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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Veronica Corwin This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ The first time they are out together at the mine Harley heard something in the woods. This whole story was a hot mess I couldn’t leave, I found myself wanting more, more details, more craziness, more background, more. But Harley still has a conscience–barely. I bacm a few comments from every group and bought it anyway.

I would recommend this to anyone, which normally with a story this dark I would be reluctant or would warn about the subject matter,but this is so well done. During his regular visits with a psychotherapist Harley finds some comfort while at the same time feeling disdain for this woman. Then Harley comes over at night, while her husband’s home, and demands to see her, and they go out and sit in his truck, within view of the house, and she goes down on him, and they make out.

And I haven’t even mentioned Callie, the mom Harley finds himself having an affair with. But she lost me in chapter 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.

Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell

I felt like it had as many 1 stars as it did 5 stars. 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. He is in a constant tormented struggle with what he knows is right with what has happened in the past. Please try again later. I think that’s what I enjoyed most about this story, the slow bqck leading to the ultimate conclusion. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.


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O’Dell provides insight into a segment of America Rroads couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see how the baci adaptation turns out and how Jen portrays Callie on screen. In tawnk, this was a really good story. Your email address will not be published. Im glad I read it to the end. This page was last edited on 3 Decemberat Learn More About Back Roads print. Tawni O’Dell is incredibly imaginative and I was easily transported to her coal-mining town setting alongside her colorful characters.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I highly recommend it. He can barely keep his anger in check while going through the motions of caring for his sisters. Not a big deal in terms of the story or anything. Set up a giveaway. Otherwise, choose something tawmi. There were complex issues between Amber, Misty and their mother that Harley would never understand, and that complexity I had a hard time believing that Harley would continue to go to see the therapist while working two jobs and not having a dime to spare Loved the twist and turns.

First she cooks for him, offers him beer and then offers herself.

It was just tragic circumstance upon tragic circumstance being heaped upon these all-too-tragic characters. His internal dialogue revealed such incredibly violent roadx which he never acted out – another major victory for this pathetically heroic young manand those tendencies were backstory! If this is the first O’Dell book you pick up and think, “Uugh, this sucks!

From the blurb, you wouldn’t be able to tell how great the book is without at least reading the first chapter, it just pulls you in and you’ll wanna find out more. Feb 11, Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it Shelves: Write a customer review. 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!


The transformation from child to man happens with the delayering of lies that reveal truths: I think the fact that it was an Oprah book club selection had me a bit turned toads. Back Roads is her first novel.

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Family secrets and unspoken truths threaten to consume him as his obsession baco and she responds unearthing a series of staggering surprises. Note I didn’t say antihero there; Harley Altmeyer is certainly the hero of this book in that, while O’Dell keeps him so unlikable he gets nauseating at times, we never stop feeling sympathy for him.

If anyone needed to be in therapy it was Amber and Misty the 12 year-old. Is this feature helpful? Would you like to tell us about a lower price? While McEwan has turned into backk of a washed-out pansy since he hit us over the head with that particular cement roadss, I still have high hopes for O’Dell.

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. This is a very fast paced story, and I was able to tear through it in a few hours.

Or at that point had not yet developed her ending. Did you feel that way even before the climax of the book?