So, here we are then – week 10! About one-fifth of the way through the 2016 Reading Challenge and we have already read some terrific novels and discovered some authors that we didn’t know before. This week, the challenge is to read a book from Oprah’s Book Club. Now, I went and had a look at Oprah’s book list (you can find it here: http://static.oprah.com/pdf/obc-complete-list.pdf) and I found a book by an author I have read once before and really liked. So when I saw this book on the list, I knew it was the one I was going for:
Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell
“Harley Altmyer should be in college drinking Rolling Rock and chasing girls. He should be freed from his closed-minded, stricken coal town, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he’s constantly reminded of just how messed up his life is.
With his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, Harley is an orphan with the responsibilities of an adult and the fiery, aggressive libido of a teenager. Just nineteen years old, he’s marooned in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters, whose feelings about him range from stifling dependence to loathing. And once he develops an obsession with the sexy, melancholic mother of two living down the road, those Victoria’s Secret catalogs just won’t do the trick anymore. He wants Callie Mercer so badly he fears he will explode. But it’s the family secrets, the lies, and the unspoken truths that light the fuse and erupt into a series of staggering surprises, leaving what’s left of his family in tatters. Through every ordeal, the unforgettable Harley could never know that his endearing humor, his love for his sisters, and his bumbling heroics would redeem them all.”
After reading One of Us, I knew that I would more than likely enjoy this book. I am absolutely looking forward to it! Don’t forget to let us know what you are reading either at the bottom of this post or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you!
Last week, the challenge was to read a book featuring an indigenous culture. You can find my review here.