Tara Road follows the lives of several women as hopes and dreams are shattered and remade. I really hated the fact that the women in the book constantly give men their way. They completely give up their lives for them and take them back again and again. I also felt the voices of the American characters weren’t authentic — they sounded very much like an Irish writer trying unsuccessfully to sound American. The American teens used words and phrases that no American teen would ever use. With that said, it was an engaging read. Everyone has secrets, which make the reader keep turning the pages. For the most part, the characters are likable, even when you want to scream at them in frustration.