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Publisher Comments:

Dear anyone who cared about Cameron,

I was the driver of the "other" car.

The police and my mother and father and plenty of people are saying that I didn't kill her. But I know I did. That's what her parents must believe. And my brother, Jack. He always sees what's true. I want to tell him how sorry I am about the accident. I want to say a lot of things to him and to everybody. Like how Cameron was smart and beautiful and kind in a way that isn't all that common in high school. Like how much Jack loved her and how sometimes I can hear him crying through the wall at night. I want to say how bad everything can get.

In one split second.

Upside down and shattered.

Just like that.

Wrecked.

Review:

"Frank's (Life Is Funny) newest book deals with a family torn apart when 16-year old narrator Anna kills her brother's girlfriend, whose car swerves into Anna's lane as she drives home from a party. 'The day I killed my brother's girlfriend started with me handpicking leaves off our front lawn,' the novel begins, alternating between the present and flashbacks. At its best, the structure allows for moments of clarity as Anna makes sense of her family's tensions, such as a scene involving her cleaning her parents' glass collection and her controlling father asking, 'Remember when Jack broke the bud vase?' Anna takes the opportunity to admit that she had broken that vase six years before, marking a sea change within her. At times, however, these juxtapositions of past and present are not as fluidly integrated, serving to distance readers from the characters. As the novel goes on, the pace picks up. Frank offers a nakedly honest portrayal of the ups and downs that plague Anna day in and day out as she attempts to deal with the aftermath of her trauma. She experiences guilt and a fear of love, and eventually gains the knowledge that whatever life throws one's way, 'mostly you realize you can handle it.' With her powerful staccato writing style and her aversion to fairytale flourishes, Frank creates credible, all too human characters figuring out life as they go. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689873836
Author:
Frank, E R
Publisher:
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Author:
Frank, E. R.
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Situations - Death & Dying
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Atheneum Hardcover
Series:
Richard Jackson Books
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.86x6.36x.92 in. .84 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Frank's (Life Is Funny) newest book deals with a family torn apart when 16-year old narrator Anna kills her brother's girlfriend, whose car swerves into Anna's lane as she drives home from a party. 'The day I killed my brother's girlfriend started with me handpicking leaves off our front lawn,' the novel begins, alternating between the present and flashbacks. At its best, the structure allows for moments of clarity as Anna makes sense of her family's tensions, such as a scene involving her cleaning her parents' glass collection and her controlling father asking, 'Remember when Jack broke the bud vase?' Anna takes the opportunity to admit that she had broken that vase six years before, marking a sea change within her. At times, however, these juxtapositions of past and present are not as fluidly integrated, serving to distance readers from the characters. As the novel goes on, the pace picks up. Frank offers a nakedly honest portrayal of the ups and downs that plague Anna day in and day out as she attempts to deal with the aftermath of her trauma. She experiences guilt and a fear of love, and eventually gains the knowledge that whatever life throws one's way, 'mostly you realize you can handle it.' With her powerful staccato writing style and her aversion to fairytale flourishes, Frank creates credible, all too human characters figuring out life as they go. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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