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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,431 ratings  ·  381 reviews
Madeline is sent away to Spring Meadows rehab for drinking and rage. At the weekly movie night in town, she meets Stewart, from another rehab nearby. They fall for each other despite the crazy time. Madeline gets out and starts to regain her feet. But when Stewart joins her, both still are severely troubled, and he is getting worse.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Andrea It will now be released on Jan. 25 2016 on Freeform, formerly ABC Family. You can watch the pilot on IMDB

It will now be released on Jan. 25 2016 on Freeform, formerly ABC Family. You can watch the pilot on IMDB

IMDB says Saturday Aug. 15. 2015. You can view the cast there too

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Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One upcoming tv show caught my attention, and it's named Recovery Road.
Recovery Road talks about a biracial seventeen years old girl, Maddie Graham, who is an alcoholic (and actually used drugs) yet she doesn't understand the gravity of her situation. After being caught red-handed, she has to go living in a rehab treatment center for 90 days, and by day go to school. It was "cute" to watch at the beginning but then, as with most ya american tv shows, I dnfed it.
Obviously, when I discovered that
Marj Osborne
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"He holds me. I am his in a way he probably isn't even aware of. Boys shouldn't know what power they have. They would panic probably or just mess things up. But boys are who you give yourself to. Not your parents or your teachers or your "future". You give yourself to a boy. And then you go for long walks at night and think about them and wonder what they will do to you in the end." (p.106)

A very moving heart-wrenching story of first love between two recovering teenage alcoholics. Well worth rea
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Alexa by: Goodreads First Reads winner

My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and anger issues. The story takes place over the course of about three to four years, and through the book we get glimpses of how she is dealing with her issues and what she is doing to improve her life. Recovery is not always easy though, and we see that with Madeline and with the people she befriends at the rehab in Spring Meadows.

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May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Semi-realistic portrayal of young addiction, 3.5 stars

In Blake Nelson's RECOVERY ROAD, Maddie finds herself in rehab after one too many drug and alcohol-fueled binges. Even though she feels like a teenage outcast, she befriends Trish, another recovering young addict, and Stewart, a beautiful boy with problems of his own. After her romance with Stewart blossoms, Maddie leaves rehab and returns to her old life, her old school, and old temptations. Maddie and Stewart must learn to navigate their re
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-fiction
Madeline, or Mad Dog Maddie, has landed herself to rehab. After getting arrested, stealing a car, sleeping with a drug dealer, years of drug abuse, and one heck of a temper, she is placed in a drug rehabilitation program to gain control over her life. After spending twenty-eight days in a hospital facility, she has to live in a sober-living home where she is shacked up with women twice her age and holds down a job at the laundry facility. Although she managed to make friends with a girl named Tr ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was my first Blake Nelson book and I am looking forward to read more of his after reading Recovery Road. It was my final book of 2012 and I read it really quickly, not because I needed it for my 100th book (although I did), but because it was a great and compulsively readable book. I loved it!

This was not a happy book, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of it at all. It starts with Maddie in rehab, obviously not a great place, and leads to her meeting Stewart, whom I did not find that amaz
Abby Johnson
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged
Maddie meets Stewart in rehab and they fall in love. But love's never as easy as that and especially not when you're in rehab. Recovery Road is about finding the right guy at the wrong time and Maddie's struggle to find her own way home. Maddie's voice was searingly real and I felt like she was sitting down and telling me the whole story. The book's got funny moments that made me laugh out loud and it also broke my heart. Highly recommended.
Carli Entin
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I found this in the free pile at work; I was looking for something to read on the train home.

