Back Roads by Tawni ODellHarley Altmyer should be in college drinking Rolling Rock and chasing girls. He should be freed from his closed-minded, stricken coal town, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, hes constantly reminded of just how messed up his life is.
With his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, Harley is an orphan with the responsibilities of an adult and the fiery, aggressive libido of a teenager. Just nineteen years old, hes marooned in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters, whose feelings about him range from stifling dependence to loathing. And once he develops an obsession with the sexy, melancholic mother of two living down the road, those Victorias Secret catalogs just wont do the trick anymore. He wants Callie Mercer so badly he fears he will explode. But its the family secrets, the lies, and the unspoken truths that light the fuse and erupt into a series of staggering surprises, leaving whats left of his family in tatters. Through every ordeal, the unforgettable Harley could never know that his endearing humor, his love for his sisters, and his bumbling heroics would redeem them all.
Funny and heartbreaking, Tawni ODells pitch-perfect characters capture the maddening confusion of adolescence and the prickly nature of family with irony and unerring honesty. Back Roads is a riveting novel by a formidable new talent.
One day youre that guy whos happy he managed to survive high school and get that almighty piece of paper, and youre thinking you might try to get a job at Redi-Mix concrete where your dads worked since the beginning of time. And at least youve got a family you can stand even if they are all sisters.
Ambitious but unrefined, Alex Pettyfer's directorial debut “Back Roads” is a raw movie overburdened by heavy-handed drama. Harley (Pettyfer).
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But it can also be a calculated image-changer. Far from it. Pettyfer, who began his career as a model, tries to offset his handsomeness by playing every scene with a kind of distraught worminess, and to a degree it works. We can sense how uncomfortable Harley is in his own skin. At the overlit big-box grocery store where Harley works the night shift, he meets Callie Jennifer Morrison , a local mom about 10 years older than he is, trapped in a lonely marriage with a couple of young kids. He has too much natural physical confidence. They become a series of labels we affix to the characters.