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Back Roads

by Tawni Odell

New American Library | July 5, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

Back Roads is rated 3.25 out of 5 by 8.
Nineteen-year-old Harley Altmyer struggles to keep it all together. With his father dead and mother in jail for the murder, he juggles two low-paying jobs and the care of his three younger sisters. His only escape is the occasional six-pack, and the beautiful young woman whose attentions provide Harley with pretty much the only pleasure in his life.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 416 pages, 6.9 × 4.3 × 1.2 in

Published: July 5, 2004

Publisher: New American Library

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451202341

ISBN - 13: 9780451202345

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Back Roads was a good read and definitely kept my interest. I do agree with some earlier reviews that the author definitely left many things unexplained and unfinished. All in all, still worth picking up!!
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! If you are easily depressed or offended, maybe this book is not for you. But for those of us who insist that a book be lyrical, profound, and mesmerizing, it was a wonderful find. The vivid characterizations including the oddly sympathetic protagonist (and yes, he was quite funny sometimes) combined with the mystery and suspense of the plot made the book irresistable and hard to put down. I finished a library copy late last night and am going out to buy my own this afternoon. That is the highest compliment I can give it. I will also recommend it to friends and relatives. Next, I am going to try to find other books by this author. Bravo, Miss O'Dell!
Date published: 2007-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No CLOSURE I picked up Back Roads from the discount rack at Chapters. I have to admit, I was drawn to it because it was an Oprah book pick. I read the book in just over 3 days. The narrative was engaging and easy to read. Once finished, I had numerous questions swirling in my mind. Why would a neighbour woman who is sophisticated, intelligent and seemingly perfect be interested in a 19 boy like Harley? I also asked myself, why did the author finish the novel so abruptly? Why didn't she answer the questions for the reader and provide them with CLOSURE? A few days later, I realized that the story is told from Harley's point of view - for some things there are no answers and sometimes there is no CLOSURE (at least not in 338 pages).
Date published: 2004-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Storyline nothing like the blurb I read the book because the blurb made it sound interesting. Could the actual story be any more different from the blurb?! I thought the book was awful. I am so tired of reading about people who can not for the life of them control thier lives. I think people can change and can take control. Harley's life did not have to be what it came to be.
Date published: 2001-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting, disturbing and beautiful Initially, I bought the book because it was one of Oprah's picks, plus it was 30% off, so I thought, "How could I go wrong?". Next thing I knew, I was swept into a world of murder, secrets, abuse, scandalous sex and intrigue. Harley - poor, hilarious, confused Harley - is someone who'll stay with you long after you finish this book. I was left grieving for a fictional character, and that itself proves how powerful O'Dell's writing is. Harley rivals Holden Caulfield in depth and wit, and is someone who you will genuinely care about. Few books are this touching and hard to forget. There are those who will not be able to handle some of the subject matter, so be prepared for some shockers along the way. Try to keep an open mind - and enjoy!
Date published: 2001-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected. I did find this book well written, but very disturbing. Had I known that it involved incest and abuse I probably wouldn't have purchased the book. I did find parts of the story great to read, but the ending was lacking closure. This might be one book you have to make up your own mind on.
Date published: 2001-04-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Back Roads Kind of a strange or odd story - but what Oprah pick isn't a bit different? I don't think the author really planned the entire story - I think it just came about as she was running with the real story?? It's a tale of a young man or teenager really, who due to circumstances that turn out to be quite odd finds himself guardian to younger sisters - who all appear to have one problem or another, and this crew are not your everyday family from the "Father knows best" series for sure. I found the story itself very far fetched - do you really think an adult neighbour - who is married with children would be even remotely interested in a sexual encounter (more than one...) with the teenager next door, (where her children play with "his" children?) Wouldn't you be more likely to believe she helped out with the dinners on ocassion? or "young women discussions"? She is certainly as emotionally unstable as the rest of the characters. Not a book I would say would broaden your horizons, make you more knowledgable about life, or even provide you with a restful nights sleep. Sorry, disappointed, I vote no to your purchase.
Date published: 2001-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from She did what?? The book itself is a well-written, emotion-filled work, particularily impressive because it is a man..er, boy's point of view, written by a woman (like the Wally Lamb phenomenon in reverse...). However, whoever wrote the blurb on the back of the book obviously didn't read the book itself...there is nothing funny about what happens in this book, and Callie is definitely NOT just some young woman paying attention to Harley...Be prepared for a little bit more, um, information than you might have been prepared for. I was quite disturbed by the ending, but the more personal revelations made by Harley made up for it...almost. I think perhaps the author watched a little too much Montel at some point during the writing process!
Date published: 2001-02-09

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Back Roads

by Tawni Odell

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 416 pages, 6.9 × 4.3 × 1.2 in

Published: July 5, 2004

Publisher: New American Library

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451202341

ISBN - 13: 9780451202345

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Nineteen-year-old Harley Altmyer struggles to keep it all together. With his father dead and mother in jail for the murder, he juggles two low-paying jobs and the care of his three younger sisters. His only escape is the occasional six-pack, and the beautiful young woman whose attentions provide Harley with pretty much the only pleasure in his life.
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