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Night Road by Kristin Hannah
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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 connection between Lexi and Zach from the first moment they meet but Lexi is warned off of him by their mother who would rather see Mia have a friend than for Zach to have another revolving girlfriend. The four years of high school roll by in a blissful haze, especially after Lexi and Zach give in to their feelings after junior prom with Mia's blessing. Weeks from graduation the unimaginable happens leaving guilt, loneliness, anger, and grief in its wake.

Hannah has some spot on writing moments, capturing the thoughts and feelings of lovestruck teens, the indefatigable bond of a deep and abiding friendship, and the joys and heartaches of motherhood. However, the writing is uneven in places. She spends too much time telling rather than showing and way too much time capturing irrelevant details about clothing and decorating. The first half of the book whizzes by but the second half is less breathless and rather predictable. Still, sure to be a favorite in the genre of chick lit!
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