Laura Moriarty, 2007, 320 p.
This was another winner by Ms. Moriarty. Although I didn’t like it as well as “The Center of Everything,” I did find it quite intriguing. The plot starts with a teenaged girl who hits a classmate with her car and kills her. The rest of the novel is about what happens afterwards, and is told by the mother (Leigh) instead of the daughter (Cara). I couldn’t stand Leigh, but that’s okay. It’s sometimes nice to dislike the characters in a book, because you find yourself trying to figure out why they are so awful. By the end of the book I felt like I understood Leigh. I knew why she was so self-absorbed and I could even empathize with her, but I still didn’t care for her.
I agree with some critics that say that all characters except for Leigh were kind of two dimensional. Because of this, I give this book 4 hearts.