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Road to Nowhere

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  2,144 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
A Dark And Stormy Night.

Teresa Chafey is running away from home. Driving north along the California coast, she picks up two mysterious hitchhikers: Poppy Corn and Freedom Jack. Together the three of them tell stories: Teresa of her devastating relationship with her boyfriend, Poppy of a sad young woman she once knew, and Freedom of a talented young man with a violent tempe
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Mass Market Paperback, 212 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Archway Paperbacks
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Angie
October isn't complete without a nostalgic read by Christopher Pike!!
Enjoyable but typical Pike book. Spooky with a moral twist. It isn't one I'd read before, and Won't be one of my favorites of his. But definitely liked it. I still like to occasionally read his books that were so important to me in my early teens
Tahni
Back in the day this was one of my favorite Christopher Pike novels, so I reread it as part of my book-culling project, and while parts of it held up to what I remember, other parts fell flat and felt clumsy.

I agree with anothe reviewer who said that the primary saving grace of the story is the story-within-a-story of John and Candy. *That* was interesting, thought provoking, and kept me going, and I did really enjoy the style in which it was told, alternating between two different perspectives.
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Claire
Jun 28, 2008 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone and their mom
Recommended to Claire by: jesus
I read this when I was 13. That following Christmas, my parents surprised me with a tower of his books. I still read this book every so often. Oh that's right, there I said it.
Kia
Feb 10, 2012 Kia rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was about 11. And I remember telling my dad as he was driving me to school one morning that I liked Christopher Pike books because they were profound. He really made me think about things. At that time I had never read any books with the subject matter that some of his books contained. They had life, death, and religion. What I remember most about the YA horror/suspense/supernatural books at the time were that they were the slasher type where kids got together and got kil ...more
Paul Hamilton
Oct 26, 2011 Paul Hamilton rated it it was ok
Recommended to Paul by: Nikki
Shelves: novel, horror, young-adult
It's a little difficult for me to judge Christopher Pike's young adult suspense novels. I read them occasionally because my wife grew up with them, loved them, continually re-reads them for comfort and I like to have a frame of reference for an important part of her formative years. Some of them have been decent to good, but a few that I've started and never finished have read a bit too much like low-budget after-school specials crossed with The Outer Limits.

Road to Nowhere is the story of Teres
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Anna
I probably shouldn't have read this book after the last one of Pike's I've read, but I got these books for free and I was hoping that this one might be different.

Well, I was wrong.

Again, the cover of the book is all wrong. It screams horror and mystery. Certainly, this story was more of a thriller than "The Midnight Club," but honestly, it was so terrible that I couldn't even place it in that genre. The twist did not make my jaw drop; rather, I was amazed at the amount of plot devices present an
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Kristal
Teresa Chafey has run away from home. She has discovered that her boyfriend and best friend like each other and it has really pushed her over the edge. With her parents already gone for the weekend, it seems like such an easy thing to do, leave home, get in the car, and head off to another place. Not long after getting on the road, she sees a young couple standing on the side of the road, in the rain, so she stops and picks them up. It turns out that the couple is full of interesting stories and ...more
Shirley
Jun 23, 2009 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We have a number of Christopher Pike novels in our junior high school library. A student who is an avid reader mentioned that he was really surprised that these books are on our shelves. I checked all of them out to read over the summer.
The plot in Road to Nowhere contains sex, drugs, and some mild profanity. Though the plot seems predictable through most of the book, the conclusion has some great twists and turns that were entirely unexpected. The book combines suspense, mystery, and teen ro
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Karol
Mar 26, 2016 Karol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I think the events were entertaining, and the fact that something kept nagging at me from the back of my brain that something was off. This all unfolded quite interesting. I really like how the book was written, as it made me feel as I were in a trance, reading this book and clinging to every work. Very few writers succeed in doing that to. The ending left me wanting a second book, but I still like how I could imagine the ending. It lets me fulfill my unrealistic dream tha ...more
dawna
Mar 06, 2011 dawna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm re-reading this as part of my 90s nostalgia week. I am happy to report that I still rather enjoy this one (whisper of death was my other fav which I dont much care for now (cf my review earlier this week). it's certainly predictable and a little depthless but it's YA, very few authors can pull that off with such grace that it's truly ageless (the giver is one such example).
Michaela Hayes
Oct 19, 2009 Michaela Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it has such an amazing twist at the end! those who are reading this book it may go slow, but towards the end it gets absolutly wonderful!
Hessa AlAtawi
This story reminded me of "The Others". It is well-written. Life seemed normal to the run-away teenager. Yet, the reader can sense that there's something fishy somewhere. It was not until I finish chapter 12 that things started to fall into the right places to me & I hated that. I don't like to predict what is coming & know for sure that it is exactly what had happened
Jemma
Jan 01, 2012 Jemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

'Road to Nowhere' is one of the books I kept from my teenage years. I was a massive fan of Christopher Pike, and I suppose I didn't want to let go of the nostalgic feelings. Well, now that I have read this book again, I'm ready to let it go. I can't remember reading it the first time around, but I can remember that it is not one of the better ones. Last year I read 'Witch' and it was much better.

This book tells the story of Teresa Chafey, driving away from her ruined life, when she sees two hitc
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Anidict13 IsTheName
Mar 27, 2013 Anidict13 IsTheName rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anidict13 by: July Pil, Miss Harry
I like it. Not in a AHHHHHH!!! I'M SO SCARED SHITLESS!!! kind of way, but in a "Woah... what just happened? That was disturbing..." kind of way.. You know, when you think about it over and over and you can't get it out of your mind, and all the while you feel tingles and goosebumps running down on your arms?? That kind of feeling that you freak out because of it...?

Well,that's what I felt anyway. I'm not really a fan of horror genres or paranormal stuff, because, frankly? I don't like getting sc
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Noha El-Shami
خيال مريض لكاتب أمريكي نيويوركي المولد لوس أنجلوسي النشأة هو ملخص ما قرأته في رواية أكثر ما لفت فيها انتباهي عنوانها وصورة غلافها

تهرب البطلة (تحت سن الـ 18 عام) في ليلة مطيره من بيتهم جراء تجربة مؤلمة تنتهي باعترافات ليلية من حبيبها الأوَّلي بتفضيله صديقتها الأنتيم عليها، لتلتقط في طريقها شاب وفتاة يعملان ساحرا ومساعدته في إحدي الكازينوهات (هكذا يخبراها) لتبدأ المغامرة المثيرة في بدايتها، المملة في أوسطها، غير المفهومة في نهايتها

تقود البطلة السيارة لمسافة طويلة يقترح خلالها الساحر الشاب أن يلعبا
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Usually Pike's tempting words whirl me up into a state of orgasmic reading bliss, but here the release didn't match the build up. The traditional Pike strengths are here in their usual trimmings - strong characters, a bizarre and twisted story, a strange ending - but the pizazz existing in some of his other works is watered down.

For one thing the pace wasn't as strong. It's not a slow book by a stretch, and there's a scene or two in there that's mystifying, but the road to nowhere left me on the
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Usually Pike's tempting words whirl me up into a state of orgasmic reading bliss, but here the release didn't match the build up. The traditional Pike strengths are here in their usual trimmings - strong characters, a bizarre and twisted story, a strange ending - but the pizazz existing in some of his other works is watered down.

For one thing the pace wasn't as strong. It's not a slow book by a stretch, and there's a scene or two in there that's mystifying, but the road to nowhere left me on the
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Cristi-Lael
Apr 23, 2015 Cristi-Lael rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Like many of the folks who have left reviews here, I was in love with Pike's book when I was a wayward teen. A recent discussion with friends brought up the memory of spending hours sitting in my room reading his books. So, I thought I'd pick one up at the library and see if I'd just romanticized the memory of them.
Road to Nowhere is one of the ones I read nearly 25 years ago, though I didn't remember much more than the cover when I restarted the book recently. However, it didn't take too long
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PurplyCookie
When Teresa discovers that her boyfriend Bill has dumped her in favor of her best friend, she jumps into her car and takes off into the night. On the road, the girl picks up two strange hitchhikers: the sexy magician Freedom Jack and his dour, chain-smoking companion, Poppy Corn.

