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Different Roads

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  41 reviews
It's been said that when we look back over our lives, we are able to recognize the pivotal moments that in some way, shape, or form have led us to where we are today.

When Jacqueline Carter is fifteen, she crosses paths for the first time with Seth Thomas, a young man who unwittingly alters the direction of her life forever.

Jaq plans to break-up with her boyfriend on her si
Nook, 177 pages
Published January 23rd 2013 by Lori Clark (first published January 22nd 2013)
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Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it




I just don't understand...


Must think on this one.....

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If there was ever an ending I didn’t see coming in a book, it would be this one. Wow is all I have to say. I just finished the book minutes ago and am still in shock over how it ended. I just wasn’t expecting it AT ALL.

Different Roads by Lori L. Clark is about Jacqueline, a girl who makes every wrong decision possible. Maybe because of her parents’ divorce at an early age, maybe because she was raped by her boyfriend, or her insane drug and alcoh
Sarika Patkotwar
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Different Roads from author Lori L. Clark in exchange for an honest review. We thank Lori for the book!

Oh God. Oh my God. Different Roads has been one of the most disgusting, depressing, disorienting and dazzling book I've read. It is one of those books that I don't know whether to love or hate.
Different Roads reminded me of two books I have previously read and it's safe to say that the book is Lisa Luedeke's Smashed and Kelley York's Hushed (my revi
Nevaeh Lee
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I will be upfront and let you know that I received a free copy of Different Roads from the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. And that I shall give....

While I won't go as far as to say that this should be required reading for every seventeen or eighteen year-old girl, I will propose that it might be helpful for many of them. Jacqueline (or Jaq) is a lesson all unto her own on how bad decisions can and will change your life irrevocably. On more than one occasion, I wanted to go an
Please, please don't waste your fucking money on this goddamned book.

first of all, she was date raped in the very beginning, it's mentioned once and never talked about again. it barely touched on the fact that it damaged her for at least three years of her life. then when we met her best friend, he dies in the next chapter, and if course we aren't allowed to see and if the emotional shit behind that other than the fact that she had to be heavily sedated.

As soon as one good thing comes into her
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I devoured this book in a matter of hours. It was full of passion, emotion, trauma, and craziness and I couldn’t put it down.

It’s difficult to put into words how I feel about the book. In some ways, it was a complete and utter train wreck. In other ways, it was full of love and passion. The characters are great and terrible at the same time and constantly made terrible decisions that I both hated and understood. It was an edgy read because the characters and scenarios resembled real life and wa
Rose Cassidy
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-s
I laughed...I cried...I remembered times of my past. 4x4's, bonfires, many hot guys and lost loves, new loves and forgotten loves. I related to Jaq in the sense of the fire she had inside of her, her boyish ways, and yes the working in the auto field though I love my trucks not cars ;) And I choose to drive not co-pilot :)
I truly do believe this is a heart wrenching beautiful story. A story of reality, a story of believability. Most people don't fall in love with one person and live happily eve
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 4.0 stars

I finished this book over 30 minutes ago and had to give myself a breather because WTF, Lori??!! What a whirlwind of a book this was. I was so up & down with Jacqueline (Jaq), I thought I was becoming bi-polar. Jaq doesn't make the best of decisions (saying so mildly) and she has the best of a friend in Shelley (no enabler there). I thought Jaq just kept picking the shit end of the stick, but at times it wasn't her pi
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW. This was a great book. So many real emotions and the ending was not the usual happy ever after.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was different... I did enjoy it, but to me it felt rushed... Start out at 15, then 17, then 19 all in a matter of a couple chapters... Overall I did enjoy it and I liked the ending!
I'm going to say right off the bat that I hate that I didn't like this book. I really wanted to like it, but--I just didn't. It was awful.

You guise have read the summary, so you sort of know what this is about. The story starts off with Jaqueline, known to her friends as Jaq, who has been dating her boyfriend for several months. They've been planning the night they would finally have sex (on her sixteenth birthday) for quite some time, but shortly before that, Jaq meets Seth at a party. She's at
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Back in May I was contacted by Lori and she offered to provide me with a copy of Different Roads to read and review. I checked out the blurb and happily jumped on the chance to read it. It sounded like an amazing story and I felt it had true potential. After reading it I was sadly disappointed.

We start off meeting Jaq at age fifteen and experience with her one of the most traumatic things that can happen to anyone, being raped. Jaq goes to this party with her boyfriend and best friend, during t
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, e-arc
To say that Jacqueline Carter has had a hard life would be an understatement. Date-raped on her 16th birthday by her then popular jock boyfriend sets off a chain of bad choices, which include drinking, drugs, sex, and abuse. After the incident on her 16th birthday Jac set up walls around her heart, sealing off her emotions as best she could, not wanting to get hurt again. Seth Thomas is a hottie who Jac has a soft spot for. He appeared in her life once, and now several years later, he is here on ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I’m not sure if enjoy is the word I would use. The first two things that came to mind when I finished this book were “WOW!” and “Holy Crap!”

