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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Funny and heartbreaking, this New York Times bestselling debut perfectly captures the maddening confusion of. Editorial Reviews. Review. Oprah Book Club® Selection, March Not since Back Roads – Kindle edition by Tawni O’Dell. Download it once . Danielle Barnes Backroads SUMMARY OF MAJOR EVENTS Backroads begins with Harley being questioned by the police for a crime that the reader knows not.

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Harley works 2 jobs I have said it before and I will say it again “damn these first time bitches! Tawni O’Dell is incredibly imaginative and I was easily transported to her coal-mining town setting alongside her colorful roadw. What’s the Name o Each sibling finds his or her own way of coping with this family tragedy. Trivia About Back Roads.

She coulda used some therapy. Learn More About Back Roads print. By love I mean the mother loves her children and the children have some strong and healthy ties to one another – but the mother does not protect or remove her children and the childrens’ relationships with one another become twisted and destructive. But then it turns out that she’s just as psycho, if not worse than the tqwni. Not just for his sisters but for him as well.

Beach reading at best. When Amber finds out Harley’s having an affair with the mom of one of the 6 year-old’s friends, she screams and cries about it for days like she caught her boyfriend cheating on her, mascara running down her face and all that stuff. Stay in Touch Sign up. Im glad I read it to the end. I cannot wait to read my way through the author’s other books.


Another theme was the question of Stockholm Syndrome – did Harley have it or not?

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The most interesting character, Misty, went almost completely voiceless and the ending was laughable, as was most of the book. She actually grew up in Indiana PA, where this novel is based. I couldn’t put this book down. I wish could give Back Roads a thousand stars, but already a thousand suns have gone into making this one.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Read reviews that mention back roads tawni odell year old main character younger sisters young man subject matter highly recommend book club well written twists and turns sisters after his mother dysfunctional family page turner ever read recommend this book read this book take care mother is in prison child abuse. The only time they actually came close to hurting Donny by luring him to sit directly underneath the automatic garage door while they press the button to lower it, Harley pulled him to safety at the last minute.

The back roads of south east Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania are dotted with shabby houses and trailer parks, dilapidated stores and factories all clustered around a McDonald’s or a Walmart. He seemed to freak out and literally run out of them like every time he went.

I respect her for that. He wants Callie Mercer so badly he fears he will explode.

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As he struggles to keep it together, things begin to spin out of control. An odd story, but interesting and attention-grabbing. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff she did though. In the face of each unexpected revelation and through every wrenching ordeal, Harley does the best he can to hold it all together. Tawni was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity.

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This was an engaging read. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This page was last edited on 3 Decemberat I started reading it and couldn’t put it down! View all 3 comments. Soon Harley finds that as shattered as his family is, there doads still more crushing surprises in store.

Harley is a 19 year old boy, who has to take care of his three younger sisters,Amber,Misty and Jody, after their mother has been sent to jail for killing their abusive father. Retrieved from ” https: Her descriptions, her call-backs, her character design in the teenage boy protagonist was all a joy to experience. He should be free from the backwards Pennsylvania coal town he calls home, with its lack of jobs and roadz sense of humor. But Harley still has a conscience–barely.

If you’ve got half a brain and have read enough books along these lines, you’ve probably got half of it figured before you open the front cover. Unless someone gives me a compelling reason, I won’t read this author again.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I highly recommend it. Berkley January 1, Publication Date: