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Night Road

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  102,951 ratings  ·  9,288 reviews
Jude Farraday is a happily married, stay-at-home mom who puts everyone’s needs above her own. Her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill enters their lives, no one is more supportive than Jude. A former foster child with a dark past, Lexi quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. But ...more
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Shirley Mytnowych I am currently listening to this book on tape and definitely thinking it's a YA novel! I just wish the narrator didn't sound like sweet little animals…moreI am currently listening to this book on tape and definitely thinking it's a YA novel! I just wish the narrator didn't sound like sweet little animals in a Disney film. (less)

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Aestas Book Blog
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!! Holy wow, after finishing this book, it feels like I’ve just been through some kind of emotional marathon. My heart is racing. I feel out of breath. There are tears in my eyes. AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!!

Reading Night Road was a bit of a departure from my usual choice in books because, for the most part, I’m a hard-core romance reader. Kristin Hannah however, writes deeply emotional fiction novels that are more widely focused on all kinds of

I know I probably didn't give this enough of a chance. Maybe it would have gotten better. But the other audiobook I was waiting for came in, so it is without any regret whatsoever that I bid this one adieu.

The first thing I noticed about this book was how overwritten it was. Way, way too many adjectives. Kristin Hannah seems to have graduated the Babysitter's Club school of overdescription and ham-fisted characterization. You know how in the Babysitter'
Megs ♥
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a book I will be recommending to friends for a long time. Surprisingly, I hadn't heard anything about this book until I went to vote on the 2011 Goodreads polls a few months ago. This book was nominated for best book of 2011, and the cover instantly stood out to me, and I think it's very beautiful. I read the synopsis, and at first was hesitant, because the title, and synopsis seemed to give me the impression that the book would be very predictable. Definitely not the case.

Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok

It's an engaging premise: boy-girl twins who are inseparable, and the girlfriend (of both) who complicates their lives. But Hannah piles on layers of irritating detail: endless descriptions of How the Privileged Live and How the Poor Live (in rusty trailers--and they work at Wal-Mart). How critical it is to get into the right college, and how your life is essentially over if you don't have the money to go to a good college (a fact that is presented without context as just the way life is
Trisha ❊ Devoured Words

Speechless. This book has made me speechless. I'm repeating myself because that's exactly how I feel. This book has pulled my heartstrings. I love Zach, Lexi and Grace. (Obviously!) At first I definitely had mixed feelings about Jude, like she was the mother who revolved her life around her kids, wanted the best for her children (which all parents want), but then I hated her for charging charges against Lexi. I ha
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I almost gave this book one star, but since I at least finished reading it, I figured it had a little merit. Overall, I found the characters unrealistic, shallow, and almost caricatures. I'm not one to speak ill of the dead, but since it's a fictional character I will. Mia is an over-privileged, over indulged self-centered poor little rich girl with no coping skills. We find out out deeply into the book that someone called her "pizza face" in 8th grade so that's why she's frail and needy for the ...more
Tom Lewis
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kristin Hannah killed it again with this book! Like the other four books of hers’ I’ve read, it’s a deeply emotional character story – this time about friendship, love, loss, and family. It centers around a high school girl named Lexi, who’s been bounced around from one foster home to another thanks to a loser drug addict mom who’s more concerned with getting high than caring for her daughter. Things begin to improve for Lexi when she’s taken in by her kindly aunt, and befriends an outcast girl ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, emotive haunting read - another masterpiece from Kristin

The story begins with Lexi, she has had a traumatic start to life, her mother suffered from mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse and recently passed away. Lexi was placed into foster care. In 5 years she's lived with multiple families and attended multiple schools Lexi has never felt like she belonged or felt loved, it was so easy for her foster carers to return her like an unwanted gift.

Now she is 14 years old, Lexi’s Aunt Eva
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
WOOOW wow wow. I did not expect to love this as much as I did. Or become as addicted.
The story was pretty predictable but so good. And so sad. It made me cry, it made me smile, it did so many things in between.
I really loved the characters and loved seeing their growth and change and heartbreak and AH it was just so good y'all.
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Higher than a 5 from me. I couldn't put this down. Night road made me feel, think, ask myself questions and want to talk about it. Unforgettable and one I will think of often. ...more
This is a Women's Fiction. This book pulled me in from the beginning. This book made me think about things so hard, and it also made me cry so hard. I had to stop reading at times because I was crying so hard. There is a big event that changes the life of all the main characters in this book, and in some way all of the main characters are in some way had a hand in what happen. I love Kristin Hannah writing, and this book did not disappoint me. This book covers something that can be very hard to ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one started off a little slow. Plus, I really wanted to kill the mother. OK, we are all invested in our children's lives but, c'mon, she was just OTT!!! Even when they were older, Jude was just so much in their business. You have to cut the apron strings at some stage. Saying that, I will be the one who will be a miserable wreck sending my youngest off to college next September.

It was sort of obvious what was going to happen ... and it did. It did take a little turn that I did not really se
Feb 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Lexi Baill arrives in Washington State to live with her aunt, Eva Lange, in 2000. Lexi has been bounced around many foster homes throughout her childhood, and spent some sporadic years living with her drug-addict mother in between. But now Lexi has found a home and stability with her aunt Eva, living in a little yellow trailer in Port George, Washington.

Jude Farraday is mother to twins Zach and Mia – polar opposites and partners in crime. Mia is shy and reclusive, while Zach is popular and outg
Dana Ilie
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What is it about Kristin Hannah’s novels? The plots are a bit predictable. Her main characters usually shine, yet her supporting cast often falls a bit flat. And yet her work is compulsively readable. Her latest, Night Road, is no exception.

