.

From the cover and
May 17, 2011 Angela rated it liked it
Semi-realistic portrayal of young addiction, 3.5 stars

In Blake Nelson's RECOVERY ROAD, Maddie finds herself in rehab after one too many drug and alcohol-fueled binges. Even though she feels like a teenage outcast, she befriends Trish, another recovering young addict, and Stewart, a beautiful boy with problems of his own. After her romance with Stewart blossoms, Maddie leaves rehab and returns to her old life, her old school, and old temptations. Maddie and Stewart must learn to navigate their re
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 29, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-fiction
Madeline, or Mad Dog Maddie, has landed herself to rehab. After getting arrested, stealing a car, sleeping with a drug dealer, years of drug abuse, and one heck of a temper, she is placed in a drug rehabilitation program to gain control over her life. After spending twenty-eight days in a hospital facility, she has to live in a sober-living home where she is shacked up with women twice her age and holds down a job at the laundry facility. Although she managed to make friends with a girl named Tr ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Kyle rated it really liked it
This was my first Blake Nelson book and I am looking forward to read more of his after reading Recovery Road. It was my final book of 2012 and I read it really quickly, not because I needed it for my 100th book (although I did), but because it was a great and compulsively readable book. I loved it!

This was not a happy book, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of it at all. It starts with Maddie in rehab, obviously not a great place, and leads to her meeting Stewart, whom I did not find that amaz
Jun 23, 2014 Clarabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Alors on vous dit, ce roman parle de drogue, d'alcool, de violence, de mort, d'amour désabusé... et là vous êtes en droit de faire la moue, euh non merci. Mais quelle erreur... quelle erreur ! Ce serait vous priver d'un roman franchement bouleversant, avec une romance pas banale mais tellement touchante, et une héroïne hors du commun, douée d'un humour sarcastique qui fait mouche. En bref, un coup de cœur !
Carli Entin
Mar 03, 2011 Carli Entin rated it it was ok
I found this in the free pile at work; I was looking for something to read on the train home.

Recovery Road is a quick read with characters you want to root for. It's easy to understand why so many adults read YA novels; no matter what their mistakes, people in these books have time in their life to change and grow, and it's a great escape to feel that type of freedom vicariously.
Feb 15, 2016 Kelsey added it
Much different from the TV show so far...very little of the book actually takes place in rehab. I think it's one of those situations where the book is way better than the TV show, but it may be like Pretty Little Liars, where each follow different plots and end up really great.
The book is mainly about the aftermath, as Maddie copes with returning to high school, turning her life around, and trying to figure out what to do with Stewart, the boy she met in rehab. I was very angry about the ending
Jul 01, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it
Blake Nelson nails the voice of a16 year old emotionally anxious recoverind addict GIRL. And side characters - the addict boy, others in the rehab, others in her school, confused parents. This novel felt so REAL, similar to Nelson's Rock Star Superstar. Simply, one of my favorite YA authors.

I marked the line "My brain feels relieved to have something neutral to think about." (when Maddie tries to start studying.) She finds she can concentrate on schoolwork because it makes the rest of her brain
Abby Johnson
Sep 06, 2010 Abby Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged
Maddie meets Stewart in rehab and they fall in love. But love's never as easy as that and especially not when you're in rehab. Recovery Road is about finding the right guy at the wrong time and Maddie's struggle to find her own way home. Maddie's voice was searingly real and I felt like she was sitting down and telling me the whole story. The book's got funny moments that made me laugh out loud and it also broke my heart. Highly recommended.
Jun 11, 2016 Violet rated it did not like it
This book was so bad I couldn't even finish it. That is a very rare thing for me. Just stick to the TV show and make your own ending/hope it gets renewed someday.
Harley Graham
Mar 14, 2017 Harley Graham rated it it was amazing
Personal response: I liked the book Recovery Road by Blake Nelson, because it showed me the negative effects of drugs on a persons life. I thought it was a good book because the main character was around my age so it was easier to put myself in her position to make the book more relatable to myself. I don't understand why, but the book is split into many parts with many chapters. I thought this was different, but an interesting style choice for writing.
Plot: The plot of this book is a girl getti
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
12 October 2010 RECOVERY ROAD by Blake Nelson, Scholastic Press, March 2011, 320p., ISBN: 978-0-545-10729-7

"So much time to make up
Everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way"
-Graham Nash

"I'm trying to brush my teeth but I can't find my toothpaste.
"It's 9:30 in the morning. I'm standing in the bathroom, in my bathrobe and underwear. I've completed my twenty-eight days in the main building, and now I'm in my second week at my halfway house.
"Which sucks. But it would at least be tolerable i
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Feb 03, 2011 Melissa (i swim for oceans) rated it really liked it
Recovery Road is the story of two teens, Madeline and Stewart, both with blemished pasts and a brand new opportunity for a fresh start from rehab. At the lowest point in their lives, Madeline and Stewart fall for one another, giving them a sense of togetherness in a void of confusion, but when they’re released, reality strikes back. When Madeline is released, she’s determined to get her life back together, and she’s excited for Stewart to join her in healing after rehab, but when he’s released, ...more
May 06, 2015 Zaza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
*** 3.5 ***

En dépit d'une couverture trompeuse (Maddie n'est pas accro aux médocs), ce roman YA traite bien d'une addiction, celle de Maddie en particulier, et plus globalement, celle des jeunes, et les comportements à risque que cela entraîne.

