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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (PB) (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849920052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849920056
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"Unexpectedly life affirming, wise and mature" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"A memorably touching story with a suitably emotional ending" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)

"For readers more at home with awkward reality than sentimentality, Solace of the Road has a lot to offer. Siobhan Dowd meets every challenge with the authority of a born writer" (Nicholas Tucker Independent)

"Real, touching, at times gritty, but laced with humour throughout it will delight teenage and adult readers alike" (Irish Post)

"This gritty, realistic novel which deploys Dowd's talent for humour, will appeal to the older teenage reader" (Daily Telegraph)

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The mesmerising tale of Holly, who flees her foster-home life and, taking on the persona of Solace, finds herself in a road-trip adventure.

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In some ways, the story of Holly Hogan starts with what many readers might think of as a happy ending. Fostered by a well-meaning middle class couple, it seems that fourteen year old Holly is being given a second chance at happiness. But all Holly has ever wanted is to find the mam she's sure is out there looking for her. For her, fostered is not the same as belonging. Troubled and insecure, Holly is a character who still has far to go and much to learn.

It's difficult to describe a character who spends the majority of her story pretending to be somebody else. Holly is the mixed-up teen whose tough-girl facade almost convinces, but not quite: mistrustful of kindness, quick to anger, but carting around the same stuffed dog she's had since she was a toddler. As Solace, she's a glamour girl - captivating and free-spirited, hitchhiking her way to Ireland in a blonde wig and a shoplifted dress. And yet it's through Solace that we really get to know who Holly is. In her blonde, seventeen year old alter-ego Holly finds the strength to make the journey home, and to face whatever she might find there. She makes bad choices, she does not-so-admirable things, but readers will form a bond with her because she's humorous and she's real.

I have to confess, at first I suspected that I might find Solace of the Road a little slow moving for my tastes. While it is the case that there isn't a huge sense of urgency to Holly's journey, the story is nonetheless compelling. As Holly gets herself in and out of trouble, each crisis brings her closer to facing up to a truth she's buried so deeply she doesn't even know it's there.
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Oh man. Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd was such an emotional roller coaster. Why has it taken me so long to pick up another book by this amazing author?! Siobhan Dowd writes so beautifully and with such emotion. I am in awe of her and also hugely saddened that she is no longer with us.

Last year I read A Swift Pure Cry and almost didn't have the words to describe the feelings that I felt when reading and because of that, I put off writing the review for that book for a very long time. Now, with Solace of the Road, I am determined that that will not happen again.

In some ways, I was a little intimdated by reading Solace of the Road. Everyone I know who has read books by Siobhan Dowd rates them all very highly. I wanted to love it too and I was worried that I wouldn't. I can see now how much needless worry that I wasted because Solace of the Road was incredible.

I love road trip stories very much. I love the excitement of them. I love the interesting people that you can meet and how things usually end up going a bit wrong or at least very differently to how you imagine this journey to take. All of this is very much true for the road trip that takes place within this book.

But really, it is Holly's story and her character that really drew me into Solace of the Road. I really felt for her, as I read about Holly being in care, about her experiences (which are usually not great) with other foster families. Her important relationship with Miko and some of the other care babes. You can tell from the way that Holly speaks about her mother, that she really maintains hope that Holly's mother is in Ireland waiting for Holly.
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This book is brilliant, i could not put it down. There is such a gripping story line with some unexpected twists. There is a bit of bad language so i recommend this book for 13+. you must read this book because it is sooo good and i hate reading so when i find a book i love it is not often !!!!!!!!!!
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i really like this book, it is beautifully written and exetremely gripping, you really empathise with holly. If you like this i would recomend Bog Childand A Swift Pure Cry (Definitions), both also brilliant books.
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