Long Way Home
My deep and unending love for Katie McGarry is known to many by this point. I always worry when a new book is coming out by an author, because what if I don’t like it and then my unending love is over. Luckily, there’s no need to worry. I adored LONG WAY HOME, and will definitely be reading it again.
If you’ve read NOWHERE BUT HERE and WALK THE EDGE, the first two books in the Thunder Road series, then you already know the main characters Violet and Chevy. They were dating in previous books, but have broken up by the start of the novel. They were head over heals in love, but something came between them --- something called the Reign of Terror motorcycle club.
"If you’ve read the previous books in the series, LONG WAY HOME won’t disappoint. If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely recommend starting it."
The Reign of Terror is a legit club, as far as motorcycle clubs go. They run a business protecting trucks, and also just enjoy motorcycles. They have a rivalry with another club nearby, for reasons that you will know if you read the books. This other club is not so legit. Even though I know it’s done purposefully by the author, I have a big problem with the club. The club is men only, and many of the members, including the leaders, are sexist pigs. Women aren’t allowed to know anything about what goes on in the club, even if they’re married to a member. This is something that I hope will change by the end of the series.
I have a confession to make. I have a slight theory/wish that I had hoped would play out in this book, but since it didn’t I hope it will happen in the next one. Each book features a male and female main character. Up to this point, all the male leads have been future members of the club, and the female leads doing some other role. They’re pushing the boundaries of the club for sure, but not enough. My hope if with the next book, the female lead will demand to be made a member, thus pushing the boundaries of the club even more.
Anyways, back to the review. As of the beginning of the book, Chevy is soon to be made a member of the club (you can’t be a member until you’re 18, and he’s still 17). But he has some big decisions to make ahead of him. He wants to still be dating Violet, but she has sworn off the club and their help. Violet is one of my favorite characters in the book and the series as a whole. The guys don’t see it, but Violet realizes that the Reign of Terror isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.
Violet and Chevy are up against some pretty big odds in this book, and seeing them work together, and fall back in love, is endlessly entertaining. Chevy annoyed me to no end at some points, but he makes up for it by the end. Their love story is one for the ages, and I can’t wait to see more of them in upcoming books.
If you’ve read the previous books in the series, LONG WAY HOME won’t disappoint. If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely recommend starting it. It doesn’t lack in the romance department, and would be better suited for older YA readers. LONG WAY HOME was an amazing read, and I hope you all enjoy it!
Reviewed by Isabel C., Teen Board Member on March 15, 2017