Recovery Road is a quick read with characters you want to root for. It's easy to understand why so many adults read YA novels; no matter what their mistakes, people in these books have time in their life to change and grow, and it's a great escape to feel that type of freedom vicariously.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was so bad I couldn't even finish it. That is a very rare thing for me. Just stick to the TV show and make your own ending/hope it gets renewed someday. ...more
jaqueline gonzalez
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviews
i watched the show on freeform which got canceled and i’m still upset about it so i picked up the book hoping it would make up for it.

it didn’t.

the book talked about very heavy topics and they weren’t treated well. they never were resolved and were just forgotten about.

watch the show instead.
Meagan Houle
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
It took me well over half the book to connect with "Mad Dog Maddie" and her story. At first, the characters seemed aggressively unlikable in a way that was less gritty realism than depressing torture porn. The misery went on and on, with tragedies following each other in a seemingly unbroken, merciless stream. I began to wonder about the bigger picture. Why all this gratuitous suffering? What's with the stilted dialogue? And seriously, why is this written in such a jerky style, like someone's di ...more
Kelsey O'Rourke
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Much different from the TV show so far...very little of the book actually takes place in rehab. I think it's one of those situations where the book is way better than the TV show, but it may be like Pretty Little Liars, where each follow different plots and end up really great.
The book is mainly about the aftermath, as Maddie copes with returning to high school, turning her life around, and trying to figure out what to do with Stewart, the boy she met in rehab. I was very angry about the ending
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Blake Nelson nails the voice of a16 year old emotionally anxious recoverind addict GIRL. And side characters - the addict boy, others in the rehab, others in her school, confused parents. This novel felt so REAL, similar to Nelson's Rock Star Superstar. Simply, one of my favorite YA authors.

I marked the line "My brain feels relieved to have something neutral to think about." (when Maddie tries to start studying.) She finds she can concentrate on schoolwork because it makes the rest of her brain
Harley Graham
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal response: I liked the book Recovery Road by Blake Nelson, because it showed me the negative effects of drugs on a persons life. I thought it was a good book because the main character was around my age so it was easier to put myself in her position to make the book more relatable to myself. I don't understand why, but the book is split into many parts with many chapters. I thought this was different, but an interesting style choice for writing.
Plot: The plot of this book is a girl getti
Jordyn Steinhoff
What would happen if you had a problem and could not control it? The book Recovery Road is about a girl that has a problem just like that, Madeline goes away to a rehab center to help control her drinking and rage issues. She meets characters that will be staying with her, and then she meets Stewart, they try to get better at their problems but somehow it just gets worse. I think that the book was a good read, it was different from other books that I have read in the past. I would suggested this ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unhauled
2.5 stars. I was expecting more from this story but it fell kind of flat. I’m glad it ends on a happy note. I kept getting increasingly annoyed with the main character. Overall just a disappointing read.
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
12 October 2010 RECOVERY ROAD by Blake Nelson, Scholastic Press, March 2011, 320p., ISBN: 978-0-545-10729-7

"So much time to make up
Everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way"
-Graham Nash

"I'm trying to brush my teeth but I can't find my toothpaste.
"It's 9:30 in the morning. I'm standing in the bathroom, in my bathrobe and underwear. I've completed my twenty-eight days in the main building, and now I'm in my second week at my halfway house.
"Which sucks. But it would at least be tolerable
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While drugs are a big problem in the US this book isn´t just one problem it is multiple.Set in recovery a young girl Maddie Graham struggles with addiction.This is somewhat like a memoir but it is getting told and categorized as young adult fiction.It alternates between wanting to recover and get sober to actually getting into a facility and getting to the point of realizing the good in your life when you are not high or drunk.She meets a boy and falls in love but didn´t know him sober and you w ...more
Recently I received an ARC copy of this book, so of course reviewing is part of the package. Usually I review books on my blog, Robolobolyn's Universe of Books. Recently I haven't been able to log on to or Gmail, or any other Google related sites, with the exception of Google itself. So I'm just going to review Recovery Road on here and post my review on my blog whenever I can.

