Solace of the Road
Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her stupid school, and the way everyone is always on at her. Then she finds the wig, and everything changes. Wearing the long, flowing ...more
This book is beautifully written, emotionally honest, and kept me riveted through many hot, humid, should-have-been-unbearable walks. I loved so many things about it and I would recommend it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately I think this is just one of those cases of “it’s not you, it’s me.”
This is a very quiet, understated story that is nonetheless powerful. Holly is a “care-babe” – raised in the foster care system in England ever since she and her mam got separated when she was very yo ...more
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Ms Dowd’s books sure do play havoc on my body clock. 3am. 3AM!
Holly. S♥lace. Blonde wigs. Thule. Fiona. Vegan truckers. Grace. Trim. Rosabel. Slim-slam glamour girls. Mogits. The Titanic. “Walking out into a night sky, thumb out and fag in hand”. Ferries. Wales. Curry and chips. Araf. The kind of days that pull you out to play. Nameless boys on motorbikes. Miracles. Scenic routes. Baby Guiness. Strawberry birthday c ...more
“I was in the middle of a field in Wales with a storm growling in the sky and the cops after me. And all I had to help was a thieving glamour girl who only existed inside my own cracked head.”Having seen many fall into clichéd or melodramatic territory, I tend to be wary of books with plotlines that centre around a character taking a (literal) journey of self-discovery. The usual formula (teen has issues, teen hits road, teen has quirky interludes, teen has epiphany – all set to a ve ...more
Have you ever wondered what would happen if all the YA heroes and heroines got together to discuss the times they saved the world?
Jace&Clary: "We stopped our dad from starting a demon apocalypse and then got together."
Edward&Bella: "We stopped a vampire war after we made a demon baby parasite."
Bethany&Xavier: "We tripled the visits to our local church!"
Everyone else: *blank stare* "Dude, that is so lame."
Seriously, our reality has been put in danger so man ...more
During an argument between Fiona and Ray, something snaps in Holly. A ...more
And I was Solace. Solace of the road, walking into a night sky, thumb out and fag in hand…
There’s both a literal and figurative journey in this one for a girl who takes on a personality so different from her own. Holly, her story is sad but not completely tragic. Sad because she’s in foster care and does all these stupid things, but not completely tragic because not once does she get bogged down by what she doesn’t have. She’s always looking forward and thinking about how to get where she ...more
Sadly this is my final Siobhan Dowd book, as I've read all her other novels. I put it off for so long, because I knew there wouldn't be anymore after this. Like her others, it's about a young person going through a terrible time in her life, uncovering truths about he ...more
I wonder if Siobhan wrote this based on someone she knew. I think it is hard to capture and write a fiction novel on a kid in foster care, if you haven't exactly had a similar experience. Like, I can see what she was trying to do, but it wasn't quite... there.
Anyway, I wasn't sure if Siobhan wanted us to think Solace was a bad-ass, or if Solace wanted us to view her as a bad-ass... if that makes se ...more
Oh man. Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd was such an emotional roller coaster. Why has it taken me so long to pick up another book by this amazing author?! Siobhan Dowd writes so beautifully and with such emotion. I am in awe of her and also hugely saddened that she is no longer with us.
Last year I read A Swift Pure Cry and almost didn't have the words to describe the feelings that I felt when reading and because of that, I put off ...more
Dowd seems always able to find the perfect balance between telling the character’s story in an engaging way and bringing the reader ...more
Life has not been exactly fair to Holly. She has grown up in a series of group and foster homes surrounded by social workers who say they care, but it certainly doesn't feel like they do.
As the story begins, Holly is headed toward a new home. A childless couple arranges for a few test visits and then decide they are willing to offer Holly a place in their lives. It should be the answer to Holly's dream, but her sights are set on fin ...more
When she finds a blond wig she hides it and on the day before her 15th birthday she puts on the wig, applies some lipstick and runs away.
She’s transformed herself into Solace, a 17 year old beauty with slim-slam hips who knows what she wants and has the courage to go and get it. As Solace, Holly is determined to make her way fro ...more
I love Holly Hogan. Even though self-described 'bad girls' in books get on my wick pretty quickly, you could see Holly's vulnerability and true kind-heartedness a mile away. All she wanted was to get ba ...more
Holly has been in care for a while and finally gets a new placement. The problem is she still can't stop thinking about her mum and finding her. So she decides to run away and name herself Solace.
This book started slow at first but became more engaging. Holly was a very interesting and well drawn character ...more
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Hmmm, come to think of it, this may say more about MY state of mind than the author's ability to write...
Solace of the Road by Siobhan Down is an intriguing book centered around 14 year old Holly Hogan and her journey to find her mam. Holly is a child who grew up in a home for children who did not have parents. Her entire life she has grown up with key workers and social workers. She has felt that she was removed from her mam at a young age against her wishes and hates living with social workers. When she is placed with a foster family, her rebel life allows her to feel out of place and she does no...more
Dowd was such a gifted writer. I am sad that there are no more books to be written by her.
Holly is a teen in the foster system. She gets placed in a home with Fiona and Ray. The book starts when Holly is running away. The story is told in flashback style.
Holly is trying to go to Ireland to reunite with her mum. We f ...more
She attended a Catholic grammar school in south London and then gained a degree in Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. After a short stint in publishing, she joined the writer's organization PEN ...more