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At first I found the wealthy, pampered twins in Night Road, to be spoiled brats that were hard for me to care about. Certainly their helicopter mother and happy-go-lucky father didn’t add to the family charm. But, enter Lexi Baill, whose identity is a complete contrast to their lifestyles, and I took notice. One has to read every detail waiting for the “tragic event” to come that the reader can feel in his/her bones. Tragedy then strikes again and, yet again, taking the reader to the brink of tolerance and empathy. Hannah certainly is a master in creating searing emotional reaction in both the characters and the reader (at least in this reader!). One of those novels that can be examined on several levels and from each character’s point of view. Unfortunately versions of this tragic story happen all too frequently in real life. We have a family member who was lost in a similar accident, and eventually one comes to realize that no one can judge how grief will play out among those involved. Even though it was difficult to swallow, I commend the author for Jude’s “tenacity” in not faking forgiveness for appearance sake. She truly was very deeply disturbed to her core.
This story, or similar novels, should be recommended for high school students. Possibly a few might even take notice of the message! KH certainly brings a crisp sense of reality in her depictions of the characters and events. One is almost forced to dwell on how s/he would react under similar circumstances, as we all have or will undoubtedly have similar “hairpin turns” in life that challenge our views of life as we have known it.
Comment by hvig414 — January 18, 2012 @ 1:53 am
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Night Road. I also found the mother Jude unbearable. Accompanying her high school daughter to school on the first day of school to help her find her locker! Perhaps this book should be required reading for parents of teenagers also!
Comment by Susanbright — January 18, 2012 @ 10:09 am
I agree with your comment, that the mother was a pain.
Comment by ilene gold — January 18, 2012 @ 6:07 pm
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