The “WOW!” came out because the author wrote the abuse wonderfully. I know that sounds awful but the author really did a great job with that. She nailed how some, if not most, victims feel when in an abusive relationship. I could understand how Jaq reacted, how she felt, how she rationalized everything. I’ve heard these stories from ma
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)

I'm not sure how I felt about this one yet. It started off really hard to read for me and I almost put it in the DNF pile but I wanted to give it a try as I was given this book as part of a blog tour.

I'm sorry to say that I didn't really connect with the characters. I felt sorry for Jaq when she was younger - the situation that her boyfriend put her in was a horrible situation for a 15 year old to experience.

Everything changed for her that day and she went on a downward sp
Apr 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
What the @#@! was that?

When I read the blurb I was expecting a book where you will feel an emotional connection to the main female lead. But from the first moment that doesn't happen and the time jumps don't help at all.

So if you read the blurb you know that Jacq is date raped. What you don't know is that this happens in the first 20 pages.
Before that there are 3 scenes: one conversation with her best friend (where we discover Jacq is a tomboy, 15 and a virgin), a party (where she crosses her ey
Desirae (Dee)
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say I don't have words for this yet. So bear with me. I am still pretty mad after reading this book. Not that it wasn't a good book, it was, but it elicited so much anger from me. And I mean like I wanted to throw down and fight for this girl. I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her. Some strength.

I swear our Jaq is like an asshole magnet. It starts from her first, and all the players just roll in from there. Our good guys don't seem to stick around for
Ashley Williams
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was highly disappointed in this book. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, and honestly I really didn't like it. This is my first one star review. I'm sorry, I don't like writing this, but have to put it out there.

There's a brutal honesty in this book that is a bit too hard for me to swallow. There is one thing when you write a dark novel, there's usually some ups and downs, or some kind of balance involved. This was darker, then dark, a little light, then dark and then darker e
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I honestly don't even know where to start with this one....
Its the first book in a LONG time to leave me utterly speechless. After an ending like that it took everything in me not to just throw my kindle across the room. I'm angry, frustrated and heartbroken all rolled into one. Even after all of that, I think this book is one of the most REALISTIC books I have read in a long time. Not everything is all rosy and peaches. Sometimes things don't always work out the way you want. One decision can i
Different Roads is all about a girl and the things that make her who she is. Jaq goes through a lot during her life and a lot of it isn't good. In fact she deals with way more than any girl should have to deal with.

Different Roads is a good story that touches on a lot of emotional and difficult topics such as rape, drugs, drinking, death, and abuse. I read Different Roads in just a few hours because I had to know what fate awaited Jaq. After going through so much she was really due a happy endi
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't know if there are any proper words to use for this book. It was amazing. When it comes to the end I felt my heart stop beating and could just imagine this be a true life story. I felt some of thestuff through out the book could have been written in a different way. Some parts didn't always flow. I felt that you could have just read the epiluge and you would bawl your eyes out not knowing the rest of the story.This was one of those books you thought about a few days after reading and stil ...more
J.M. Stone
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm 26% into this story and, to be frank, I'm having a hard time reading it. Honestly, it feels rushed and emotionless. Case in point: she's date raped on her 16th birthday, but it's not dealt with at all, except she tailspins into drugs and stuff for the next couple of years that fly quickly by within a chapter or two. Not feeling any connection whatsoever to the characters.

Tried to finish this one, but I'm leaving it unfinished. I would give it maybe 1.25 stars, but I'm being generous and roun
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE A FAN OF HAPPY PERFECT EXPECTED endings!!!!! I was never more upset by a freaking book. it's been well over a month since I read this and to be quite honest I still can't believe the ending. If ever I wanted a rewrite it would be for this book! It is certainly a good read, don't get me wrong. I just literally can't fathom why the author had to pull the rug out from under the readers like this. I know, I know, that's life....
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Wow, I am so torn on this review. Breaks my heart, so it was hard to give it more than a 3. Couldn't put the book down much. I really liked the main character, but I just kept waiting for things to work out for her and it just didn't. I gave it a 3 cause I was just hoping for more happy positive parts in the book. The author showed raw true to life things that happens in the world through this story.
Lisa Survillas
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Hmmm...this is a difficult book to review. Jaq had a lifetime of misery andshe never dealt with it wel. I hoped with every page that she'd get her stuff together. Her best friend Shelly stuck with her throughout...loved her. Seth seemed to be capable of healing her and loving her. I NEVER expected the events at the ed of the book. I am not a fan of books that end without an HEA.
Catherine Chapman
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like was not expecting that love this book but wish went another direction great writing loved Seth and jaq characters I haven't read a book that ended like this book did and I probably will read it again
Robin kolling
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I am so upset with how this book ended! the book was good but gave no explanation on why jaq and Seth couldn't be together. I thought the ending was too abrupt after having spent all that time developing the characters. overall, it was ok.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I fell about the ending.. Abusive relationships are awful but they're real and this is the first book I read where she stayed in the abusive relationship... I didn't like how Seth left the picture didn't make sense...
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Lori L. Clark currently resides in Hazelwood, MO with her fur kids... a two-year-old Min Pin mix named Rubble, a 5-year-old Min Pin named Mini, and an owner surrender affectionately known as Lacey the Biting Min Pin.

When Lori isn't listening to the voices in her head, waiting for the next creative inspiration to hit, she also loves to read, run, paint pet portraits and rescue dogs.

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