Night Road

Book: Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Book Info: Published by St. Martin’s Press; 385 pages; hardcover; from the library

Goodreads Summary: For a mother, 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 teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. 

Jude does everything to keep her kids safe and on track for college. It has always been easy– until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them. 

On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.

NIGHT ROAD is vivid, emotionally complex novel that raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

If you love Lifetime movies, this is the book for you!  I personally didn’t like it, because pretty much every character was irritating.  Not a surprise, given it reads like a Lifetime movie.

I found Jude and Mia to be the most irritating.  Jude, because she’s the typical helicopter parent who tries to be cool and supportive but has a tantrum and freaks out because her kids do something she doesn’t like.  She really needs to get a life…and after Mia dies, she gets worse.  I got so tired of hearing about how horrible Lexi was and how it was all her fault.  Mia was equally as annoying, because she was super clingy and insecure.

Which brings me to her twin brother Zach and her best friend Lexi.  Zach has to choose between Lexi and Mia, because apparently Mia can’t go to USC all by herself.  Why does he have to choose?  Lexi, while annoying, was one of the less annoying characters.  But if I heard one more time that Zach and Mia had chances she didn’t, I would’ve thrown the book at the wall.  Or, because it’s a library book and throwing it at a wall might be bad, punch something soft so as not to hurt myself.

The ending didn’t fit with the rest of the book, and everything was wrapped up with a nice little bow.  Seriously?  It’s like she realized she had to end the book at some point, and decided that she needed to have a super happy ending where everything works out perfectly.

I have to give it a 1 out of 5.  The characters were too superficial, and it screamed Lifetime movie.

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