Like many of her previous books, Night Road focuses on the complicated relationship between mothers and their children. In this case, the mother in question is Jude Farraday, an admittedly (with some hesitation) over-protective, hyper-involved mother of twins
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is set in Washington State, like most of Kristin Hannah's books are. It starts with the story of Lexi Baill who is a perpetual foster child who has finally found her 'forever home' with an elderly aunt. Thanks to the help of her social worker she is enrolled in a prestigious (and wealthy) community's high school and befriends Mia who is a social outcast compared to her popular, jock brother. For several years everything is wonderful for them until a sudden tragedy changes the course of ...more
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-said
I wasn’t going to write a review for this one and then I found my self here, so here goes.

It would be easy to say this is a coming of age story but it really is much, more than that. Yes we have our teenage angst but we also have their parents and all the possibilities of life and how, these things that are possible, these choices we make, how it can all affect us, each and every one.

I found the first quarter of this story to be slow and I had a difficult time relating to The Farraday's as a fa
Kerry Kilburn
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
The premise of this book is straightforward: long-time foster child Lexi, daughter of a drug addict, moves to the Seattle area to live with her great-aunt. There, she befriends Mia, the shy, socially awkward twin sister of Zach, the most popular boy in school. Jude, Mia's and Zach's mother, is overjoyed that Mia has finally found a friend, and adopts Lexi as part of the family. Everything blows up about 1/3 of the way through the book, when Lexi and Zach finally admit their feelings for one anot ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am quickly becoming a huge Kristin Hannah fan. This is the second book of hers that I've read and absolutely loved. The story gripped me from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down or stop thinking about it when I wasn’t reading. ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Night Road by Kristin Hannah is one of those books that just keeps coming up on book club reads. Having now read it I have to say you cannot read Night Road and not be emotionally affected by the story and the characters.

This is a novel which is without doubt a page turner and by the first 50 pages I was totally drawn in by the story and the characters and I was interest and connected to the story.
Being a mother I could certainly identify with the worries a parent has when a child enters teenage
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Night Road follows a woman named Jude, who is a mother to two twins Zach and Mia and Lexi a former foster child with a dark past. Lexi quickly befriends Mia and the two become inseparable even when later, Zach and Lexi fall in love.

Jude is helicopter mother. She does everything she can to keep her twins safe and she makes sure that they are both on track for college.

One night when the twins attend a high school party right before their graduation, Zach – who is suppose to be the DD ends up being
Night Road is the first book I have read by author Kristin Hannah. This was an intense book! Up until the fifty percent mark, it appeared to be a coming of age story of sorts. But at that point, everything in these characters' lives went to hell. After one incident of poor judgment, the lives of all the characters involved are changed forever. This story is painfully real. All of the consequences portrayed in this book are heartbreakingly preventable and knowing this added to the tears I persona ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Could not put it down until I was finished, then cried because I was finished.
It is one of my all time favorite books by Kristin Hannah and in general. After reading I shared a few parts of the book with my daughter. She was intrigued and ended up reading and loving the book too.

I went through so many emotions reading this book. I bought it shortly after it came out and was so excited to read it. It did not disappoint. A stunning tale of love, friendship, loss and forgiveness
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent book, as with most of Hannah's offerings. This one made me cry, and also made me think. ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audio and once again I have to say that I think that my experience of the book was enhanced because of this. The narrator (Kathleen McInerney) was brilliant, and I never felt like like I was listening to someone reading the story. Although the story has quite a few cliches and at times felt a bit teenagey for me, I felt for all the characters, especially Jude. I didn't understand or agree with all her actions, but then I've never been in her situation. I normally only liste ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
3.5 stars

Night Road has many elements that attracted me:

girl best friends, one girl in love with the others (forbidden) twin brother

a fateful tragic summer evening

idyllic childhoods, promises and broken hearts

the whole leaving childhood behind thing

watching devastating consequences play out...

People on the island still talk about what happened in the summer of '04. They sit on bar stools and in porch swings and spout opinions, half-truths, making judgements that aren't theirs to make. They thin
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Lexi Baill moves to Washington to live with her aunt after the death of her mother, she doesn't have any unrealistic dreams of finding acceptance and a loving home. Lexi has lived her life in and out of foster homes based on the ability of her drug addict mother to properly care for her between prison sentences and stints in rehab facilities. On her first day of school in Washington, Lexi meets Mia Farraday, a rich girl who is also a social outcast. Over the next four years, Lexi and Mia ar ...more
Jenny Baker
This was a beautiful and heartbreaking story. The audiobook on CD has a fantastic narration!

I was so hooked on this I didn’t want to get out of the car. When I got to work, I sat in the car for ten minutes listening and did the same when I returned home. When I went to the store, I sat in the parking lot for a few minutes to listen. At home, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I got the audiobook out of my car and listened to it on my laptop. It’s that good.

There’s so much I want to say, but
Sarah Swann
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this! I did take a while for me to get really hooked and not want to put it down. The story was heartbreaking and complicated. My heart aches for all of the characters. I like the way it ended and felt all sorts of emotions throughout. Good read!
Beth McCraw
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I didn't know if I could make it through this book! Kristin Hannah broke my heart, glued it back together and tied it up in a pretty little bow!
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is not a genre that normally appeals to me. I won a set of these books for my book club so I read it. I have children who were in high school more or less at the same time the story took place, we live in Washington where the story is set, and the book jacket makes the story line sound interesting, so I start with the idea that the story will resonate with me.

I did read the whole book, every word of it. This book is akin to an after-school TV special: I could almost hear the music swelling
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Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Th ...more

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