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How many of us wonder what might have been? After her mother's death, six-year-old Jaycee is neglected by her alcoholic father and decides she would rather be beaten than ignored. She grows up a foul-mouthed hellion who takes flak off no one, and she lives in fear of anyone finding out she is also a love-starved little girl terrified of being abandoned in the dark. Her int ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 408 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Authors Ink Books
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Joe Prentis
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Different Roads, by Joyce Scarbrough, is a coming of age novel that will hold your attention from beginning to end. Her characters are complex and troubled, but they will immediately grab your attention as they seek to conquer their own private demons. The main character, Jaycee Stevens, carries you on an emotional rollercoaster ride as she attempts to hide her loneness and pain through her outrageous behavior. Her problems are logical and believable, emanating from the loss of her mother at an ...more
Lee Ward
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Different Roads is the gripping story of Jaycee Stevens, a foul-mouthed hellion who lost her mother at a young age, and lives with her drunken, abusive father. Nothing can shatter her tough exterior except for maybe Bud Stanton, a poor little rich boy who mirrors Jaycee's soul. Their similarities cause them to love hard and fight even harder. Finding a happy medium in their relationship seems impossible, but before the story's end, two broken people learn that love can truly fix even the most da ...more
Erica Newton
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite book by Joyce. The premise for the book is something anyone who has made mistakes can relate to. What would happen if I went a different direction in life? I absolutely recommend it!
jean marcum
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!!!

I read this book in one day! I just couldn't put it down it had my interest from the first page!!! It made me laugh and cry!! I won't give any of it a way but if you like a good love story and a story about forgiveness you would love this book!!!
Carrie Dalby
Three and a half stars.
The only thing that kept it from being four stars for me was the language--which I knew I was getting into from the description, but it's something I personally don't care for.
Laugh-out-loud one-liners that got me stares in waiting rooms and a quick-paced read.
What kept me reading was the cast. Scarbrough is excellent with portraying vibrant characters. Though I don't always relate to them, I find myself invested in their struggles even when upset over their choices.
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Michelle
Decent Read

I felt that this was a decent read. I really enjoyed the writing and the plot. The author did a fine job of pulling it all together. The problem I had with this book was the characters. I just didn't care for Jaycee all that much. She was at times, a really cold hearted woman and a tad selfish. Only towards the end, did I kind of warm up to her. I understand she had some problems in her life, but sometimes the way she spoke, was just shocking. I would still recommend this book because
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Janie  R.
Wow, quite a story!!
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Joyce is an intelligent Southern woman weary of seeing herself and her peers portrayed in books and movies as either post-antebellum debutantes or barefoot hillbillies á la Daisy Duke, so all her heroines are smart, unpretentious women who refuse to be anyone but themselves. In addition to her novels, she has short stories featured in several anthologies.

Joyce has lived all her life in southern A
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