Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Night Road by Kristin HannahReviewed by Julie Moderson

Wow! I think Kristin Hannah just wrote her best ever book. Hannah writes wonderful stories that leave us begging for more but Night Road is such a compelling story that you are drawn in on the first page and don’t want any interruptions until you have finished the whole book.

From the first page you fall in love with 14 year-old Lexi Baill. She is a child of the foster care system. She has made herself so thick skinned or so it appears. Really she is just a sad lost child. She has never had a real friend because she has changed families and schools so often she can’t form relationships. She is the child of a drug addict who keeps coming back into Lexi’s life just when things start to smooth out. When her mother dies she is taken cross-country to live with an elderly aunt that she never knew she had. Aunt Eva never had children of her own and is really not sure what to do. But for the first time in her life someone actually loves her for who she is.

The first day of high school she meets an odd shy girl named Mia. Mia is so terribly self-conscious that she has no friends, but girls try to associate with Mia because she is a twin to Zack who is the most handsome guy at the high school. Mia and Zack have a mother who is way too involved in her childrens’ lives. Jude feels if she is so involved she will protect her children from anything that could hurt them, but as we all know with high school comes parties and with parties comes drinking. Jude discovers that you can never protect your children all the time and then tragedy strikes. Bad things sometimes happen to good kids and no amount of helicopter parenting is going to keep them safe.

This was such a great story. As a mother, I saw myself in Jude and laughed at the extremes that she would go to in being a helicopter mom. Her children were her life. When your family falls apart all around you, it takes a lot of work to get it back on track.

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