What is life?

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What is life?

The story of a boy meets girl… in rehab. After getting drunk, stealing a car, and

crashing into a ditch, “Mad Dog” Maddie is sent to Spring Meadows, a rehab center to

gain control of her life. There she meets her best friend Trish and falls in love with

Stewart. But love is never that easy, especially not in rehab. She falls for the right guy at

the wrong time. Recovery Road is about Maddie’s struggles to find her identity while also

maintaining her relationship with Stewart and Trish in the real world. Although a tragic

story, it teaches about the effects of drug and alcohol addiction on teenagers… but

without being preachy. Blake Nelson gracefully uses multiple settings and plot,
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Nelson provides hope for

people that they have the ability to change if they really want to. “And then I feel

something. Something that’s totally new. I feel the tiniest sensation of hope. Maybe my

life isn’t over. Maybe my life has just begun” (Nelson 57). Along with providing an

important lesson, Nelson doesn 't hold back when it comes to consequences. Stewart 's fate

is a solid example of when individuals are not able to stop due to the lack of support and

faith in themselves.

Blake Nelson cleverly uses themes in Recovery Road to make a point about the

harsh realities of life. As Maddie goes through the process of recovery, she realizes the

disastrous effects drugs had on her. She not only put her life on the line, but also risked

the lives of others. Nelson makes a caustic portrayal of the fact that many people do not

like to acknowledge the issue of teenage drug abuse even though it is rampant among

many teens. Identity and overcoming obstacles are also significant themes of Nelson’s

book. In the beginning, Maddie would kill to have some alcohol. “God, I’d love a shot of

Jack Daniel’s, I think. Or a hit off a joint. Or anything” (Nelson16). But after getting out

of Spring Meadows, she realizes that she needs to change now or never. Nelson shows

that believing in one’s self is the most important thing, and it not only applies to drug

abuse, but to many other problems of life.

Life is
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