Saturday, November 21, 2009

Solace of the Road by Siobjan Dowd

Holly Hogan hasn't had the best life. She was taken from her home when she was very young and has been in and out of foster homes. None of those homes worked out, though, and Holly is done with them. When she is moved in with foster parents again, she starts to remember the good things about her mother. That's the problem, she only remembers the good things. She puts on her foster mom's blonde wig and hits the road, no longer Holly, but Solace. She wants to find her mom. She wants to get those good memories back and she wants to keep them. And besides, Solace is different than Holly was. She is smart and attractive. As she travels the road, she meets kind people and some not-so-kind people. It's a struggle and she has no money. Now that she is on the road as Solace, she remembers the bad things about her mother. Will Solace become Holly again? Or, will she find her mom?

Solace of the Road was a very good novel. It tells an amazing story of a girl, who just wants things to be the way they used to. Everyone feels that way at times so this story was very realistic. Siobhan Dowd did a very good job describing the setting and the character's actions. It was a very interesting, yet exciting novel, leaving me wondering what would happen next. I would definitely recommend this book to all readers who enjoy any young-adult novels.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fairborn, Ohio USA