Well, I needed a whole box of tissues for this one! What a great story, what great characters, what a book to read on New Year’s Eve! This is the story of three teenagers, Zach and Mia, twins who are exactly alike and yet so different, and their friend, Lexi, a girl looking for her place in the world and a family to love her.
At 14 Lexi finds herself in a small town near Seattle living with her Aunt Eva. She has been in many foster homes since the death of her heroin addicted mother, but now she hopes that she has found someone who will love her. Lexi’s social worker has gotten her into a good high school on the nearby island. On the first day of school, which is as awful as Lexi has imagined except for a brief encounter with the most popular boy in class, she finds a girl in a pink tutu and a black tank reading under a spindly tree during lunch. Lexi feels as if she’s met her kindred spirit in this odd and lonely girl and besides being warned that “sitting with Mia will be like social suicide” Lexi takes the chance and a friendship is born. Then she finds that the popular boy who noticed her in first period class is actually Mia’s twin brother, Zach, could be a good thing or a very bad thing.
Of course Mia and Lexi become BFFs instantly, and because Zach is Mia’s twin, the threesome becomes inseparable throughout high school until the night of their final graduation party. You’ll have to read the book to see how their lives are affected after this night. But be prepared…it’s not pretty, it’s not a fairy tale, but it is darn fine writing. You’ll have to make up your own mind about Lexi’s confession, about Jude’s (Zach and Mia’s mother) grief, about Zach’s maturity. By the end of the book I’m betting you’ve changed your mind about it all!
This is a book about consequences and redemption, about learning to live with grief, and of course about the power of love. Wow, I can’t believe I read this all in one night while saying goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011…I was so engrossed I even forgot that bottle of champagne chilling in the frig…oh well, tomorrow is another day (words to live by, thanks Scarlett!). And thank you Kristan Hannah for Night Road.