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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

edgy and compelling

Recovery Road is the story of two teens, Madeline and Stewart, both with blemished pasts and a brand new opportunity for a fresh start from rehab. At the lowest point in their lives, Madeline and Stewart fall for one another, giving them a sense of togetherness in a voi...
Recovery Road is the story of two teens, Madeline and Stewart, both with blemished pasts and a brand new opportunity for a fresh start from rehab. At the lowest point in their lives, Madeline and Stewart fall for one another, giving them a sense of togetherness in a void of confusion, but when they're released, reality strikes back. When Madeline is released, she's determined to get her life back together, and she's excited for Stewart to join her in healing after rehab, but when he's released, it's clear the darkness is still there, and they're spiraling downwards together. Again.

I've been dying to read Recovery Road for a long time now, in large part because of the captivating premise and simplistic cover. Blake Nelson has created a story where the characters are every bit as addicting as the addiction itself, spinning you along on a path of destruction, self-discovery and, ultimately, the desire for redemption. The beauty if Recovery Road lies in the realistic portrayal of the devastating nature of addiction, whether it be to drugs, attention, or companionship. Addiction, in itself, becomes a character, making it a raw and real adventure.

Madeline is one of those characters that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to relate to but somehow could. She has rage issues, drug dependency and a desperate desire to find fulfillment somewhere and, frankly, anywhere. Stewart is presented as your typical bad boy, but there's an endearing edge to him, as well, making him someone you love to hate and hate to love. Throw in a few secondary characters with their own issues, and Recovery Road is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. I have to say that the plot was strong for Recovery Road, but the characters were strong, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's almost as though one fuels and tempers the other, making the pacing strong and steady. The only real issue I had with the book was the chapter length. They were only a few pages apiece, and I prefer medium-length chapters. Luckily, however, it didn't affect the pacing, so that's just personal preference.

All in all, Recovery Road was a fabulous, fast-paced ride in which you feel for the characters every step of the way. I give it a very strong 4.5 out of 5, and I'd recommend it to all fans of YA, especially those who like edgy stories and contemporary fiction, specifically.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

posted by iswimforoceans on February 7, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

This book recovery road is a very good book. I really liked it b

This book recovery road is a very good book. I really liked it because it was a real life topic because there is lots of teens who go to rehab to recover there issue they have with drugs or alcohol. I really liked the part that Madeline and Stewart met. I believe that r...
This book recovery road is a very good book. I really liked it because it was a real life topic because there is lots of teens who go to rehab to recover there issue they have with drugs or alcohol. I really liked the part that Madeline and Stewart met. I believe that really helped them through there rough life time at rehab. This book didn't bored me at all i enjoyed reading it, im glad i read this book . I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading good interesting books.

posted by j0316 on May 20, 2013

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    edgy and compelling

    Recovery Road is the story of two teens, Madeline and Stewart, both with blemished pasts and a brand new opportunity for a fresh start from rehab. At the lowest point in their lives, Madeline and Stewart fall for one another, giving them a sense of togetherness in a void of confusion, but when they're released, reality strikes back. When Madeline is released, she's determined to get her life back together, and she's excited for Stewart to join her in healing after rehab, but when he's released, it's clear the darkness is still there, and they're spiraling downwards together. Again.

    I've been dying to read Recovery Road for a long time now, in large part because of the captivating premise and simplistic cover. Blake Nelson has created a story where the characters are every bit as addicting as the addiction itself, spinning you along on a path of destruction, self-discovery and, ultimately, the desire for redemption. The beauty if Recovery Road lies in the realistic portrayal of the devastating nature of addiction, whether it be to drugs, attention, or companionship. Addiction, in itself, becomes a character, making it a raw and real adventure.

    Madeline is one of those characters that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to relate to but somehow could. She has rage issues, drug dependency and a desperate desire to find fulfillment somewhere and, frankly, anywhere. Stewart is presented as your typical bad boy, but there's an endearing edge to him, as well, making him someone you love to hate and hate to love. Throw in a few secondary characters with their own issues, and Recovery Road is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. I have to say that the plot was strong for Recovery Road, but the characters were strong, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's almost as though one fuels and tempers the other, making the pacing strong and steady. The only real issue I had with the book was the chapter length. They were only a few pages apiece, and I prefer medium-length chapters. Luckily, however, it didn't affect the pacing, so that's just personal preference.

    All in all, Recovery Road was a fabulous, fast-paced ride in which you feel for the characters every step of the way. I give it a very strong 4.5 out of 5, and I'd recommend it to all fans of YA, especially those who like edgy stories and contemporary fiction, specifically.

    I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Hi my name is rebecca.really god book.

    Awsome!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Good Book

    I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down ,i finished the book in 3 days. The ending did leave me hanging not knowing what happened with Stewert. The book was different and this was a differen kind of book that i have never read before and it was written very good!

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