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48 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

Best book I've read all year.

This novel is fantastic! I read it all in one day. It was engaging and completely captivated me until the end.
It is a story of three teens who become friends and the way life altering decisions warp the future. Lexi is a foster care child who is sent to Western Washin...
This novel is fantastic! I read it all in one day. It was engaging and completely captivated me until the end.
It is a story of three teens who become friends and the way life altering decisions warp the future. Lexi is a foster care child who is sent to Western Washington to live with her only known relative after many years in the system. Her great-aunt gives her hope in life and a stable home. She meets Mia and Zach, twins, who become her family after years of being alone. It's a dream come true for Lexi, until one fateful day when one bad decision shatters the world she knows.
It was heartbreaking, poignant, and beautifully written. This is the first novel I've read by Kristin Hannah but it's so enthralling I will be on the lookout for other stories available.

posted by salander_9277 on November 27, 2010

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10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

The ensemble cast is fully developed while the character driven story line is well written

In 2000, fourteen year old Lexi Baill learns she has family in Port George, Washington; her addicted late mom said they had none. She goes to live with her Great Aunt Eva who welcomes her to her trailer home.

Jude Faraday worries about her fourteen year old twins, p...
In 2000, fourteen year old Lexi Baill learns she has family in Port George, Washington; her addicted late mom said they had none. She goes to live with her Great Aunt Eva who welcomes her to her trailer home.

Jude Faraday worries about her fourteen year old twins, popular Zach shy loner Mia. At lunch Lexi notices Mia alone and asks to join her. Mia warns her she commits social suicide but Lexi sits down with her. Mia invites her to her house while Zach is stunned as he is attracted to the new girl, but will not act on it as Mia needs friends.

Three years later, Mia and Tyler go to a dance, as Jude persuades Zach to take Lexi. At the dance, Zach and Lexi admit their attraction and begin dating. They go to a party with Zach the designated driver, but he gets drunk. On the way home, they have an accident. Mia dies; Zach is severely hurt; and Lexi breaks her arm. Lexi is convicted of vehicular homicide for driving under the influence and given 65 months. Her lawyer informs Zach that Lexi is pregnant. In 2010, Lexi is out of prison but needs to see Grace once before she leaves town. She is stunned as Grace is alone and unhappy. Angry Lexi files for partial custody.

The ensemble cast is fully developed while the character driven story line is well written. Although the transition in time in high school is difficult to follow and the underlying cause for the conviction over the top of the Space Needle, readers will enjoy this deep melodramatic family drama as the death of Mia turned her surviving loved ones into living dead.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on February 20, 2011

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    sorta

    I really did like this book but it does not have drama where it should have drama and vis versa. Also when you read it there are two poits of view and in the book one persons point of view is WAY too dramatic and too judge mental and just cant get what she wants

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    This book just went on and on and on!! It could have been done

    This book just went on and on and on!! It could have been done in half the pages. 1st of her books I've read, and will probably be the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Not my cup of tea, too dark, but also protagonist melodramatic

    Most of the book was the mother running everyone's life and then her melodramatic 8 years (!) of agonized grieving with blow by blow description. The romance was hung in limbo on the mother's pithy pathos until the last 10 pages and suddenly it was all settled, they were back together and we didn't see much of the details on that. I've read almost all of Kristin Hannah's books and loved most of them but her two newer "message" books, this one and the wounded war veterans just seemed to be a real wallow in angst. Not entertainment; both an exercise in futility.
    None of us can save those we love from every bad thing that can happen. Trying to do so only makes our loved ones less able to cope as life hands them trials. Also, a too-tight rein causes rebellious teens.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

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    Sad

    Hannah does a good job with demonstrating the grief process thru her characters. This was a really sad book mainly because the main characters' grief consumes the reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    parents of teen agers

    This book is an easy read. Would probably appeal to a younger audience. Started out great, then was kind of long and draggy!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Disappointing

    Very predictable, to the point of boring.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Not recomended

    The book claims to be a love story but the two in love are not on the front lines of the story. In fact no one really is. The story is more of a struggling family with an alcoholic father Boring . Not at all what I expected.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Disappointment

    This novel, in no way, measures up to her former novels, nor the hype generated by the reviews. I felt the book was more suited for a high school student as most of the story revolved around that environment and time of life. I felt the plot was predictable and lacked depth. Winter Garden was so rich in detail and history, one would never know that the same author wrote Night Road. I am truly disappointed.

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