Mount Dora Chick-Lit Book Club: September "Night Road" by Kristen Hannah

From Publishers Weekly Hannah follows up Winter Garden with a strained story of friendship, social pressures, love, and forgiveness. After a string of foster homes and the death of her heroin-addict mother, Lexi Baill is taken in by a newly discovered great-aunt who lives a spartan life near Seattle. Despite financial problems, the two are glad to have found each other, and though Lexi resolves to stay safely on the periphery at her new high school, she soon meets Mia, unhappy and awkward despite a solid family life, a loving twin brother, Zach, and a closetful of clothes. The friendship flourishes, and Mia's mother, Jude, relieved and pleased for her daughter, draws Lexi into the family circle. But trouble begins in senior year with a slowly growing attraction between Zach and Lexi, who take great pains to make Mia comfortable with the change in the dynamics. This familiar story takes an unfortunate turn deep into after-school-special territory when Lexi, Mia, and Zach collectively make a bad decision that results in a tragedy with extreme repercussions. Even readers who like their melodrama thick will have problems as Hannah pushes credibility to the breaking point, and more than once.

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  • Kim

    I really enjoyed the book. It was a quick read. I think we all agreed that parenting is tough and some of the decisions made are even tougher. Missed seeing you, Amber!

    2 · September 19, 2013

    • Amber

      Thanks Kim. Sorry to have missed it. It was a good book. Trying to get over this cold...

      September 19, 2013

  • Tara K.

    Hi everyone,
    I am so disappointed that I can't make it tonight- I really liked this book. I only slept about 1 hour last night and can't keep my head up now. I hope everyone has fun and look forward to seeing you all next month.

    September 18, 2013

  • Melissa R.

    I am new to the area and am looking to join the book club to meet people. I really wanted to attend tomorrow but life happens. Hopefully I can make it next month.

    September 17, 2013

  • Sue S.

    I found it at the Mt. Dora Library yesterday and just finished it! I've read most of Ms. Hannah's books - but missed this one. It hit really close to home as I too have lost a child, who was an adult when I lost him. It still was a very good story.

    September 15, 2013

  • Kim

    I just found it! I am hoping it is a quick read. Our library didn't have it, either.

    August 28, 2013

  • Megan L.

    I really liked this book! I read it in two days

    August 28, 2013

    • Tara K.

      I agree. I usually have trouble getting through some of the books, but I am having a hard time putting this book down. I want to keep reading to see what ends up happening.

      1 · August 28, 2013

  • Wendy L.

    I may be about 1/2 hour late due to another committment. Hope that's OK.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Tara K.

    I will make it to this one- I am determined to not miss anymore!

    1 · August 14, 2013

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