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Night Road by Kristin Hannah (Review #2)

Night RoadReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

For Lexi Baill, moving to Washington State to live with her Great Aunt was just the latest in a long chain of new beginnings for her. So often disappointed when the moves did not work out, Lexi didn’t want to let herself believe that this time would be any better than the previous moves. But on the very first day of high school, Lexi meets Mia Farraday and her “most popular boy in school” twin brother Zach and things were different. For the first time in her life, Lexi was a part of things. Mia and Zach’s mother was a textbook example of the “helicopter” mom-forever hovering over the twins. While they resented it, for Lexi it was something she’d wanted her entire life-a mom who cared. Mia and Lexi became best friends and although they fought it, Lexi and Zach became romantically involved. Things were great for the threesome almost all of the way through high school. But one night close to graduation, tragedy struck and their lives were forever altered.

This is a fairly standard book for both the author and the genre. Readers know from the beginning that there will be at least one close relationship shattered by some sort of tragedy that changes everything. There is just such an event in Night Road and it is easily predicted as to what is going to happen well before the event occurs. This is what Hannah’s fans expect. It’s how the characters work through the event’s aftermath that is the main story. The characters are forced to dig deep within themselves to find the courage to put the past behind them and go on with life.

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.