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Glen lies about not having anything to do with a fatal car crash. Glen writes a long a letter to his daughter Sara, explaining what really really happened when he was involved in a fatal car crash where a young man dies. Guilt plays heavy on Glen's mind. He knows he lied. There were no other cars around and Sarah was only six-years-old at the time. Despite her age she knows that her dad had two close calls with the young man who died. She doesn't know why he only mentioned that they saw Juwan once, to her mom.
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Glen was fed up with reckless drivers and when the young man zoomed past him he barely had time to stop. Juwan was on the telephone and didn't even look up. The second time they crossed paths Glen was ready to blow his top. He followed him and Juwan hit a tree landing on Glen's neighbors lawn.

Glen's wife Liz is very practical. Something doesn't feel right about his story, but she can't put her finger on it. Glen is questioned at the accident scene and at the house. He refuses to let the police question Sara who was riding in the backseat of the car. He is scared that if he tells the truth he will be sued and do prison time.

Glen sees a lone black woman at the vigil and is right in assuming that Tawana is Juwan's mother. Guilt kicks in, the kid had a family who loved him. A high school honor student who volunteered in his community. Glen had questioned what a person that young would be doing with a late model Jaguar. The car belonged to the young man's mother and he did not have permission to drive it. He was not a drug dealer or gang banger. Glenn had assumed wrong.

When it becomes clear that Tawana might sue Liz decides that it may be best if the couple separate in order to keep their house. A short-term divorce would mean they would not lose everything they worked for in a civil suit.

Glen doesn't want that, but his lies are forcing his hand. He has little choice. Sara is crushed. Glen moves out and leases an apartment. Liz quits her job in order to give Sara more time to adjust to Glen being gone.

The lawyers are tough and the police start to question Glen more. His letter is the only thing that keeps him from going insane. That and a picture of Juwan given to him by a detective investigating the accident. Rizzo knew that Glen wasn't telling the truth. Glen keeps the photo in his wallet. In the picture is a young Jawuan one where he is about the same age as Sara. A reminder to Glen of what a lie can do.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked that the story made the main character Glenn acknowledge his responsibility to his conscious and that he learned from his mistake of lying.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was Glenn pulling Juwuan's picture from his wallet it showed that the man had remorse for his lies.

Opinion about the main character: I liked that Glenn was able to find his conscious and stopped acting like he did not do anything wrong.

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 13 Blue-Winged Teal scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   actions leading to death of someone Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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