Recovery Road is being released tomorrow, MARCH EIGHTH, 2011. Get your copy tomorrow!! (:

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Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book wasn't very well structured and it didn't flow organically and I disagreed with it as a whole. I would not recommend it for those reasons and more, even though the story could've been good. So it's about a recovering girl in rehab, because she was addicted to alcohol and drugs. Then she meets a guy, they fall in love, she gets out of rehab, and later he gets out of rehab but awkwardness occurs and stuff goes down. Ya know. And I was hoping for a good book that was professional in both ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recovery Road is the story of two teens, Madeline and Stewart, both with blemished pasts and a brand new opportunity for a fresh start from rehab. At the lowest point in their lives, Madeline and Stewart fall for one another, giving them a sense of togetherness in a void of confusion, but when they’re released, reality strikes back. When Madeline is released, she’s determined to get her life back together, and she’s excited for Stewart to join her in healing after rehab, but when he’s released, ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 15+, mature YA
From an adult perspective, I totally understand this book. It's a different take on addiction, as it begins with the main character, Maddie, closing out a stint in rehab. The story follows her post-rehab as she tries to readjust to life on the outside as a clean and sober person in the midst of some serious high school partying. Facing her old friends is just part of the challenges she faces, though, as a huge part of her focus is staying connected with Stewart, a boy she met in rehab and fell i ...more
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Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Recovery Road follows the story of teenage Madeline, who is suffering from alcoholism and anger issues. She is sent away to Spring Meadows, a rehab center to help get her on the right track. Her high school education is put on hold while she stays. During her stay she makes one friend, recovering addict and boy obsessed Trisha. One night Trish convinces Madeline to go to a movie night sponsored by the rehab, she sees this as an opportunity to get out but has low expectations. The bus picks up th ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
A young teenage girl in highshcool named Madeline, has a dinking problem. As her parents find out about her acholo use, they send her to a rehab called Spring Medows. At the rehab Madeline becomes friends with a teenageer named Trish, and every Friday night the rehab has a movie night where they would go to a movie theater and watch a movie. When Trish leaves from the rehab Madeline meets a guy at the Spring Medows movie night named Stewart. The two, Madeline and Stewart, build a strong relatio ...more
Ayanna Johnson
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book Recovery Road by Blake Nelson is about a girl named Maddie who went to rehabilation. While she is in rehab, she meets a bot who she eventually falls in love with. Throughout the book, you will learn what Maddie goes through in rehab and when she gets out. You will also find out if her relationship with the love of her life works out. This book is very realistic to me. It shows you that anyones's life can happen in the same way Maddie's life did. Like in Maddie's life, people can go thro ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults
I was interested in reading this book because i found out it was a show and wanted to read the book then watch the show to compare. Ive read many reviews on this book many people were saying the book and the show were completely different and the show was way better. Which in many cases its always the book. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and thoughts so i gave the book a try. Took me 3 days to read and for some reason i fell in love with this book. The main character maddie reminds m ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-all, 2016
*4.5 stars
This has been on my tbr list for a few years. I watched the tv show when it came out and I really liked it (the cast is amazing!) So, I decided to pick the book up. At first, I was not a fan. It's super different from the show, which is to be expected, but at the beginning, Maddie is whiney and annoying and exactly the character I cringe at. As the book progresses, I really started enjoying it, started liking the characters and Maddie grew on me. The story was not as predictable as I w
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh, this book was just plain awful. I think maybe the author was going for a juvenile point of view on this, but it came out all wrong. For someone who's going to be 17 and who has all this life experience of hard core drugs and drinking, she acts very childish and it came off very unrealistic and very hard to get through. I only got about 1/4th of the way through and read the last couple chapters and I don't think I missed anything. I think the plot line and the general idea of the book was gr ...more
Natalie Casper
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This is such a fast read. I honestly didn't think I was going to like this book, so I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn't figure out where the author was taking the main character, and I think that's why I was able to fly through the book in an evening. Was she going to relapse? Was she going to let Stewart ruin her life? I was always expecting Maddie to make the wrong decision. Time moves very quickly in the book and I think there's a bit of an emotional disconnect with the characters because ...more
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Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, Oregon. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details Magazine.

His first novel GIRL was originally serialized in SASSY magazine and was made into a film staring Selma Blaire and Portia De Rossi.

His novel PARANOID PARK won the prestigious International Grinzane Literary Award and was made into a film by Gus Van Sant.

His most recent Young Adult novel

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