Friday, April 15, 2011

Book Review: Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Night RoadNight Road by Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: March 22, 2011
Hardcover, 400 pages 
 ISBN: 978-0312364427

My Review:
Why I read this: I love Kristin Hannah since I read Firefly Lane several years ago and I squealed when I received this ARC in the mail.

My thoughts:  I loved this book.  I did not want to put it down and honestly felt like I could see every character's point-of-view.  That's not to say that I liked all the actions of certain characters, but I honestly could see why they acted the way they did.

Night Road is all about the characters as is typical in a Kristin Hannah novel.  I like that this time she used two different generations in the book.  First there is the mom, Jude, and then there are her children Mia and Zach and Mia's best friend Lexi.  The first half of the book revolves around the teenage years of Mia, Zach and Lexi with the most emphasis on their senior year of high school when the unthinkable happens.  I really liked each character.  They were different from each other, yet worked well together and I could see the storyline falling into place.  Of course tragedy strikes and life changes and that is what the second half of the book is devoted to.  Seeing how the characters changed was very interesting and I liked seeing the growth of some and the stagnation of others.  I really understood the characters better than any of her earlier novels (which were all excellent to me) so this one stood above the others because of this.

The storyline moves at a nice pace, I never felt like it was too slow or too hurried at the end.  Of course I would have loved for it to go on longer, but felt the ending was fitting and a good place to end.  Ms. Hannah does a wonderful job plotting this one out and I love how she moves from one time period to the next without feeling like you missed too much.

I can't say anything but good things about Night Road.  It's an amazing book and I loved every minute.  The characters will stay with me for some time as well as the storyline.  The storyline actually taught me a few things and I am thankful for these lessons in such an entertaining read.  If you love Ms. Hannah's earlier books, I say run out and get this one.  If you like authors like Jodi Picoult, Elizabeth Berg, Emily Giffin and others like them, then try out Kristin Hannah's Night Road - I don't think you will be disappointed.

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Book:

Lexi and Mia are inseparable from the moment they start high school. Different in so many ways - Lexi is an orphan and lives with her aunt on a trailer park, while Mia is a golden girl blessed with a loving family, and a beautiful home. Yet they recognize something in each other which sets them apart from the crowd, and Mia comes to rely heavily on Lexi's steadfast friendship. Mia's beloved, and incredibly good-looking, twin brother Zach, finds life much less complicated than his sister. Jude thought she'd never have to worry about her son, that he'd always sail through life easily achieving whatever he, and his family, wanted and expected - but then he fell in love. The summer they graduated is a time they will always remember, and one they could never forget. It is a summer of love, best friends, shared confidences and promises. Then one moment one night changes them all forever. As hearts are broken, loyalties challenged and hopes dashed, the time has come to leave childhood behind and learn to face the future.

About the Author: 

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels including Firefly Lane, True Colors and Winter Garden. A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. 

Great Interview with Kristin by Shelf Awareness
FTC Information: I received this book from the publisher for a honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


Angelique said...

Oh yeah, I loved this one fave read of the year so far. The characters will be with me for a very long time, just an extremely well written book!!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I loved this book as well. It reminded me a bit of Every Last One by Anna Quindlen. I hope to red more of Kristen Hannah's books. I have read a few but I know there are more out there waiting for me!

Luxembourg said...

This book was very sad, but it dealt with issues amonng teens and parents that can go so wrong in the teen years. The reality of it is overwhelming but beautifully written. I really don't like the mom in this story, as she doesn't own up to her faults or believe that she is the reason why things went so wrong. Unfortunately the reality of this story rings true in a lot of real life situations that cannot be left behind.

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