Road to Nowhereby Published 26 Feb 2002
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A Dark And Stormy Night.
Teresa Chafey is running away from home. Driving north along the California coast, she picks up two mysterious hitchhikers: Poppy Corn and Freedom Jack. Together the three of them tell stories: Teresa of her devastating relationship with her boyfriend, Poppy of a sad young woman she once knew, and Freedom of a talented young man with a violent temper.
Yet as they talk, a darker story unfolds around them. A story of life and death, of redemption and damnation. It will be the longest night of Teresa's life.
Maybe the last night of her life.
"Road to Nowhere" Reviews
Feels like a combination of a David Lynch movie, 'Riders on the Storm' by The Doors and a love story.
Four stars for the characters, four stars for the plot twist, and four stars for the ending.
Just as fun as I remembered, though rather religious!
I used to devour Christopher Pike's books as a teen, and to be honest, I probably wouldn't have got into writing if I hadn't been so inspired by his stuff (him and a few others authors). Recently, I treated myself to a few of his books to see if they'd managed to stand the test of time... with this being one that I remembered as being particularly good.
It's fair to say that, despite my advanced years (ho ho), I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did back in the day. I started it this morning, then voila, before I knew it, I'd finished it only a few hours later. It made for an addictive read!
It's about Theresa, a teen girl on the run from her no-good cheating boyfriend and her best friend. She picks up two hitchhikers; Freedom Jack, a magician with a wicked outlook on life, and Poppy Corn, a miserable girl who spends most of the journey chain-smoking in the back. To keep themselves amused, they take turns to tell stories. Theresa tells the story of her own sad, failed love affair, and Free and Poppy tell her about friends of theirs, John and Candy.
As the trip goes on, things get weirder. They stop off to see Free's mum, who happens to live in a horror story castle and is a fortune teller. Likewise, Poppy's dad is a priest. As the road goes on, it becomes apparent that this isn't your normal road trip, and that things are going to end badly unless there's a bit of divine intervention at some point...
As with all Pike's fab teen books, this was a compulsive read. He has an uncanny knack of pulling you right in - I personally think this is his greatest skill. Sure, it's a little over-dramatic in places; but hey, this is for a teen audience, and back then I lapped this sort of thing up. The ending was far more religious than I remembered, but it didn't cause me any particular problems. After all, it's a book that deals with some fairly weighty emotions, so it doesn't seem unreasonable that religion might sneak in there somewhere.
A very enjoyable trip down memory lane, and one that I'd recommend to teenagers now (or perhaps people like me who liked them the first time around!).
I read this when I was 13. That following Christmas, my parents surprised me with a tower of his books. I still read this book every so often. Oh that's right, there I said it.
I read this book when I was about 11. And I remember telling my dad as he was driving me to school one morning that I liked Christopher Pike books because they were profound. He really made me think about things. At that time I had never read any books with the subject matter that some of his books contained. They had life, death, and religion. What I remember most about the YA horror/suspense/supernatural books at the time were that they were the slasher type where kids got together and got killed in various ways. That could be because those were the only kind I really read. Christopher Pike sometimes just seemed to have more meaning...for an 11 year old.
We have a number of Christopher Pike novels in our junior high school library. A student who is an avid reader mentioned that he was really surprised that these books are on our shelves. I checked all of them out to read over the summer.
The plot in Road to Nowhere contains sex, drugs, and some mild profanity. Though the plot seems predictable through most of the book, the conclusion has some great twists and turns that were entirely unexpected. The book combines suspense, mystery, and teen romance.
Follett gives it a "Young Adult" rating. It is intended for an upper grade audience of 9th. grade and above.
This was a quick and enjoyable read for me. I look forward to reading the rest of our Pike novels before asking if the high school library would like to have them.