Book Review: Recovery Road by Blake

From acclaimed author Blake Nelson, the story of girl meets boy…in rehab.


Madeline is sent away to Spring Meadows to help with a drinking and rage problem she has. It’s a pretty intense place, but there is the weekly movie night in town–where Madeline meets Stewart, who’s at another rehab place nearby. They fall for each other during a really crazy time in their lives. Madeline gets out and tries to get back on her feet, waiting for Stewart to join her. When he does, though, it’s not the ideal recovery world Madeline dreamed of. Both of them still have serious problems. And Stewart’s are only getting worse….

I’m surprised at how much I liked this book.  It’s not the kind of book I usually enjoy.  I’m so unlike the characters in this book, I’ve never even had a drink in my life.  But this book was so well written and I could feel what the characters were going through and somehow relate to their struggles.  It was a fast paced page turner that I flew through and finished in less than 24 hours.

Due to the subject matter of this book there was language and sex but it wasn’t over done and fit with the struggles the characters were going through.  When reading a book dealing with addiction and recovery it was subject matter that needed to be included to tell the story.

While this story wouldn’t be for everyone due to some of the content I would recommend it to parents of teens and teenagers who are involved in the partying scene.

Recovery Road will be released on March 8, 2011

Content: Strong language, sex, alcohol, drugs

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: ARC Tour