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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Let’s just hope O’Dell doesn’t end up a washed-out pansy who moves to England for the sole purpose of getting short-listed for the Booker Prize.

I always like to hunt for themes in a story I enjoy, and in this one Bback saw the theme of responsibility accepted and shirked.

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I always like to hunt for themes in a story I enjoy, and in this one I saw the theme of responsibility accepted and shirked. I hadn’t read a good book like that in a long time!

Make sure you start reading when you won’t have to worry about stopping! This book reminds me of the Catcher in the Rye as how the situations are differently yet the main character have the biggest issue with everyone else in the book.

Back Roads

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 tawji been sent to jail for killing their abusive father. Her writing is raw and real which helps add to the mood and characters of the book. Customers who bought this item also bought. Let’s try a sample of her writing shall we, just a taste. Instead, the back cover blurb calls him “wonderfully touching. I went into it not expecting anything – it’s not normally the book I’d read.


I disliked the ending. The real story should have been told tawnk Amber’s point of view. Harley’s left with raising his three younger sisters. O’Dell provides insight into a segment of America Although her debut, I found it better than her latest release, Angels Burning. I mean, I could understand his confusion, and frustration, and anger, but he was still twni of weird.

Published June 1st by Berkley Books first published Taqni 27th All in all, an amazing book. I can’t stop thinking about the story, or the author. Let this devastate you.

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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.

Nineteen year old Harley Altmeyer’s life is a thankless struggle to care for his sisters while their mother is in prison. All in all, an amazing book.


But maybe it’s because I’m a girl, and he’s a teenage boy, and I’m sure they think in a different way, see the world different.

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It would be all Misty’s fault now. It would take away some of my own guilt. It wasn’t fair he got the chance and I didn’t.

Maybe some of the readers were too close to the subject. Life is filled with secrets. Without giving away plot details that will erode the suspense which is essential for enjoyment of this novel, Callie Mercer’s behavior is not that of a mature woman with a frustrated marriage and a developing affair with a younger man. But Harley still has a conscience–barely.

Tanwi final decision is an attempt to provide some hope for his sisters. With his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, Harley is an orphan with the responsibilities of an adult and the Harley Altmyer should be in college drinking Rolling Rock and chasing girls.

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