Le roman est écrit à la 1ère personne, c'est Maddie, 17 ans dans 3 semaines, qui raconte sa désintox, qui nous livre ses pensées. D'un bout à l'autre du livre on la voit se relever, trébucher, se relever encore, reprendre espoir, faire des projets et aller
Oct 07, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it
A young teenage girl in highshcool named Madeline, has a dinking problem. As her parents find out about her acholo use, they send her to a rehab called Spring Medows. At the rehab Madeline becomes friends with a teenageer named Trish, and every Friday night the rehab has a movie night where they would go to a movie theater and watch a movie. When Trish leaves from the rehab Madeline meets a guy at the Spring Medows movie night named Stewart. The two, Madeline and Stewart, build a strong relatio ...more
Ayanna Johnson
Mar 06, 2014 Ayanna Johnson rated it really liked it
The book Recovery Road by Blake Nelson is about a girl named Maddie who went to rehabilation. While she is in rehab, she meets a bot who she eventually falls in love with. Throughout the book, you will learn what Maddie goes through in rehab and when she gets out. You will also find out if her relationship with the love of her life works out. This book is very realistic to me. It shows you that anyones's life can happen in the same way Maddie's life did. Like in Maddie's life, people can go thro ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Ariana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults
I was interested in reading this book because i found out it was a show and wanted to read the book then watch the show to compare. Ive read many reviews on this book many people were saying the book and the show were completely different and the show was way better. Which in many cases its always the book. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and thoughts so i gave the book a try. Took me 3 days to read and for some reason i fell in love with this book. The main character maddie reminds m ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Zoey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-in-2016
*4.5 stars
This has been on my tbr list for a few years. I watched the tv show when it came out and I really liked it (the cast is amazing!) So, I decided to pick the book up. At first, I was not a fan. It's super different from the show, which is to be expected, but at the beginning, Maddie is whiney and annoying and exactly the character I cringe at. As the book progresses, I really started enjoying it, started liking the characters and Maddie grew on me. The story was not as predictable as I w
Aug 05, 2014 Ali rated it did not like it
Ugh, this book was just plain awful. I think maybe the author was going for a juvenile point of view on this, but it came out all wrong. For someone who's going to be 17 and who has all this life experience of hard core drugs and drinking, she acts very childish and it came off very unrealistic and very hard to get through. I only got about 1/4th of the way through and read the last couple chapters and I don't think I missed anything. I think the plot line and the general idea of the book was gr ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Mallory rated it it was ok
I got really weird vibes from this book. I had no idea what the main character even looked like, or even much about her at all. I wasn't a huge fan of Nelson's writing style, either, and found it to be bland and even boring at some points.

The ending, however, was actually quite refreshing and not as unsatisfying as some others have said. I was happy to have a more realistic ending, rather than a fairy-tale one (most addicts will relapse at some point), and it was nice to have that realistic fact
Natalie Casper
Apr 14, 2015 Natalie Casper rated it liked it
This is such a fast read. I honestly didn't think I was going to like this book, so I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn't figure out where the author was taking the main character, and I think that's why I was able to fly through the book in an evening. Was she going to relapse? Was she going to let Stewart ruin her life? I was always expecting Maddie to make the wrong decision. Time moves very quickly in the book and I think there's a bit of an emotional disconnect with the characters because ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, drugs, northwest
Finally a book that gets the sense of place right! Normally I get frustrated reading a novel that takes place in a city I know well because they over describe, using too many street names and place names (I'm looking at you Big Girl Small!), but Blake Nelson easy sets Recovery Road in and around Portland without shoving it down your throat. I liked the difficult but hopeful story of Maddie, but like others didn't really feel her struggle as much as I thought I should.
Sep 28, 2010 Tasha added it
Shelves: teen
Nelson has captured the intriguing mix of boredom and intensity of rehab. He explores addiction and recovery with an unflinching honesty that forces readers to see the reality of the situation.

Check out the rest of my review at Waking Brain Cells.
Jan 15, 2016 Colleen rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 2 days. Super quick read. Super short chapters that help you fly thru the book. Excellent look into the struggles that people face with dealing with addictions and getting sober. I didn't realize how bad it gets and so fast for teenagers. Maddie was an awesome main character and I felt bad for Stewart and the demons he faced on his own. Great book!
Jun 27, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Blake Nelson, one of the most brilliant authors of our time. This book starts with our main character in rehab, shows the long struggle of staying sober and what happens to friends who fail. Not only did this novel make me cry for the characters, but for all the lost boys and girls of the Pacific Northwest.
May 23, 2016 Tabby rated it really liked it
i thought this book was really good. I liked how it went over a very long period of time and showed the course of recovering from addiction, and that it is something people dont just get fixed from and have to struggle with for the rest of their lives. ...more
C.I. DeMann
Mar 26, 2014 C.I. DeMann rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Blake Nelson is just so damn good. I think he could write about anything and I'd enjoy it, but when he tackles a tough subject like addiction, it's especially remarkable. Highly highly recommended.
Sep 29, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Excellent read. There are a lot of YA novels where I don't believe the transformation (or the coming-of-age). I just feel like the author tells of it, and I accept it. I believed Maddie's though, and I'm happy for her.
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Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, Oregon. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details Magazine.

His first novel GIRL was originally serialized in SASSY magazine and was made into a film staring Selma Blaire and Portia De Rossi.

His novel PARANOID PARK won the prestigious International Grinzane Literary Award and was made into a film by Gus Van Sant.

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