Recovery Road by Blake Nelson
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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....
My Thoughts: We are introduced to Madeline aka Maddie who is in rehab for drinking and drugs. We learn from the get go what she's going through, how hard it is for her, and that she just doesn't care at first. We meet her friend Trish whose also in rehab. Trish gets out first so Maddie has to go through the rest alone except she's not alone. She meets a boy named Stewart who is also in rehab down the road. They start to see more of each other and start to develop feelings for each other! One of the rules in rehab is you aren't supposed to date each other.
Maddie gets out and waits for Stewart to get out. He moves fairly close to her and they see eachother every once in a while. The book is split up into parts so you can get to see what both Maddie and Stewart go through in the upcoming year. A lot of events happen throughout the year. I'll stop there. If you want to know more or what happens, read it.
Overall: I enjoyed reading Recovery Road but I didn't love it. I felt like it was kind of dragged out a bit. I enjoyed the first part of the book more than the last. I liked Stewart at the beginning but by the end I wasn't too fond of him.
Cover: The cover is neat. Its really creative, especially all the pills on the front!