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Book Title: Recovery Road|
Date of issue: March 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780545107297
The author of the book: Blake Nelson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 816 KB
Edition: Scholastic Press
Read full description of the books Recovery Road:You may probably know that I have a really difficult and troubled relationship with tv shows.
After this, you're certainly asking yourself how this statement can have something to do with this book, but hold on, everything is gonna be explained, at last.
I've basically watched the 95% of the shows now on air or that have already ended and, at some point, I dropped them all. There are certain issues that brought me to that decision: either subtle or evident racism, perpetuated misogyny, women getting hurt for male characters' benefit, splatter-y and too bloody violence that makes me sick, too uncomfortable sexual content, exhaustingly long seasons that go anywhere and make me lose interest in the plot... yeah, a lot of things that irk me.
However, one upcoming tv show caught my attention, and it's named Recovery Road. If you didn't hear about it, then I'm gonna talk about it for the rest of this "review".
Recovery Road talks about a biracial (!!!) seventeen years old girl, Maddie Graham, who is an alcoholic (and actually used drugs) yet she doesn't understand the gravity of her situation. After being caught red-handed, she has to go living in a rehab treatment center for 90 days, and by day go to school. I kinda liked how alcoholism and drugs addiction was taken really seriously. I think that nowadays this problem is not totally relevant to society's eyes, teens drink and use drugs A LOT and don't know what they're going into. I think that serious problems taken seriously is one of the things that tv should start doing, instead of making it "glamorous". Thumbs up!
It also talks quite a lot about consent + good female friendships representation + cast diversity.
Of course it's not a masterpiece but is kinda cute to watch.
Obviously, when I discovered that this story was a book first, I decided to read it
Now that I've actually read it, I can say something:
1) this book is not at all like the tv show
2) the book is meh and lame af
White and spoiled Madeline goes to rehab and the whole situation lasts fifty pages. It's unbelievable how can someone recover so fast. In those fifty pages, there's an irritating insta-love (view spoiler)[at least Maddie gets smart and goes on with her life, not caring too much about the guy (hide spoiler)]. There are tons and tons of slut shaming. The short chapters didn't fit in this kind of novel. Alcoholism isn't treated properly and random people die, without any real explaination. Flat characters with zero personality rule this novel.
Simply, recovery is a serious problem, not taken seriously at all in this book.
Watch the show, instead.
Read information about the authorBlake Nelson grew up in Portland, Oregon. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details Magazine.
His first novel GIRL was originally serialized in SASSY magazine and was made into a film staring Selma Blaire and Portia De Rossi.
His novel PARANOID PARK won the prestigious International Grinzane Literary Award and was made into a film by Gus Van Sant.
His most recent Young Adult novel THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH has been shortlisted for the 2015 Edgar Award.
His 2011 novel RECOVERY ROAD has been adapted into a television drama for ABC FAMILY and will premier in January of 2016.
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