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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One of the most amazing aspects of O’Dell’s writing is that she leads you to draw one conclusion about a character, and then slowly feeds you evidence that you’ve misjudged. To ask other readers questions about Back Roadsplease sign up.

And I gotta give props to the author for the excellent way she had of giving me the feel for the area where the story takes place, the beautiful woods and hills mixed with the run-down decay of a town where coal used to be king, the gloomy sort of feeling the whole place had, bak run down almost, the world was moving on. 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.

And of course, it’s brilliant. He doesn’t strike his sisters; he’s been trying to protect them. When the truth comes out that she killed her pet kitten, the kitten whose collar she bacck constantly that everyone thought had been killed by a hunter, I was disgusted. But, I digress, as my opinion on that really doesn’t have to do with the story, lol. The introduction of impressionist art somehow hinted that this book might rise above the jokes, but in the end it wasn’t enough.

I was hoping Harley’s psychosis would tawnu developed more completely so that the twist ending led me on a more intense ride. It is fallow like that. She actually grew up in Indiana PA, where this no One of the most amazing aspects of O’Dell’s writing is that she leads you to draw one conclusion about a character, and then slowly feeds you evidence that you’ve misjudged.


Feb 11, Robert Beveridge tanwi it really liked it Shelves: Too many characters with too many flaws stemming from the events of their lives, until I could no longer believe in the integrity of the characters or the story. As the story progresses the reader is made aware that Harley’s life as an abused child will never improve.

The book is not about how he’s surviving in life though, but about love as well, as a key poi I have to admit that the blurb is deceiving this time. Please try again later. Why does Amber seek safety and comfort in the arms of all the wrong people?

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It would make dad more deserving of what he got. Finished it in 2 days because I could not put it down. Don’t miss out on this. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Customers who viewed this item also rkads.

And I didn’t like how nothing happened to her in the end.

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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. I left there knowing that I would read every book she ever writes, and that I would not mind paying full price for her books!

I wanted her ttawni tell me it was true.

It would be all Misty’s fault now. Yes, Harley is angry and in trouble, but funny too. I was intrigued by the psychology of Harley, and the unfortunate circumstances of t This was my first time reading an Oprah selection and I was disappointed.

Viewed through the thoughts and experiences of a 19 yr boy old left to care for his three sisters after his mother is imprisoned for murdering his father. When he asked the neighbor to meet him at the mining office he asked her to bring the stuff to make smores. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Read more Read less. If anyone needed to be in therapy it was Amber and Misty the 12 year-old.


Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I was close but not quite. But she lost me in chapter Nevertheless, I had hopes that Harley could somehow survive, perhaps get away and start a ne I’m having a hard time rating this book. Her work has been translated into 15 languages and been published in over 30 countries.

Sure Harley’s in a mental home, but I really think that’s for the best, until he learns to cope, and accept the things that happened and gain some strength or something. And even Jody’s scribbles turn malevolent.

Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell

Herein lies the brilliance of the writer. Harley describes the view from their house this way: Too much or too little taken on, and the results of that decision.

His 16 year-old sister Amber comes onto him at every opportunity, wearing see-through lace nighties around the house, flashing him her g-strings Thank you for your feedback. Back Roads is about a 19 year old boy named Harley Altmyer who has to take care of his three younger sisters after their caring mom has been sent to jail for killing their abusive father.

May 29, Sammy rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. To my surprise, the unfavorable reviews here were a pleasure to read, and many made me WANT to read this book. Harley works 2 jobs I have said it before and I will say it again “damn these first time bitches! Her works have been published in more than forty countries.

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