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Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell
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Mar 25, 11


This book was like surrendering to the horrific yet mesmerizing display of watching a train derail, crash and explode. The sheer intensity of its devastation is almost unbearable yet it's impossible to look away. Just when you think this story can't get any sadder, it unapologetically does. But it does so in a way that respectfully reveals the authentic underbelly of its characters. This book isn't a downer just for the sake of being a depressive voyeuristic foray into the lives of those less fortunate. It takes an honest look at abuse, sexual discovery, and the consequences of carrying undeserved burdens. Plus, the writing is so wonderful. It was a pleasure to read/listen to.

I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because I didn't like the romantic relationship in the book. It felt forced and phony and undermining.

Not, not, not recommended for those who read purely for escapist purposes.
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