As the road stretches out before them, they have no need for "canned entertainment" as Freedom Jack puts it, they can tell stories to each other. He begins to weave the tale of Candy and John, as Poppy Corn sits in back
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Filthy Little
Apr 14, 2013 Filthy Little rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ms-read
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Jill
May 09, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the summer my mom and I hit a few garage sales. I was eager to find something that would possibly entice my 13 yr. old nephew to get into reading and I remembered these books from when I was his age and how much I loved reading them. So, back to the garage sale. It was a very large Church garage sale and, to my surprise, I found stacks and stacks of these books. I had a hard time finding them anyplace other than ebay so I grabbed a whole bunch. And as much as I wanted my nephew to try them, ...more
Felicia
Apr 07, 2010 Felicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-horror
When I was a pre-teen, I was hugely into these trashy teen horror novels. I am not even going to bother adding them all to my list because they all start to run together. Just know that if it is trashy and teen horror, I have probably read it. Of course, what teen hasn't read some Christopher Pike at one point or another and felt like they were getting away with something? My reviews on all of these are based upon how well I liked it at the time, otherwise I am sure the majority would be rated f ...more
Aimee
Aug 16, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, although i feel like a dork (which i am) when i read these teen books. But i used to love them so much, i go back every now and then and find some of my old favorites.

What i did not like about this book was its predictability. I had it figured out, except for a few minor adjustments, pretty much to a tee from the beginning. Also, Teresa is a songwriter. I see why Christopher Pike writes books and not songs from this book. There are around 4 full songs with lyrics in th
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Marna
Feb 08, 2017 Marna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sabrina
Feb 01, 2013 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!!!!
What can i say about this book? Another amazing Christopher Pike book. This book is suspensful and leaves you wanting more. Some stuff was predicatable but it was still so so so so so good!!
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I love how she was almost dead the whole book, and Free and Poppy where the characters from their story, Candy and John. I wished she did kill her ex and friend, but he did save her at the end. I also loved how she ends up meeting Candy's son when she is awake and alive at the hospital really cute, b
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Fin Zy
Aug 14, 2012 Fin Zy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book by Christopher Pike that still stays and have a small impact in my mind, from my teen years until my adulthood (I still remember Christopher Pike by this book whenever people mentioned him). I believed that if I re-read this book, I might have second thoughts as it might not be a good book like other current bestsellers, however I prefer the story of Freedom Jack (John) and Poppy Corn (Candy) to stay like it is in my teenage memories. John and Candy's stories, to me, are the rea ...more
Mehreen
Oct 17, 2013 Mehreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is another of my guilty pleasures. I read this when I was 14. The idea to just pack and leave was quite a charming escape. It seemed very appealing. This story is about Teresa who is running away from home because there is no one who she can go back to. On the road she meets two strangers and a journey unfolds that might just save her life later on.

I loved the theme of this story: that life is worth fighting for. Always. Life is worth living for.

One of Christopher's best books.
Amber
Aug 21, 2014 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure this was the book that made me stop reading Christopher Pike books. When I first found him, I LOVED everything I read. I devoured his books one by one, I couldn't get enough. But as the years went by, they started getting more and more strange. At first I could overlook some of the elements of the stories, but when I got to this one it was just TOO much. Too weird, a little too disturbing, and no real conclusion. I just didn't like this one and it turned me off to his books compl ...more
Leah
Feb 19, 2009 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. It was one of those book where you think you know what is going on and then all of a sudden you realize that you had it all wrong. It was definatly not a hard book to read either, I finished it in a half a day, so if you want something thats going to last you all the way from New York to California on a road-trip stuck in the car with your six brothers and sisters then I recomend you read this another time. If you want something interesing and quick then this is the bo ...more
MissLoveReadingBooks
The main character Theresa is a run away after finding her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend. While driving in the rain, Therea spots 2 Hitch Hikers ( Poppy Corn and Freedom Jack) she desides to pick them up (big mistake)��� I am not going to tell what else happened in the book because you have to read it yourself.

This book really makes you think about Life after Death, Heaven and Hell and Angels and Devils.
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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