I had just turned eighteen, and when you drive in new post-adolescence, you drive with friends. We were headed to shoot a few rounds of putt-putt.
So begins the memoir by Darin Strauss who was driving his friends to play miniature golf when a girl on her bike (who happened to be in his senior class in high school) darted out in front of his car.
He killed her and it changed everything.
This is a very honest accounting of how Darin reconciles the fact that although he killed a classmate, it wasn't his fault. With deep introspection, he examines his feelings right after the accident, when he attends college, and then when he is trying to build a life with his soon-to-be wife.
I'm not sure that middle school students will be able to relate to this book, but I do think at least a few students are living with what seems to be a terrible secret - a part of themselves they try to keep private from the outside world.
And probably at least one or two people reading this blog have had to deal with a terrible accident. Maybe something happened to someone you love, or perhaps you are living with guilt over something that happened in your life. It would be hard to find a book where someone has examined his feelings so honestly and written about them with such perceptive insight.