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Night Road

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"A rich, multilayered reading experience, and an easy recommendation for book clubs." —Library Journal (starred review)

Life comes down to a series of choices.

To hold on…

To let go...to forget…to forgive…

Which road will you take?


For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children's needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy
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Hardcover, 385 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Aestas Book Blog
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::::


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
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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.

Ju
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Trisha ❊ Devoured Words
****WARNING!!!! READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE READ THIS BOOK! Contains spoilers.****

Speechless. This book has made me speechless. I'm repeating myself because that's who exactly I feel this book has pulled my heartstrings. I love Zach, Lexi and Grace. (Obviously!) At first I definitely have 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 than I hated her for charging charges against Lexi. I hat
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K
OKAY ALL YOU TROLLS -- COME AND GET ME!!!!!

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'
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Nancy
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ehnnn...

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
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Maureen
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.
Erin
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) communities 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
Regina
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
Brenda
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-have
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.
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
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Arah-Lynda
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
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Kerry
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
Jennifer
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
Ashley
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
Tania
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
Nomes
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
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Dem
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
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ALPHAreader
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
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Melissa
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Sharon
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read
I absolutely loved this book. This was a very emotional and touching story.

Fourteen year old Lexi Baill has had a traumatic childhood. After her mother died of a drug overdose she was placed into foster care. In the past five years Lexi has been in and out of seven different foster homes and been to six different schools in the same amount of time.
Then Lexi's aunt Eva turns up and and she goes and lives with her. Aunt Eva does all she can for Lexi making sure she is looked after and cared for. L
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Beth McCraw
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional!

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!
Deanna
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
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thewanderingjew
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mia and Lexi are best friends. Both girls are insecure. One comes from a charmed background and one from a background of neglect and poverty; a mother who was a druggie and an absent, unknown father. Mia has a twin brother. They are exceptionally close with the bond that only twins can share. This is their story.
It begins on the first day of a new High School for Lexi Baill. On that fateful day, she catches the eye of Zach Farraday, the future prom king, and befriends his opposite in social stat
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Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-fic
This book is all steak, but no sizzle. I missed the sizzle.

I read this book, start to finish, in one day. It was the type of story that a reader will undoubtably find hard to put down...you simply **need** to know what happens next. So, for the that reason alone, this book is a consumable read, and it won 4 stars. But, if it was worthy of an entire day's focus, why not 5? Here is why..

Good books, really, really good books make you *feel* for the characters. You fall in love with them, and that
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Northwestreader
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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V Nerd
How far would you go to protect one of your children?

This is the question in this heartbreaking book.

Jude has it all, a perfect family, a perfect house, a perfect life.
Her kids are popular at school (well one of them, the other pretends she is) and everything is rosy.

Jude is the perfect mother to twins Zach and Mia and they love her for it, everything she does is for them.

Mia is unhappy though, she doesn't fit in at school and has no friends, that is until one day, a girl called Lexi sits next
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Vanessa Tekać
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Predivna knjiga, prica tako dobro napisana(ispricana) da sve emocije likova dozivljavamo kao vlastite i dijelimo s njima i dobro i lose. Osim bookmarkera , paket maramica je obavezan uz citanje ❤
Sheri
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, audio
Every once in a while you will find a book that touches you so deeply that it feels like it has become part of you. For me, Night Road was one of those books. I finished reading (listening) yesterday, and have not been able to stop thinking about it since. I thought maybe if I wrote my thoughts down I would be able to put it behind me and move on with my life. Here's hoping.

First off, this was my first Kristin Hannah book. If all of her books are like Night Road, I am going to be reading them a
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Donna
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
It's been a long time since I've read a book that made me teary, or a book I couldn't put down. The author does an amazing job of pulling the heartstrings of the reader. I think she takes the neurotic personality of the
mother, Jude, a bit too far. I wanted to slap Jude over the head a few times. Several of the other characters left a lot to be desired. Mia and Zach are twins. Zach is the leader of the two, with Mia trailing behind as the weaker of the two. Mia is portrayed as a somewhat childis
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McKenzie
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I knew as soon as I saw the cover that this was going to be classic chick-lit (I should mention that I'm reading this for my book club, not of my own volition), and I was pretty much right. One-dimensional characters, predictable plot twists, inane dialogue, atrocious metaphors and imagery, and emotionally manipulate to the point where I wondered if the author was hoping this will get made into a Lifetime movie. It hurts my soul to compare this to a literary novel about grief and loss (I recentl ...more
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